CLEMSON — Clemson University’s nationally recognized graphic communications program just got better, thanks to a nearly $1 million gift-in-kind from one of the world’s leading manufacturers of dynamic printing solutions and technologies.

Nilpeter, press, Graphic Communications, gift

Graphic Communications students have a state-of-the-art press, courtesy of Nilpeter.
Image Credit: Patrick Wright / Clemson University

Global press supplier Nilpeter Inc., has provided Clemson with a state-of-the-art flexographic printing press valued at more than $900,000. The gift will enable the university to build on its reputation as one of the nation’s leaders in printing and packaging design education by providing students with this cutting-edge teaching tool.

“Nilpeter’s gift is an investment in the next generation of packaging design leaders,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “We appreciate, and are honored, that Nilpeter recognizes Clemson as a leader in preparing high-caliber printing and packaging design professionals for the industry.”

Clemson’s College of Business graphic communications program has long been recognized as a national leader in packaging design and printing education. Through such generous gifts as Nilpeter’s, Clemson employs a hands-on approach to package design and printing education that gives students an employability advantage. The program boasts a 95 percent employment rate upon graduation.

The flexographic press, located in Godfrey Hall, is capable of producing promotion labels, folding cartons and flexible film. Its speed, efficiency and advanced drive and registration systems provide students with industry-leading technology on which to learn.

Clemson students have the benefit of learning on this high tech, flexographic press.

Clemson students have the benefit of learning on this high-tech, flexographic press.
Image Credit: Patrick Wright / Clemson University

“Our students understand marketplace competitiveness and how implementing technology can keep companies strong and innovative,” said Charles “Chip” Tonkin, department chair. “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.”

A global printing company with nearly 100 years of engineering expertise in printing, Nilpeter serves businesses in 65 countries with high-quality label and narrow-web printing solutions.

“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,” said Lars Eriksen, CEO and owner of Nilpeter. “We look forward to our future cooperation with Clemson University faculty and students.”

The Nilpeter gift is part of Clemson’s 10-year The Will to Lead capital campaign, which concluded this year, surpassing its $1 billion goal.