Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has today opened the 2016 North American Printer of the Year Awards call for entries. Winners will be recognized for print excellence and innovation across ten categories for work produced primarily on Sappi paper. Since its inception in 1999, the Sappi Printer of the Year Awards program has been regarded as the printing industry's most respected accolade. "The art of print permeates our day-to-day lives more than the majority of us even realize. Since day one, Sappi has worked with some of the best printers in the world and remains in awe of their commitment to precision and creativity," said Patti Groh, director of marketing communications, Sappi North America. "We always look forward to recognizing the incredible work they do, and as we head into our 19th year of these awards, we are expecting to receive the most creative and innovative entries thus far."
Printing Industries of America released today its 2019 State of the Industry Report providing a detailed outlook of current conditions within the printing industry from an economic, legislative, and regulatory perspective. Prepared by the Printing Industries of America’s in-house experts each year, the report consists of an overview from the Center for Print Economics and Management as well as Government Affairs and Advocacy along with a potential forecast of what to expect over the course of 2019.
PIA’s Center for Print Economics and Management expects the economy to continue growing at a modest pace over the course of 2019, although the risk of recession has increased as we enter the 10th year of the economic recovery. It forecasts that it will be yet another favorable year for print and printers, with total print revenues increasing around 1 to 2 percent and printers’ profits holding at their historic levels. Print will continue to evolve as a media and printers will continue to transition with a diverse mix of processes, products, and ancillary services for their customers.
Print will face a wide variety of legislative and regulatory challenges in 2019. “Go paperless” initiatives are gaining momentum despite continued industry efforts to stymy their development. Costs increases related to healthcare coverage, material goods, and other operational expenses remain at the forefront of trade policy and legislative talks on Capitol Hill.