The graphic communications program at Clemson University recently received an almost $1 million gift-in-kind from global press supplier Nilpeter Inc. in the form of a flexographic printing press.
The printing press will provide students of the nationally recognized program state of the art equipment.
“Nilpeter’s gift is an investment in the next generation of packaging design leaders,” Clemson President James P. Clements said. “We appreciate, and are honored, that Nilpeter recognizes Clemson as a leader in preparing high-caliber printing and packaging design professionals for the industry.”
The flexographic press will allow students to produce promotion labels, folding cartons and flexible film with industry-leading speed and efficiency.
“Our students understand marketplace competitiveness and how implementing technology can keep companies strong and innovative,” Department Chair Charles “Chip” Tonkin said. “The value of this gift extends to potential employers in that they want students who know how to utilize and implement the latest technologies to stay competitive. We appreciate that Nilpeter believes in our students and faculty to invest this level of commitment in Clemson and the industry.”
Clemson’s graphic communications program boasts a 95 percent employment rate for students entering packaging design and printing jobs after college.
Nilpeter, an almost century old global printing company with locations in 65 countries, donated the gift as a part of Clemson’s 10-year The Will to Lead capital campaign that ended this year after surpassing its $1 billion goal.
“Nilpeter is strongly committed to the education of the next generation of printers. By operating the latest and most innovative technology, we aim to inspire skilled students to positively influence the printing industry in the years to come,” Lars Eriksen, CEO and owner of Nilpeter, said. “We look forward to our future cooperation with Clemson University faculty and students.”