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Heidelberg Launches the Eco Printing Award 2008


  • Prize fund of 50,000 Euro set aside for international environmental award for print shops
  • Two categories: Sustainable companies and forward-looking solutions
  • Applications can be submitted from June 1 to July 31, 2008
  • Winners to be announced in December 2008
During drupa 2008, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is launching the world's first international environmental award for sustainable printing in the sheetfed offset sector. The company has set aside a prize fund of 50,000 Euro for the award, which is divided into two categories: "Sustainable companies" and "Forward-looking solutions". The environmental award is focused on the sustainable use of resources and energy, climate protection, and environmentally aware business practices. These aspects of sustainability - which are also the judging criteria for this year's award - can relate to a company as a whole, or to exceptional one-off solutions in prepress, press, postpress, logistics, and corporate culture. Winning companies and solutions should set a benchmark for the entire industry and encourage others to adopt sustainable business practices and solutions.

The independent judging panel for the Heidelberg Eco Printing Award 2008 is made up of representatives from the print media industry, scientists from the IFEU (the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research), and members of environmental associations.

The IFEU supports the principles of the environmental award.

Companies wishing to compete must submit a written application form between June 1 and July 31, 2008. The Heidelberg Eco Printing Award 2008 will be presented in December 2008.

"The idea behind the award is to show that environmentally friendly credentials help print shops to improve their image and boost their earnings, while eco-friendly investments quickly pay for themselves. Heidelberg is aiming to promote environmental awareness and ensure that printing gets greener," explains Dr. Jürgen Rautert, Member of the Management Board at Heidelberg.

Any print shop operating at least one sheetfed offset press can take part in the Heidelberg Eco Printing Award 2008. The award is open to print shops regardless of the size, make, or number of presses they operate and the scale of their production processes. As a result, large full-service print shops with prepress, press, postpress, and dispatch can compete alongside small print shops with just one press and no prepress and/or postpress facilities. Print shops from anywhere in the world that use any kind of substrate (paper, card, or foil) can submit an application.

Heidelberg Eco Printing Award:
Applications can be submitted from June 1 to July 31, 2008
Applications are to be submitted by mail, e-mail, or fax to:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Heidelberg Eco Printing Award 2008
Speyerer Strasse 4
D-69115 Heidelberg
Fax: +49-6221-923329
E-mail: environment@heidelberg.com

Any queries should be sent by e-mail (preferably) to:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Ingrid Amon-Tran
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 33 73
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 33 29
Email: ingrid.amon-tran@heidelberg.com

From May 29 to June 11, 2008, a contact will also be on hand in the Technology Center in Hall 1 at drupa in Düsseldorf to answer any queries.

To mark the occasion of drupa 2008, Heidelberg has announced the Eco Printing Award. The price consists of a piece of wood from an olive tree mounted on a metal plate. The wood represents the raw material for paper production and symbolizes nature while the metal represents  the substance from which print machines are made and is a symbol for engineering.

For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Communications
Hilde Weisser
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 66
Fax:  +49 (0)6221 92 50 69
E-mail: hilde.weisser@heidelberg.com

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