Sappi awards excellence in the print industry

Print excellence was celebrated at the 2012 Sappi African Printers of the Year event held in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg on 16 August 2012. The event highlighted Sappi’s philosophy and tagline Inspired by life. The theme was emphasised by Chief Executive Officer Sappi Southern Africa, Alex Thiel: “Tonight’s celebration of excellence is not just about patting each other on the back – it is about inspired print that is vital to show paper’s best characteristics. Few alternatives can stand up to paper’s ability to enthral, to entice and to connect physically and emotionally with the reader.”

A total of 200 entries, in 11 categories, were received from the Africa and Indian Ocean Island region. After a rigorous two days of judging, 10 Gold awards, 19 Silver awards and 33 Bronze award winners were selected.

The gold award winners will represent the Africa region at the 2012 Sappi International Printers of the Year awards, the ‘Oscars’ of print, in September, where they will compete against the gold award winners from North America, Europe and the Sappi Trading region (including Central and South America, Asia and Australasia).

The independent panel of judging experts consisted of Mike Lumb (Mike Lumb Consulting), Neill Moross (Troika Imagineering Works), Erich Kühl (Erich Kühl Consulting), Cynthia Morton (Paarl Media Paarl) and Lucrezia Wolfaardt (New Media).

The judges commented that overall the quality of the entries was excellent with good use of challenging techniques on the selected substrates which enhanced the visual appeal of the publications and the consistent use of colour and varnishing applied in the winning entries.

Alex Thiel further commented: “Your work is an inspiration to all of us in the industry, whether we are your suppliers, your customers, your peers – but most importantly your work inspires the intended target audiences and moves them to action.” Thiel also explained how Sappi’s recent restructuring was geared to ensure staying relevant to customers, providing them with products that would enhance their businesses and ultimately sustainability and profitability for them and for Sappi.

2012 Award winners

Gold award winners:

Annual Reports – Colors for Thrip Annual and Impact reports

Books – Ultra Litho for ‘Focused’

Brochures – Ultra Litho for ‘the new Audi A6’

Calendars – Multiprint Litho for ‘Eskom 2011’

Catalogues – Kolorgraphix for ‘DairyBelle – have a ding dong day’

Digital Print – Précigraph (Mauritius) for ‘Double Regard’

General Print – Multiprint Litho for ‘The imaginarium of extraordinary ideas’

Magazine Sheetfed – Graphica (Réunion) for ‘Buz Buz’

Magazine Web – Uniprint for ‘Mitshubishi Xplore Issue 19’

Printer’s Own Promotion – House of Print for ‘House of Print’

 

Silver award winners:

Associated Printing Group in the Brochures category

Atlas Printers in the Catalogues category

Bhubezi Printers in the General Print category

Colors in the General Print category

Graphica (Réunion) in the Digital Print and Magazines Sheetfed categories

Impremerie & Papeterie Commerciale (Mauritius) in the Magazines Sheetfed and Printer’s Own Promotion categories

Ince in the Annual Report category

Pro Print in the Catalogues category

RA Print in the Calendars category

Trident Press in the Books, Brochures and Calendars categories

Ultra Litho in the Books and Catalogues categories

 

Bronze award winners:

24 Hour Photobooks in the Digital Print category

Atlas Printers in the Calendars and General Print categories

Business Print in the Annual Report category

Colors in the Brochures and General Print categories

Fishwicks Printers in the Brochures, Catalogues and Printer’s Own Promotion categories

Graphica (Réunion) in the Digital Print and Magazines Sheetfed categories

Hansa Print in the Catalogues category

Hirt & Carter in the Calendars category

Impremerie & Papeterie Commerciale (Mauritius) in the Books category

Ince in the Annual Report category

Intrepid Printers in the Magazines Sheetfed category

Multiprint Litho in the Books, Brochures and General Print categories

Paarl Media KZN in the Magazines Web category

Précigraph (Mauritius) in the Annual Reports and Books categories

Pro Print in the General Print category

RA Print in the Brochures and Catalogues categories

Shumani Printers in the Digital Print category

Trident Press in the Annual Report and Calendars categories

Ultra Litho in the Catalogues category

Uniprint in the Magazines Web category  

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