Heidelberg Eco Printing Award: Closing Date for Entries Extended until August 31, 2008

Heidelberg, (PresseBox) - .
- Awards for the most sustainable print shop and the most innovative stand-alone solution
- The independent panel of judges comprises representatives from printing associations, environmental institutions, and environmental publishing houses
- Prize money totals 50,000 Euro

As a result of the keen interest shown at drupa for the new Heidelberg Eco Printing Award, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has decided to extend the closing date for entries by a month to the end of August 2008. This means that any print shop around the world that is equipped with at least one sheetfed offset press now has until August 31, 2008, to submit an entry for this illustrious award. Prizes will be awarded to the most sustainable print shop and for innovative stand-alone solutions that promote environmental protection in prepress, press, and postpress.

For more information on the entry conditions, see www.heidelberg.com.

Prestigious panel of judges to select the winners

Heidelberg has now announced the members of the independent panel of judges. The company itself will not be represented. The following members have agreed to help select the winners: the European printing association INTERGRAF, Panda Fördergesellschaft für Umwelt mbH in its role as the marketing company of the Umweltstiftung WWF Deutschland, Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg GmbH (IFEU), and the Editor-in-Chief of the Crosslands Bulletin on Business, Law, and the Environment, USA. A further member of the panel will be named soon. In future, the printing associations in the various countries will take turns to appoint different members to the panel, with the aim of reinforcing the competition's international focus.

Prize money of 50,000 Euro

The winners of the Heidelberg Eco Printing Award will receive a sculpture made of olive wood and steel, and prize money totaling 50,000 Euro. Special materials have been selected for the HEI ECO sculpture, which is a symbol of ecological printing. The olive wood, standing for nature, was selected for its ethnicity and vibrancy, processed by machine, and then hand-polished. Despite its strict geometrical shape, it still retains much of its natural, organic grace. The steel plate stands for technology, since it is the material that is used to build presses. Investing in environmentally friendly technology can help reduce the negative impact on the environment while at the same time raising the productivity of print shops.

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