UPM has won two categories at the PPA (Periodical Publishers Association) Production Awards. The awards were for Magazine Paper Supplier of the Year and Environmental Performance or Initiative of the Year.
The judging process and key elements in the choice for UPM's success were administered by the PPA production and technology committee. Firstly the award was for UPM's Forestry Certification Benchmarking Project. The project involves the parallel testing of a selection of forests around the world.
Second key element was the Conversion of UPM Shotton Mill to 100% deinked recovered fibre. The £120m investment has increased the UK's paper recycling capacity by nearly 1/3rd overnight. UPM is currently working with the PPA, Defra and WRAP to help set recycling targets for the magazine industry.
The Economist and Reed Business information nominated UPM for the contest. Graham Fraser, UPM's Sales Director for Magazine Publishers picked up the awards on behalf of UPM. "We would like to thank our customers and we are flattered and delighted that the continuous hard work of the UK team has been recognised", he commented.
In addition, UPM was also one of the key suppliers, along with Sun Chemical and Kodak Polychrome, who provided material to Polestar for their Print Dynamics interactive training system, which won Production Initiative of the Year within a Supplier Company at the awards. Print Dynamics is a training system which covers each of the principle printing processes together with the key elements of ink, paper & pre-press for educating people both within and outside of the industry.
The PPA Magazine Production Awards are dedicated to upholding and celebrating the highest standards in all aspects of magazine production. Introduced five years ago the Awards were established to showcase the best the industry can offer and represent a unique opportunity for individuals in the industry, teams and their suppliers to gain industry recognition for their contribution to the printed magazine process.
UPMCorporate CommunicationsDecember 3, 2004