PANPA print award revamp

PANPA print award revampSean Tait, operations manager for Fairfax Media Print and Distribution North Richmond, receives the 2014 Print Centre of the Year Award from sponsor Jason Kent, general manager of the Offset Division at DIC Australia. Photo: Lucas Jarvis

Criteria for the prestigious PANPA Technical Excellence awards is being revamped after consultation with members.

Focus has been placed on the Print Centre of the Year category, which received an excellent response when launched last year.

Entries for Print Centre of the Year will be judged on the following basis:

  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Environment
  • Innovation
  • Culture
  • Time to Market

The Newspaper Works chief executive Mark Hollands said: “Our overall awards program will continue to highlight the great work of our industry across local regional and metro/national newspapers.

“For me, our Technical Excellence categories are very important. The printed newspaper remains a critical part of our business and is an essential contributor to the exchange of ideas and debate in our society. But that can never happen without the work of our printers. Their contribution goes beyond this, of course. Commercially, they play a vital role. If an advertisement is printed badly, then the sales rep is the first person to get the call.”

The Print Centre of the Year award was established to help demonstrate how printing was not a cost to the business but a contributor to the bottom line of news publishers.

The 2014 winner was the Fairfax Media print centre in Richmond, NSW.

Mr Hollands said a number of suppliers had expressed interest in taking a more active role in the Newspaper of the Year awards and the associated two-day industry conference, The Future Forum.

The awards will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney, on Friday, September 11.

The Newspaper Works will be releasing entry dates for both the Advertising & Marketing awards and the Newspaper of the Year in the next few weeks.

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