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  • Grand Prix

    Fujifilm
    FUJIFILM supplies a wide range of award-winning solutions for the newspaper industry, all designed to help improve production performance. Due to an unprecedented investment programme in plate R&D and manufacturing, FUJIFILM is now able to offer the most complete, high quality, environmentally-friendly range of CTP plate products in the industry. FUJIFILM’s Brillia range of CTP plates for the newspaper industry now comprises violet and thermal versions, with both processed and chemistry-free derivatives available. From the FUJIFILM Brillia LH-NN2 high-speed thermal plate through to the Brillia PRO-VN chemistry-free photopolymer plate, there is a FUJIFILM plate solution to suit the specific needs of any newspaper printer. Underpinned by a world-wide support infrastructure and plate manufacturing capability, FUJIFILM has developed a platform to build on its position as the number one plate supplier in the market. Thanks to a global commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and a very close co-operation with the leading newspaper press, ink and paper manufacturers, FUJIFILM has also developed a safer range of non-irritant fount solutions developed specifically for the newspaper industry, perfectly complementing its plate range. However, it’s not just through consumables where FUJIFILM adds value. FUJIFILM’s XMF C-Fit software allows newspaper publishers to improve the quality and efficiency of image optimisation in busy newspaper publishing environments. Using FUJIFILM’s Image Intelligence- technology, XMF C-Fit automates the process of analysing and improving RGB images that arrive from various sources, resulting in much more consistent image reproduction. Fujifilm says: “Companies looking for stable suppliers in a difficult and highly competitive market need to partner with organisations that will be around tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. Fujifilm is today one of the very few companies that can offer that guarantee. We’re committed to offering world-class solutions to meet all market needs, providing customers with guaranteed consistent, high quality.” For more information, visit www.fujifilm.eu/print
  • Sunday Newspaper of the Year

    The Kodak Premier Award
    Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide, directly and through partnerships with other innovative companies, hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets. With our world-class R&D capabilities, innovative solutions portfolio and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their own businesses and enjoy their lives. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @KodakPrint, or like us on Facebook at Kodak.
    Newspaper Printer of the Year

    The Agfa Premier Award
    Agfa believes that “To profit in today’s market, newspapers need five things: The ability to respond to the fast-moving marketplace, the means to simplify processes, new ways to add revenue, a formula for reducing costs while increasing quality and tools to reduce their environmental impact”. As Marc Op de Beeck, Senior Vice President, Agfa Graphics said recently “We’ve combined our experience in newspaper production with our understanding of the rapidly changing market to bring solutions to newspapers that will put them in a state of readiness for the future. Chem-free violet plates are a good example: they simplify the process – not just by automating but by eliminating development. Software too impacts what the customer can do, but it also streamlines the process, responding to the ongoing challenges of newspaper production.” Latest developments from Agfa Graphics include: - the next-generation :Advantage N XXT platesetter which targets high-end newspaper printers that need to match varying production peaks and or who are exploring new business opportunities. - Agfa’s :Arkitex software solutions which offer newspapers the means to achieve new levels of productivity and quality, while at the same time, reducing costs and eliminating waste. - the :N92-VCF chemistry-free violet plate, which combined with a dedicated Clean-Out Unit also helps newspapers reduce costs and increase productivity. The system can reach speeds of over 300 plates/hour, while Agfa’s chem-free setups require 20% less energy to run and take up 20% less floor space. “We are the industry’s leading provider of newspaper production solutions. We achieved this position by staying on top of market trends, understanding customer pressures and finding solutions to address both”, added Op de Beeck.
    International Newspaper of the Year

    The Resolute Forest Products Premier Award
    Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, specialty papers, tissue, market pulp and wood products. The company owns or operates over 40 pulp, paper, tissue and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, and power generation assets in Canada. Marketing its products in close to 80 countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. Resolute is a leading global producer of top-quality newsprint with mills strategically located to serve major markets throughout North America and abroad. The company also produces a wide spectrum of coated and uncoated mechanical papers that offer an attractive solution for practically any commercial printing application. Its hardwood, softwood, recycled and fluff pulps are a renewable and biodegradable resource that can be transformed into a host of everyday products. Resolute Forest Products recently acquired Atlas Paper Holdings, Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer of at-home and away-from-home tissue products, including recycled and virgin paper grades, and covering economy, value and premium grades. Finally, Resolute is a major producer of lumber and other wood products for the residential-construction and home-renovation markets, as well as for specialized structural and industrial applications. The company has received multiple national and international awards for its leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as for its business practices. Visit www.resolutefp.com for more information.
    International Printed Innovation of the Year
    (UK and International)
    The UPM Premier Award
    UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. The company consists of six business areas: UPM Paper ENA, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of responsibly sourced, renewable raw materials. They offer alternatives to replace non-renewable fossil-based materials. We develop new innovative and sustainable businesses. Biofuels, biocomposites and biochemicals are based on our extensive know-how and strong position in the forest biomass sourcing and processing value chain. In paper business UPM is the world’s leading producer of newsprint, magazine and fine papers and a committed partner for printing, publishing and retail businesses. It also provides copy and envelope papers for home and office use. UPM paper mills are located in Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, the United States and China. Within the UK, UPM has three production facilities and sales offices for its paper, timber and plywood products. Its paper mills are located in North Wales and south west Scotland. UPM’s Biofore strategy has received external recognition. For the fifth year in a row UPM was listed as the industry leader in the Dow Jones European Sustainability Index (DJSI) for 2016-2017. The company’s commitment to sustainability extends even further with the use of renewable energy generated from biomass. To learn more, please visit: www.upmpaper.com, www.upm.com
    National Newspaper of the Year

    The manroland web systems Premier Award
    manroland web systems is the world leader in the creation of innovative and highly productive newspaper, commercial web offset printing and digital finishing solutions. The manufacturer’s market-leading position has been emphasised recently with the introduction of fully automated newspaper production autoprint, a new method of operating newspaper presses with One Touch operation and an all new blanket to blanket newspaper solution COLORMAN e:line. Together with MobilPad, the remote operating system that offers quick and flexible setting adjustments saving both time and waste, creates the most efficient newspaper printing system available. manroland web systems can provide the complete newspaper package with its “Total Solution” initiative. This begins with overall factory design and includes a full range of products in planning, plant design and management. manroland web systems provides its PECOM-X features and workflow management via MasterQ to integrate all of the sub-supplier systems involved in production from booking ads through to printing, finishing, mailroom and delivery.

    manroland web systems is the world leading supplier of heatset web offset presses from 16pp to 96pp and every format in between. The ROTOMAN and LITHOMAN series are regarded as the most robust and reliable commercial press systems available with the highest print quality.

    manroland web systems has recently introduced the industrial digital folding solutions FoldLine and FormerLine for the production of format variable and pagination variable products. From books to newspapers to commercial applications manroland web systems legendary folding performance is now available for 24/7 digital print production at the highest output levels.

    The service portfolio of manroland web systems is the broadest available. It provides customised 24/7 service, maintenance packages plus integrated services and training measures as well as software products and workflow management systems. The company provides consultancy services covering all aspects of investment and building planning, organisation, management, systems engineering and process optimisation.

    manroland web systems (UK) Ltd also provides the Schur Packaging range of equipment which completes the company’s involvement in virtually every stage of the production process. Products from Schur can be combined to provide a highly automated and highly efficient mailroom for newspaper and magazine publishers. The comprehensive range includes gripper conveyers, inserters, stackers, packaging lines, palletising, loading bay equipment, underwrappers, film wrappers and cross strapping machines. Schur Packaging has over 50 years of experience in providing the very best mailroom solutions throughout the world. To be successful you need equipment that performs reliably from a company that provides a complete service solution.

    manroland web systems – your reliable and high performance business partner.

    For more information please visit www.manroland-web.com

    Regional Newspaper Of the Year

    The Aktrion Group Premier Award
    Aktrion has been an innovator in the development and delivery of support services to Newspaper and Commercial Printers since its establishment in 1992. They are now an employer of over 3000 people with a European infrastructure and also operate in Automotive, Food and Transport sectors. A unique combination of business improvement skills, management expertise and a Partnership approach means Aktrion deliver excellent performance faster and over sustained periods. Long term customer relationships have resulted, and as market/customer needs have changed, Aktrion has focussed on the continued development of skills, breadth and depth of capability to meet those challenges with its Customers. Aktrion has extensive knowledge of the operation and maintenance of a wide range of equipment. Working flexibly to meet individual Customer requirements Aktrion deliver total solutions (the transfer of whole or part of production process) or multiple or single managed tasks or services. Underpinned by externally validated Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality Management Systems, change management activity is driven to ensure higher productivity and consistently high service quality. Our people are key to delivering excellence and we provide training and development opportunities and a career path for those who wish to progress. We have extensive experience of managing people through the process of TUPE transfer without negative impact on the production environment. Services include: Transport Management, Planned Engineering Maintenance and Projects, Reel Intake, Plate Making, Pressroom Support, Bindery Management, Mailing, Despatch, Materials Handling, Facilities Management, Professional Services (Health, Safety and CDM, Fire Safety, Compliance and Value Engineering, Training and Consultancy) Contacts: Ben Pearson Email: Neil Dixon Email: Mark O’Connor Email:
    Weekly Newspaper of the Year

    The WRH Global UK Award
    WRH Global UK is a subsidiary of Walter Reist Holdings and represents the Ferag, Denipro and Valecom group of companies. A company which has established and evolved through unique innovations in the print media sector and in more recent years has developed business initiatives to allow new revenue streams for advertisers, publishers and printers.

    Valecom provide unique front page advertising formats for print media, MemoStick and MemoScent are all active in the markets today. The complete advertising fulfillment process, from end user consultation to application on the printed product, is available.

    Ferag technology has established a worldwide reputation for its innovative Newspaper mailroom and commercial printing bindery machinery and systems. Striving forward with new innovations to allow the market to produce more efficiently with new diverse products.

    Denipro are world leaders in providing roller conveying technology to all aspects of industrial processes. Combining production, manufacturing and logistics demands, with innovative technology allows our customers to meet their process needs in the most energy efficient and cost effective way possible.

    As an established trading organization WRH Global UK has selected a comprehensive range of trade partners. Key machinery suppliers and systems providers are represented to allow the graphic arts market to benefit from new technology, increasing and enhancing their product portfolio. WRH Global UK operates within the whole Graphic Arts market from newspapers, commercial printing, gravure, web, sheetfed, direct mail and packaging.

    In addition to our head office and innovation centre in Switzerland, we have 24 subsidiary companies world-wide, totaling 1200 employees. The UK office based in Harlow, Essex provides local sales, service and spare parts. WRH Global UK offers a customer consultant facility with dedicated representatives whom provide in-depth knowledge of how our products and services can help benefit your business.

    National Supplement of the Year

    The Sun Chemical Award
    Sun Chemical has long been known for innovation, technical expertise, and for the quality and performance of its products. It offers enhanced value, service and support to its customers across all sectors of the printing market. In the newspaper industry, Sun Chemical specialises in the development, production and supply of state-of-the-art coldset web offset inks. In addition, Sun Chemical offers its customers a single-source supply of all their pressroom consumables, guaranteeing best-in-class products that have been selected for their excellent compatibility with the company’s inks and coatings. As the world’s foremost producer of inks, pigments and colour technology, Sun Chemical will lead the industry in developing and producing products which minimise its impact – and its customers’ impact – on the environment, and strive to maximise the use of renewable resources. With ink ranges such as Polar Advantage, a high performance newspaper ink and Shark, the ultimate waterless product, Sun Chemical is committed to print quality as well as productivity. The cost of ink can no longer be viewed in isolation; it must be seen as a part of the whole solution. Therefore Sun Chemical has been working with companies in the paper, plate, roller, press, inserting and pre-press supply chain to control the total print cost. Sun Chemical continues to extend the boundaries of ink technology and to improve the products supplied to the industry. It is recognised as the “Ink Supplier of Choice”, the company that sets the standards, the company that others are judged by, a benchmark for the industry.
    Regional Supplement/Magazine of the Year
    The Precision Colour Printing Awards
    With over 30 years experience in commercial print, with an established reputation for producing high quality magazines and catalogues precision colour printing is at the forefront of the printing world. Not only this, but precision colour printing has gone on to win the award for Print Week’s Consumer Magazine and Catalogue Printer of the year on three occasions.


    Putting our customers at the centre of their business Working closely with their customers to gain a full understanding of their needs, they pride themselves on a true partnership approach with effective communication. With a dedicated Customer Service Representative managing each account, their customers can rely on a reliable and responsive service.

    What PCP do Specialising in Magazines, Company Brochures, Catalogues and Mailers, print is their business, their livelihood and at the very heart of all that they do. They foster a culture where employees take pride in their work and with a policy of providing their staff with continual training of the highest standard they have the latest skills at their disposal. It is an approach that continues to attract the very best print professionals.

    Working within the community As well as attracting and recruiting experienced staff from within the industry, Precision Colour Printing recognises the need for recruiting and training from the ground level, creating employment opportunities and training for people in the local area. Precision Colour Printing has recruited a number of apprentices in conjunction with the British Printing Industries Federation. By working alongside local colleges they plan to offer sustainable employment in the Press Room, Bindery and Engineering departments.

    Investment Since 2000, they have also invested over £20m in new equipment, including a Xerox C1000 colour digital press from Fuji. Their Komori web press was installed in September 2013. The 50K cph press comprises of 2x16p or 1x32p duplex will add a further 45% capacity for business growth to handle an increased volume of contractual work and to strengthen their relationships with long standing and new customers to provide the highest levels of service and quality levels to be proud of.

    Quality Investment in the latest equipment would mean little if their finished product did not meet client expectations – this is why they employ a rigorous checking process throughout all of their print runs – achieving the ISO9001 Quality Control accreditation. They’ll confirm that they are committed to every project, treat each piece of work as if it were their own, always respond to requests quickly, can be relied upon for speedy turnaround, apply the utmost care and attention to their work and are cost effective.

    Caring about the environment With a serious commitment to the environment, they continue to reduce their carbon footprint by the usage of recycled paper and paper from sustainable forests, the recycling of waste products, complying with recently introduced solvent emissions and by constantly reviewing their energy efficiency. Through these measures they have achieved both ISO14001 Environmental accreditation and are fully FSC and PEFC certified.

  • Brand Partnership of the Year

    The Newsprinters Award
    Newsprinters delivers tailored print, logistic solutions to the UK publishing industry.   In a challenging market, we believe working with other publishers ensures that greater efficiencies are achieved in getting publications to market and unnecessary costs are removed from the supply chain. Newsprinters, offer three-world class print facilities located at Broxbourne, Knowsley and Eurocentral. Newsprinters strive to be the best newspaper printer in the world. Every day we ensure that many of the UK’s best-selling national newspapers reach their audience including The Telegraph, Metro and London Evening Standard. We also print a significant number of regional and local newspaper titles for major publishing groups. Our commitment to progression and improvement is unyielding, as demonstrated by our numerous awards. In addition to our Newsprinter of the Year awards, we are ISO 9001 and BS 18001 accredited, and the only organisation in the news industry worldwide to be awarded the prestigious Shingo Prize for operational and manufacturing excellence.
    Best Use of Advertising Technology
    The Specle Award

    Specle is a comprehensive ad-delivery platform that hosts print, digital, and outdoor ad specifications, and allows users to reliably preflight and deliver their advertisements. There are currently over 3000 agencies using Specle, and this is because Specle employs publisher-validated information to optimise the production process for every customer, including individuals, small agencies, and big pre-press companies. Specle has developed a primary ad delivery service suitable for both amateurs and professionals, which can be adapted depending on the requirements of its customers. Specle’s additional products include the ability to centralise media schedules, preflight checks, proofer connections, and deliveries, and to automatically amend and colour-convert advertisements. For publishers the benefits of using Specle include controlling a customisable spec page, overseeing one centralised ad-delivery method, and receiving artwork that perfectly matches specs.

    As a highly customer-focused business, Specle works closely with businesses to implement targeted solutions, and provides support to agencies, production companies, publishers, and brands throughout the production process.

    Commercial Advertising Initiative of the Year
    The ProImage Award
  • News Website of the Year

    The Adyoulike Award
    The ADYOULIKE group continues to expand internationally in 2016. Now operating in more than 18 countries with main offices in Paris, London, Dubai and New York, this hyper-growing start-up has 65 employees worldwide and is on target to achieve a $20M run rate in 2016. The ADYOULIKE Native Technology Platform and Network allows brand advertisers to scale their native advertising campaigns across premium and niche publishers with ease from a single point of entry. Publishers benefit from access to the ADYOULIKE Exchange – a pioneering programmatic native ad marketplace - and the adoption of ADYOULIKE's ground breaking native SaaS technology. www.ADYOULIKE.com Accolades for ADYOULIKE include: BPI France Excellence, Pass French Tech, The Everline Future 50 and The BIMA Hot 100. ADYOULIKE is a member of the IAB in the UK and France. www.ADYOULIKE.com
    Most Innovative Use of Mobile Technology
    The Drag+drop Award
    Drag+drop Ltd. have been partnering the Newspaper and Magazine industry in the UK since 1999 and in that time have offered many great products, however, we have become well known and extremely well respected for our online Property and Automotive advertising solutions, building up relationships with many of the UK’s major media groups as well as many independent newspaper and magazine publishers. We also have a partnership with a US based company and distributors and clients in Ireland, Canada, Australia and South Africa. One of our core strengths as publishing experts is that we understand future trends in our industry and react ahead of the pack. Consequently, the last few years have seen us investing significant resource into Social and Mobile solutions, these include iPhone, iPad and Android applications – aimed at all regional publications not only for Properties and Automotive, but now include complete newspaper mobile applications with many features, for example:- weather, traffic, all editorial content and of course, many advertising links throughout the content. On a completely different path, our latest ventures in the UK include outsourcing opportunities for property ad production. For this we have drawn on our expertise gained in our US operation Outsourcing is a way of life for our customers there, in fact, over the past 5 years it has become part of the overall service on offer to our US clients. Nearer to home, we have been servicing large estate agent groups in the UK for at least 4 years with the same service. We feel that, with the shift to outsourcing within our industry, it will become a larger part of Drag+drop’s future business in the UK.Looking further ahead, automated augmented reality for all sections of newspapers is also at the top of our development list – the word “automated” is the key here. We are convinced that it will play a large part in the future of publishing and intend to be the forerunners in the introduction of this technology.
    News App of the Year

    The PCS Award
    PCS has been serving the UK publishing industry for more than 40 years, driving fundamental change with its extensive portfolio of in-house developed editorial, production, advertising and circulation solutions. PCS prides itself on using a partnership approach towards all of its customers, working with them to develop the best solutions possible to embrace the ever changing environment of the publishing world. Its flagship editorial solution, Knowledge, is a powerful creation platform which enables publishers to put their focus back on gathering news and crafting compelling content, while creating the elements needed to ensure ease of movement into digital, as well as generate real, measureable efficiencies and growth across their organisation. At present, PCS are currently transforming the approach to advertising sales and management with its live, ground-up development project. Sales Knowledge will deliver a breakthrough, redefining advertising technology for the publishing industry. PCS is part of the Claverley Group of publishing companies, which also includes regional publisher Midland News Association, printer Precision Colour Printing and Channel Islands publisher Guiton Group – providing PCS with an excellent vantage point of the industry today.
  • Trinity Mirror Printing
    With our strong print heritage, it should come as no surprise that printing is what we excel at. As the largest contract printer for third party newspapers and publishers in the UK, we take great pride in consistently meeting the high standards that our customers expect.

    Having invested heavily in our print sites across the country, Trinity Mirror Printing has the peerless expertise and facilities to provide a competitive, reliable and comprehensive print and publishing solution. In addition to printing, we can fulfill a range of services; from design to distribution to delivery; providing a seamless process from start to finish.

    We also serve the Trinity Mirror publishing businesses with our print portfolio, including a wide range of newspapers, magazines and supplements. We have five great national newspapers, including the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Mirror, and over 100 regional titles with a strong portfolio of big metropolitan market-leading regional titles which sit at the heart of their communities.

    Our contract print titles sit equally alongside our internal products, with all receiving the same care, quality and levels of customer service you would imagine from a first class printer.

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