Fespa is seeking nominations of print solution providers for its Hall of Fame 2013. The initiative will culminate at Fespa 2013 in London next June where the overall ‘Global Printer of the Year’ will be announced alongside the top five printers in each country.
The Hall of Fame, seen first at Fespa Digital 2012, is the ‘who’s who’ of leading printers worldwide. Fespa is encouraging the print industry to start nominating colleagues, who they feel deserve to be recognised and rewarded for their excellence.
The Hall of Fame aims to highlight worthy individuals from all over the world who their peers hold up as inspirational role models. Printers can be nominated for having pioneered a new approach or technology, or demonstrated innovation in other ways. They may simply stand out on print skill or service for a leading stance on sustainability, or have made some other significant contribution to the industry.
Fespa managing director Neil Felton said: “The initial Hall of Fame at Fespa Digital 2012 was extremely well received and we’re thrilled to continue to celebrate the amazing and inspiring work of printers around the world. We want to encourage the print community to nominate colleagues and industry peers they admire, to help celebrate the exceptional work that they do every day.”
Nominees who receive several votes will be inaugurated into the Fespa Hall of Fame offering a host of benefits as part of an exclusive group. With the chance to network with like-minded innovative entrepreneurs, nominees also receive VIP invitations to Fespa global events as well as discounted conference or summit delegate places.
Nominations will run until 21 January 2013, the global community will then be able to vote for their favourite ‘print hero’ until 31 May 2013. The five winners and top five nominees per country will be announced at FESPA 2013 on 26 June 2013 at an Awards Gala Dinner.
Making a nomination is simple. Printers, manufacturers, agencies, brands or suppliers wanting to nominate, simply visit www.fespa.com/halloffame.
Meanwhile Fespa and Esko have confirmed their ‘Global Software and Finishing Partnership’ for the second consecutive year. In turn Esko is offering of a free 12 month full production license agreement of i-cut suite software to all new and existing Fespa association members. As part of the partnership agreement, Esko will also host three webinars covering advance sign and display workflow solutions in the areas of ‘Preparation, Enhancement and Adding Value’. These will take place via www.fespa.com in September and October 2012.
The first two webinars (6 and 20 September) will cover a diverse range of business areas. These presentations will highlight and discuss new opportunities that will benefit print businesses bottom line, including new workflow solutions and smart developments in software to help streamline data and prepare for print. The final webinar on 4 October will explain how 3D software can add significant customer value. From CAD to graphic design, printers will learn new simple 3D techniques to create multi-part displays to excite customers.
Fespa has also confirmed a new working partnership with environmental research initiative Verdigris, through which both parties will share information about a range of issues surrounding environmental sustainability. Verdigris will provide weekly blogs and quarterly features within the Planet Friendly Printing area of www.fespa.com.