Quad/Graphics Named Company of the Year - Publications in Inaugural Gravure Management Excellence Awards
Gravure Association of the Americas Honors Quad/Graphics with Publications Category Award and Overall Company Growth Award
SUSSEX, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYS: QUAD) ("Quad/Graphics") has been named Company of the Year/Gravure Publications in the inaugural Gravure Management Excellence Awards sponsored by the Gravure Association of the Americas (GAAmericas). Quad/Graphics also won the Overall Company Growth Award. The awards were a feature of the GAAmerica's Gravure Global Summit held in Miami earlier this month.
Quad/Graphics uses the gravure printing process to print leading consumer magazines, catalogs and retail advertising inserts. In naming Quad/Graphics Company of the Year in the Publication category, the GAAmericas awards committee cited Quad's continuing commitment to investing in growth and technology. "Quad/Graphics proved that continued investment pays off in taking care of customers and its people," stated Sherré DeMao, head judge for the awards committee and Director of Marketing & Communications for GAAmericas. "Areas that impressed the judging committee included Quad/Graphics' fully automated Gravure pressroom from engraving to loading through delivery of signatures; continual investment in process improvements; adopting new technologies and practices to protect the environment; a consistent company-wide safety education and awareness program; investment in employees including its QuadMed primary care clinics; and its extensive industry involvement and advocacy."
In its Overall Company Growth Award presentation, the GAA awards committee noted Quad's growth through acquisitions, but also praised Quad's strategies for growth that include offering an enhanced range of revenue-generating solutions; expanding vertical expertise; increasing manufacturing flexibility and efficiencies; extending geographic footprint; and helping customers realize mailing/distribution savings.
"We are very pleased to be recognized by GAAmericas in those areas that are critical to our future success as a company and an industry," said Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO of Quad/Graphics. "Finding a better way - whether it's how we help our clients maximize the value of their print spend or how we create an environment for excellence for employees - is at the core of our vision for redefining our business, transforming our industry, and creating value for our clients and shareholders."
Quad/Graphics will be one of 10 companies honored in the spring issue of GRAVURE magazine, which will be published in early May. According to DeMao, the Gravure Excellence Awards were established to be the focal point of recognition at the association's annual strategic conference, Gravure Global Summit. Technical excellence will continue to be recognized via the Golden Cylinder Awards, for which winners will be announced during two events later in the year: GAAmerica's Technical Conference in October (gravure specialty products, packaging and labels) and the Gravure Publication and Premedia Conference (GPPC) in November.
Quad/Graphics (NYS: QUAD) , a leading global printer and media channel integrator, is redefining print in today's multichannel media world by helping marketers and publishers capitalize on print's ability to complement and connect with other media channels. With consultative ideas, worldwide capabilities, leading-edge technology and single-source simplicity, Quad/Graphics has the resources and knowledge to help its clients maximize the revenue they derive from their marketing spend through channel integration, and minimize their total cost of production and distribution through a fully integrated national distribution network. The Company provides a diverse range of print solutions, media solutions and logistics services from multiple locations throughout North America, Latin America and Europe.
The mission of Gravure Association of the Americas, Inc., is to promote the use of the rotogravure printing process for publication, packaging, label and product (specialty) printing. GAAmericas' resources are dedicated to the collection and dissemination of state-of-the-art, as well as historic, information pertaining to gravure technology, marketing, environmental issues, government regulations, education and training. It was formed in January 2013 as the result of the merger of the Packaging and Label Gravure Association Global (PLGA Global) and the Gravure Association of America (GAA). www.gaa.org
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