Sappi North America Announces 2017 Printer of the Year Call for Entries

Printers Across the U.S. and Canada Open to Submit Best Work for Industry Recognition 

BOSTON – March 09, 2017 - Sappi North America, a leading producer and global supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has today opened the 2017 North American Printer of the Year Awards call for entries. Winners will be recognized for print excellence and innovation across eleven categories for work produced primarily on Sappi paper and paper-based packaging. Since its inception in 1999, the Sappi Printer of the Year Awards program has been regarded as the printing industry’s most respected accolade.  

“We are continually impressed with the projects that printers produce year after year. They consistently find new and creative ways to show the power of print in our lives through their work,” said Patti Groh, director of marketing communications, Sappi North America. “We look forward to recognizing the incredible pieces they create, and we are expecting to receive some of the most innovative entries to date with two new categories introduced.” 

To enter, printers can submit any work printed predominantly on Sappi paper and paper-based packaging in the U.S. or Canada between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 by April 7, 2017. For each entry, six copies of the printed piece must be submitted by mail, along with one copy of the entry form. Each printer may submit an unlimited number of entries, but each entry must be accompanied by an individual form.

Award Categories
North American printers may submit entries in eleven categories, which include: Brochures; Books; Catalogs; Digital Print; Direct Mail; Magazines (sheetfed); Magazines (web); Printer's Own Promotions; or General Print, which can be any printed material not included in the given categories. Sappi introduced two new categories to this year’s awards: Packaging and Activated Print, which features printed materials that use activation points to trigger interactive content.

Awards and Rewards

  • The Silver Award: Award winners are chosen in each of the eleven categories and will receive a framed certificate for themselves and their client(s).
  • The Gold Award: Winners represent the top entry from each category and are entered as finalists for the Printer of the Year Award. The eleven Gold Award winners will receive up to 5,000 pounds of Sappi paper.
  • The Printer of the Year Award: Selected from the top eleven Gold Award recipients, the Printer of the Year will receive esteemed recognition, 5,000 pounds of Sappi paper and $20,000 in support of future marketing and branding initiatives.

Sappi Limited recently launched a new global website, which includes a redesigned portal for the Awards. All winners’ entries and contact information will be featured on an updated web page in Sappi’s Printer of the Year online resource for ultimate exposure to designers, print buyers and corporations. 

All entries will be judged on overall impact of the piece, degree of difficulty in the printing techniques and technical excellence. A panel of judges was chosen from recognized print institutions and trade professions, including: Lauren Elliot, Principal of Wicked Good Print Production; Ken Lantz, studio producer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications; Dr. James K. Tenorio, professor emeritus in the Cross-Media Graphics Management Program at University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin's Polytechnic University; and John Tenwinkel, program manager at Shutterfly.

For a downloadable version of the entry form, please click here or contact Sappi at 1.800.882.4332. For more information on the Printer of the Year Awards, please visit:


About Sappi North America
Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. The success of our four diversified businesses – high quality Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging – is driven by strong customer relationships, best-in-class people and advantaged assets, products and services. Our high quality Coated Printing Papers, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are the key platform for premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Specialised Cellulose used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods, and one of the world's leading suppliers of Release Papers with our Ultracast, PolyEX, Classics and Neoterix lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries. Our Specialty Packaging products, such as LusterPrint and LusterCote, represent an important asset in the food packaging and labeling industries. Customers rely on Sappi for high technical, operational and market expertise; products and services delivered with consistently high quality and reliability; and, state-of-the-art and cost-competitive assets and innovative spirit.

Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 12,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 150 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at: