Sappi Fine Paper North America Announces Printers of the Year Gold.Winners in 16th Year of Competition

BOSTON – Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced the 10 gold winners of its 16th North American Printers of the Year awards for 2012-2013. These distinguished winners were chosen as the most outstanding print submissions from approximately 1800 entries this year. The 10 gold winners receive $20,000 as well as 5,000 lbs of paper towards supporting marketing and brand initiatives.

Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced the 10 gold winners of its 16th North American Printers of the Year awards for 2012-2013. These distinguished winners were chosen as the most outstanding print submissions from approximately 1800 entries this year. The 10 gold winners receive $20,000 as well as 5,000 lbs of paper towards supporting marketing and brand initiatives.

"With all the new technology available today, print and digital media are proving to be mutually supportive in increasing ROI of marketing campaigns," said Jennifer Miller, Executive Vice President Coated Business and Chief Sustainability Officer, Sappi Fine Paper North America. "With each Printers of the Year competition, we at Sappi recognize and applaud printers who continue to invest in the creative use of print, and take pride in showcasing the powerful possibilities of the medium."

Sappi's Printers of the Year awards recognize excellence in print and innovation, with nominated materials produced on Sappi papers across ten categories of work. A panel of highly regarded print professionals selected winning entries based on the overall impact of the piece, degree of difficulty in printing techniques, and technical excellence. The gold winners of Sappi's North American Printers of the Year are as follows:

Gold Award Winners of Sappi's North American Printers of the Year, 2013

Category Company Name Name of Entry Location of Company

Annual Reports Kirkwood Printing Boston University 2012 Annual Report Wilmington, MA

Books Typecraft Wood & Jones A Third Decade of Guess? Images Pasadena, CA

Brochures Franklin Dodd Communications, A Nationwide Argosy Solutions Company Unlimited Vacation Club Welcome Brochure Hialeah, FL

Calendars Bassette Company Pratt and Whitney 2013 Calendar Springfield, MA

Catalogs Nahan Printing, Inc. Bergdorf Goodman 2012 Spring Collections St. Cloud, MN

Digital Bridge Publications, Inc. La Collección de L Ronald Hubbard - Escritor Los Angeles, CA

General Offset Atlanta, A Nationwide Argosy Solutions Company Keeping Commerce in Motion Atlanta, GA

Magazines - Sheet Brilliant Graphics Opening Ceremony Annual Magazine, Issue 01 Sports 2012 Exton, PA

Magazines- Web Quad/Graphics - Sussex Vogue Magazine, December 2012 Sussex, WI

Printer's Own Promotion Fry Communications, Inc. Wow! Factory Sample Book Mechanicsburg, PA

To ensure the highest possible standards and integrity, this year's judging panel was comprised of Lauren Elliot, Principal of Wicked Good Print Production; Dr. Malcolm Kief, professor in the Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly; Ken Lantz, independent print and process consultant based in New York; and James K. Tenorio, professor in the Graphic Communications Management Program at University of Wisconsin-Stout Wisconsin's Polytechnic University.

Sappi's North American Printers of the Year gold and silver winners will also gain increased visibility with current and potential clients by being featured on their own page in Sappi's Printers of the Year Online Resource. This unique and searchable database for designers, print buyers and corporations provides information about the award winning printers and their capabilities, printing equipment and location. The database is available at: www.sappi.com/na/poy.

 

About Sappi Fine Paper North America

Sappi North America, known for innovation and quality, is a preeminent North American producer of coated fine and release papers, as well as dissolving wood pulp (DWP) and market kraft pulp headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Its coated fine papers, with highly recognized brand names such as McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are used in premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. Its food packaging brand, Lusterprint is a greaseproof product with an excellent print surface. The company is also the world's leading supplier of release papers for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries, including the globally recognized Ultracast brand. Sappi's release papers provide the surface aesthetics for synthetic fabrics used in footwear, clothing, upholstery and accessories, as well as the textures for decorative laminates found in kitchens, baths, flooring and other decorative surfaces. Sappi globally is the world's largest manufacturer of dissolving wood pulp, a versatile raw material for a wide range of products including textile fibers and household products. Sappi North America, through the recent conversion of the Cloquet pulp mill, manufactures dissolving pulp under Sappi's Specialised Cellulose division primarily for the textile markets.

Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with over 14,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at: www.sappi.com/na.

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