Sentient Publishing, publisher of The GAPP Magazine for the printing, signage and packaging industry has announced that Avery Dennison is the first Associate Sponsor of The GAPP Awards. The GAPP Awards will present commercial printers, signage manufacturers and packaging manufacturers across all sectors of the industry with the ability to compete in 30 categories. The aim of the competition is to encourage the drive for print of the highest quality in all the various disciplines and sectors that make up the greater printing industry. Vikesh Roopchand, managing director of Sentient Publishing commented, ‘As a team we felt that there was a need for a competition to showcase the capabilities of local printers. It has to be a full-spectrum competition which represents all sectors and types of print. In all the discussions with potential sponsors, suppliers to the industry and various printers we have found that there is a great deal of support for this concept. The aim is to make this a fully inclusive industry event and to act as a unifying feature for the different parts of the industry.’ He added, ‘We are very excited that Avery Dennison has committed its support for the competition with an Associate level Sponsorship. This shows that there is an appreciation for the aims of the competition. We want The GAPP Awards to be known as the Pinnacle of Excellence where we assist the industry in finding the best of the best.’ Mark Ellis, country manager for Avery Dennison South Africa said, ‘There is a definite need in the local market for a competition of this nature. As a company we were completely behind the concept from the outset and look forward to being part of this exciting initiative.’ Avery Dennison is a global company active in more than 50 countries worldwide and with 26000 employees worldwide. It is an industry in the paper and labels market. Entries for The GAPP Awards will open at the end of March 2015 and will run through until the end of July 2016. The main gala awards event will be held in October 2016 at a venue to be announced.
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