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SAPPI PRINTER OF THE YEAR AWARD (article first published : 2008-09-9)

“Why are books so expensive?” This was the question posed to an expert panel, comprising Elitha van der Sandt, CEO of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC); Brian Wafawarowa, managing director of New Africa Books; Tale Motsepe, director of the Creative Industries at the Department of Arts and Culture; Batya Green-Bricker of Exclusive Books and Fatima Dada, chair of Maskew Miller Longman.

It’s a question apparently without a simple answer: although research conducted by the SABDC indicates that 45% of South Africans believe that books are too pricey, industry players maintain that at no point in the value chain is excessive profit made.

This being the case, how is it possible to reduce prices, and encourage reading – important, given that apart from an enjoyable leisure activity, reading is a vital tool for education and development? The experts gave various opinions in this regard: some suggested that the answer lies in producing more local literature, which must be appropriately packaged in order to maximize appeal to the target audience. Distribution models should also, perhaps, be examined, especially if reading is to be extended to an audience other than those who have access to high end shopping malls. It was also debated whether government should play a role in this regard, either by implementing a policy framework, or by eliminating tax on books.

The annual Sappi International Printers of the Year awards are the world’s most prestigious accolades of excellence in print. The winner in each category receives a specially cast bronze elephant trophy, created by world renowned sculptor Donald Greig. The elephant symbolises Sappi’s South African heritage as well as the qualities of strength and courage required of printers who strive for excellence.

Truly global, the awards are held in four different regions around the world – Africa, North America, Europe and the Sappi Trading region (Asia, Australasia, Central and South America).

Regional gold finalists then proceed to the international competition where they compete in up to nine categories: Annual Reports; Books; Brochures; Calendars; Catalogues; General Print; Magazines; Packaging and Labels (not in North America), and Printer’s own Promotion. Judged by an international panel of highly qualified independent judges - to ensure impartiality and the broadest spectrum of technical expertise in print - each entry is judged on overall appearance, quality of finishing and general difficulty of the print job, as well as factors such as dot sharpness, ink density, registration, sheet size, paper weight, screen ruling, stitching and die cutting.

Following an intense judging process, Gold Award winners are then recognised, rewarded and honoured for their excellence in printing at a gala event - considered by those in the industry as the ‘Oscars’ of print.

The Sappi Printers of the Year awards, which originated in Africa 30 years ago, was introduced in Europe 15 years ago, in North America 11 years ago and in the Trading region eight years ago. Held each year in a different country, spectacular venues in great cities of the world have become synonymous with this annual celebration of print excellence.

Printers should take the opportunity of submitting entries now for 2009. Further information on www.sappi.com

Last year’s winner of the SAPPI African Printer of the year was Atlas Printers of Durban




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