The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications, announced today a pilot project to expand its certification program beyond the United States and Canada. SGP has been successfully holding all audits virtually for more than a year. Using this method, the organization can expand internationally, allowing printers and industry suppliers worldwide to achieve SGP certification. Through its cloud-based SGP Impact Tracker, information for a virtual audit is quickly and effectively shared with SGP’s independent auditors. “SGP certified facilities must renew their certification every two years,” said Wendy Nadan, SGP Lead Auditor. “In 2018, SGP released the SGP Impact Tracker which helps facilities monitor sustainability performance over time and benchmarking efforts against an aggregate of other facilities. With enhancements, the Tracker provided a virtual audit solution for the current global situation. The new features of the Impact Tracker inspired us to rethink how we could extend the SGP certification to countries outside of North America. From the initial certification planning meeting to the completion of document review including photographic evidence, all can be accomplished virtually with the local sustainability team. Each facility can meet the expectations of the audit as if an SGP auditor were physically on-site.”
The Top 20 Magazine Printers ranking has returned for the third year since its revival in 2014. The ranking, which lists leading printers in the U.S. and Canada based on revenue earned in the magazine sector, is intended to serve magazine publishers as they assess their printing needs and the landscape of potential printing partners.
Two new printers join this year’s ranking, including Solisco Printers (ranked 10th) and Bartash Printing (ranked 15th). Despite these newcomers, relatively few printers moved in the rankings, compared to last year. The top five printers have held onto their same rank from 2015, and the majority of printers moved one spot in the ranking or maintained the same rank as last year.
Accompany this year’s ranking is special feature package devised by Publishing Executive’s pseudonymous print magazine expert D. Eadward Tree. The feature offers a handy list of 10 tips for sizing up and selecting a printing partner. Dead Tree also explores lessons publishers should take from the digital advertising world and apply to their print magazines, and in a reversal, shares his take on how our collective wisdom about creating print magazines can guide our digital strategies.
The Top 20 ranks the leading magazine printers in the U.S. and Canada based on revenue generated in the magazine sector.*
see rankings at: http://www.pubexec.com/article/publishing-executive-top-20-magazine-printers-2016/