NewPage Teams with RIT’s Printing Industry Center
Industry partner joins ten others supporting center’s operation
Feb. 19, 2007
by Kelly Downs
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The Printing Industry Center at Rochester Institute of Technology announces the addition of NewPage Corp. as an industry partner. NewPage Corp. joins ten other companies and associations pledging support to the center’s operation.
Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Printing Industry Center at RIT is dedicated to the growth and profitability of the printing field. The center addresses industry concerns thorough research initiatives and educational outreach programs.
NewPage Corp. is a leading U.S. producer of coated papers in North America. The company operates four integrated pulp and paper manufacturing mills in Michigan, Maryland, Maine and Kentucky with a combined annual capacity of approximately 2.2 million tons of coated paper.
“The dramatic changes in the printing industry brought about by digital technology and the Internet are making huge demands on the paper industry to innovate,” says Frank Cost, associate dean of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and co-director of the Printing Industry Center. “NewPage is committed to being a leading supplier of paper to the new digitally-enabled printing industry. The company’s partnership with the Printing Industry Center, combined with the center’s growing relationship with the Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies at Georgia Tech, will provide an excellent platform for expanding research initiatives relevant to the future of paper-based print communications.”
“NewPage is proud and excited to be a new sponsor of the Print Industry Center at RIT,” says Robert Siciliano, NewPage researcher manager. “The expertise and excellence found in both RIT’s business and print schools are well known and respected throughout the world. We look forward to contributing to the Printing Industry Center and developing long lasting partnerships with RIT, its faculty, students, and all of the center’s collaborators.”
Industry partners pledge money to help fund the center’s operations and advise RIT’s researchers on topics critical to the printing industry. The center’s other industry partners are Adobe Systems Inc., Eastman Kodak Co., Heidelberg, Hewlett-Packard Co., NPES, Standard Register, Vertis, VIGC, U.S. Government Printing Office and Xerox Corp.
The Printing Industry Center at RIT is a joint program of RIT’s School of Print Media and RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business. For more information on the Printing Industry Center, visit http://print.rit.edu.