PARAMUS, N.J., FEBRUARY 17, 2005 – Sappi Fine Paper, a leading producer of coated fine paper, is the recipient of the 2005 Industry Award of the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL). Jennifer Miller, executive vice president, Publishing and Corporate Communications, Sappi Fine Paper North America, will accept the award on behalf of the company tomorrow during NAPL’s Top Management Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.
In announcing the award, Joseph P. Truncale, CAE, NAPL president and chief executive officer, said, “Sappi brings a profound sense of commitment to its role as a leading supplier to the graphic communications industry and has developed a number of innovative programs in support of the industry. NAPL is extremely proud to present its 2005 Industry Award to this fine company.”
“We are very pleased to receive this honor and no one is more committed to enhancing the print experience than Sappi,” said Miller. “We are also very proud of our association with NAPL and our mutual activity to champion the importance and value of print.”
The NAPL Industry Award is bestowed annually to a graphic arts manufacturer or supplier company in recognition of specific, noteworthy contributions to the industry. Candidate companies must also have an untarnished record of conducting business fairly and honestly and of providing quality products or services.
Sappi Fine Paper is being honored for its broad range of programs designed to further industry objectives, including its Life With Print campaign, which shows decision makers how powerful print can be as a communications tool. The company has long honored and encouraged excellence in printing through its sponsorship of the Sappi International Printer of the Year Awards, a global competition drawing entries from more than 6,000 printers worldwide.
Sappi has donated more than $1 million annually to worthy causes through its Ideas That Matter program, which recognizes graphic designers, advertising professionals, and students who volunteer their time and talent to create print campaigns supporting health, welfare, education, community needs, and other worthy causes.
The company has advanced the knowledge base of the industry through its electronic Knowledge Bank, and its support of NAPL educational activity, including sponsorship of the Association’s Printing Manager magazine and Journal of Graphic Communications Management. Throughout its operations, Sappi has cultivated a sense of responsibility to the natural environment, underscored by its certification of conformance to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative standard.
The NAPL Industry Award is part of the NAPL Awards program, which also includes an Education Leadership Award and a Technical Leadership Award. Carol Brown, president of Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, Wis., is recipient of the 2005 Technical Leadership Award (see accompanying press release).
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