Marc Hansing joins Drytac Europe

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 09 January 2017.

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Drytac Europe has appointed Marc Hansing to the role of Sales account manager responsible for promoting Drytac Europe’s product range and supporting customers throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Hansing began his career in the graphics industry in 2010 as a service engineer for Neschen. In 2011, Neschen promoted him to the role of head of technical services and product manager for the laminating machines division. 

After relocating to Sydney, Australia, he joined Starleaton Digital Solutions where he was responsible for the company’s hardware division and technical support before returning to his native Germany in 2016.


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Apprentices earn industry accolade at BSGA Awards

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 15 November 2016.

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The ‘Roland DG Young Signmaker of the Year’ award aims to reward the rising stars of the industry who have made outstanding progress in their careers to date. The award, presented this year at the 2016 BSGA British Sign Awards, showcased the talent of two entries this year that the judges couldn’t put a pin between, leading to two apprentices - Damian Jacobs of Allen Signs and Kirsty Donald of Owen Pilling Graphics - announced as joint winners.  

runners up resizedThe judges commented that Damian who is just 24 and joined Allen Signs as an apprentice six years ago, progressed to the role of production manager having completed both Level 2 and 3 of his apprenticeship. Throughout his time with the company he has taken on responsibility for scheduling and the management of difficult production and installation jobs, including one giant roll-out project to 150 sites.

Kirsty was praised by the judges for being the first candidate to achieve a formal Modern Apprenticeship in Sign Making. At just 22, her work at Owen Pilling Graphics demonstrated a willingness to learn new things which has helped her develop into a confident, multi-skilled employee. Her employers commented that she not only makes an effective contribution to the bottom line but also has a measurable influence in shaping the culture Owen Pilling Graphics is keen to cultivate.

Those highly commended (above left) were Dan Pickthall and Josh Oliver, Ast Signs; Sam Harris, HNS Signs; Ryan Gomersall, The Sign Group; Jason Lee, Spectrum Sign and Display.


Steffens says farewell to FESPA after 23 years of service

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 31 October 2016.

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Nigel Steffens has announced his retirement from FESPA following 23 years of service to the organisation, first as General Secretary and later CEO.

Steffens joined FESPA in January 1993 as Assistant General Secretary. He was promoted to General Secretary in 2000 and become CEO in 2003. In 2013, he handed over his duties as CEO to Neil Felton, and those of General Secretary to Sean Holt.

During his tenure, FESPA has seen tremendous growth, expanding from a secretariat of three to an in-house team of 36, and Steffens has also participated in the significant growth and development of FESPA's flagship European events.

Among many projects, he was closely involved in the acquisition of the exhibition now known as FESPA Mexico, and in deepening FESPA's association relationships in Asia, which are the foundations of FESPA's forthcoming FESPA Asia event, taking place in Thailand in February 2017.

Addressing FESPA's member associations at the organisation's General Assembly in Copenhagen, Steffens said: "Reflecting on the incredible progress and expansion of FESPA's global event portfolio over the last 23 years gives me a huge sense of pride. It has been a privilege to help an already-powerful brand go from strength to strength. The greatest reward is to have been part of a team that has steered FESPA to a level of commercial success that enables us to actively reinvest funds for the long-term development of the print community, to be giving back and creating positive conditions for our members' growth."

FESPA President Yaşar Güvenen, says: "It's been a pleasure to work with Nigel over the years and we're extremely grateful for his hard work and dedication. He has committed himself to building a sense of a close knit FESPA family, enabled by his unique ability to bridge different cultures. As a valued adviser and honest friend, I wish him the very best for the future.”


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Ronan Walshe joins HEXIS UK

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 31 October 2016.

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Materials company HEXIS UK Ltd. has appointed Ronan Walshe as Area sales manager for the East and South East of England.

Walshe joins the HEXIS team from Stanford Marsh Group, having previously held machinery sales roles at a number of other wide format industry companies including printMAX, CWES, Atech, Perfect Colours and Sericol/euromedia.

In his new role Walshe is responsible for developing all areas of the company’s business with both existing and potential customers in the area. He is also the primary point of contact for HEXIS customers in the region.


Strong demand for digital print production helps creates 11 new jobs at North Norfolk company

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 31 October 2016.

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Structure-flex has increased its workforce by eleven print production and graphics employees to meet the growing demands for the firm’s digital printing services.

The recruitment drive brings the number of staff employed by Structure-flex to 76 and is the latest stage of expansion for the successful manufacturing business, which moved its operation to a newly refurbished 50,000 ft2 factory premises last year.

With over 30 years’ experience in the graphics and printing industry, Darren Rolfe (above left) joined Structure-flex as Printroom supervisor to focus on running the ever expanding print department and ensuring that customer’s print expectations are met. 

Adam Livingstone (above right) joined the company to focus on building relationships with Structure-flex’s business clients and delivering designs for print, social media, digital media, animation, and video. 

“This is a very positive time to be joining Structure-flex. They have an unrivalled reputation in the industry and I am grateful to be part of such a fantastic organisation,” says Livingstone. “Structure-flex includes Greene King, Irn-Bru, Wilkinger Hot Dogs, and Skinner’s Pet Foods amongst the brands it has produced liveries for so I am very much looking forward to working on some exciting projects in the future.”

The North Norfolk based company supplies graphic products for use in a large range of industries with considerable expertise in the production of eye-catching commercial vehicle curtains, outdoor advertising banners and building wraps, and event signage.

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