UPM cooperates with Sinapse for global printing skills competition

(UPM, Helsinki, 17 June, 2011) – UPM has agreed to cooperate with Sinapse Print Simulators in the second "SHOTS heard round the world" global printing skills competition. The competition is open to all users, both industrial and educational, who use SHOTS (Sheetfed Offset Training Simulator).
 
In the competition print students and printers will compete against each other using the Sinapse Print Simulator. The simulator offers a reality-like environment where the contestants will compete in fixing printing problems caused by the machine, materials or environment.
 
Final a 'live match' at Drupa 2012
 
The competition will start at the end of this year, the final being a ‘live match’ between the two best competitors at Drupa 2012.
 
Managing Director of Sinapse Print Simulators Peter Herman commented: "Sinapse is expecting a great many competitors, since SHOTS is used by hundreds of schools and printers in over 25 countries. In the first contest in 2008 we had people from four continents entering the competition; the two finalists were from Colombia and China. It will be very interesting to see how people use the new “World Skills” version of the simulator”.
 
"The competition is not just about who is the fastest. All other elements like quality and costs also have to be considered. Drupa 2012 is an ideal platform for the finals!” says UPM's Head of Technical Sales Erik Ohls.
 
Simulator in use at UPM Seminars and Workshops  
 
UPM uses the Sinapse Printing Simulators in the UPM Printing Process Workshops for customers and its own sales and technical personnel. UPM offers a series of seminars and workshops directed to all target groups and skill levels. They cover topics from the basics of paper, printing and environmental issues through to specific themes like improving on press runnability. UPM Seminars and Workshops are part of UPM's service offering.
 
 
For more information, please contact:
Erik Ohls, UPM, Head of Technical Sales, tel: +358 40 742 9469
 
For more information on UPM Seminars and Workshops, please contact:
Gerd Carl, UPM, Manager, Technical Sales, tel: +49 160 905 509 99
 
For more information on Sinapse Print Simulators, please contact:
Diane Delorme, diane.delorme@Sinapseprint.com, or see www.sinapseprint.com
 
 
 
UPM Paper
 
Responsible, innovative and passionate about paper. Responsible means we are guided by sustainability in every aspect of our work, starting with the renewable and recyclable raw material used: wood.  Innovative means commitment to continuous improvement, and listening sensitively to our customers’ needs. Passionate means dedication to the ongoing success of paper and print. We strive to be at the forefront of the industry, with a deep understanding of the market and the media, and outperforming cost efficiency.
 
UPM has 19 modern and sustainable paper mills in Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, China and the United States. Many of them are large recycling centres and bioenergy producers, as well as paper manufacturers. UPM Paper employs almost 12,000 people. In 2010, the company’s net sales amounted to EUR 6.3 billion. To learn more, visit: www.upm.com/en/paper. UPM - The Biofore Company