Sappi’s Neoterix ST release paper earns interzum 2017 Intelligent Material & Design Award

Sappi North America’s Neoterix ST, the first release paper to create surfaces that resist bacterial attachment and growth without the use of toxic additives or chemicals, has won the interzum 2017 Intelligent Material & Design Award. Interzum is the world’s leading tradeshow for furniture production and interior design. Interzum’s annual awards highlight visionary technologies, innovative materials and groundbreaking design across the industry. A jury of experts is responsible for reviewing participating companies’ most forward-thinking products, placing special emphasis on creative design that adds significant value to products and services. Neoterix ST is the result of Sappi’s collaboration with Sharklet Technologies, with whom it entered an exclusive, worldwide license agreement in 2016 to manufacture and distribute casting and release paper and film that features the groundbreaking Sharklet microtexture. Neoterix ST was chosen by five experts in design and architecture who were given a live demonstration of its capabilities.

Tom Collins.

“We’ve been extremely excited about the capabilities of Neoterix ST, so we’re thrilled to have it recognized by such an influential organization,” said Tom Collins, Vice President and General Manager, Specialties Business, Sappi North America. “Every day people come into contact with the texture imparted by Sappi’s release papers on almost every type of surface they encounter in their lives, including furniture and laminates. Neoterix ST is poised to make a significant impact on the health and safety of our home and office environments, so we hope this recognition will inspire designers, modelers and manufacturers to start marrying their designs with powerful functionality.”

Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, is a market leader in converting wood fibre. Its four businesses include Coated Printing Papers, Specialized Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging. Its Coated Printing Papers – including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo – are a key media for magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Sappi is also a leading manufacturer of Specialized Cellulose. Its Specialty Packaging products, such as LusterPrint and LusterCote, represent an important asset in the food packaging and labeling industries.



Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.