Nilpeter USA, Inc. has provided Clemson University with a state-of-the-art flexographic printing press valued at more than $900,000, a gift that 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,” says 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 automation, efficiency and advanced drive and registration systems provide students with industry-leading technology on which to learn.

“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.”

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.