FESPA board members recognised for life-long commitment to wide format printing industry

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Michel Caza and Ricardo Rodríguez Delgado, members of the FESPA board of directors, have each been honoured with independent industry awards acknowledging the strong and continuing commitment they have demonstrated to the screen and digital printing technologies over a combined 82 years.

Michel Caza was presented with the prestigious Howard A. Parmele Award during the SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. Michel has been involved in the screen printing community since 1954; a pioneer in fine arts and graphic screen printing, he has worked with artists such as Dali, Matisse and Warhol. He became a founding member of FESPA in 1962, and has also played an active role in the SGIA. His unswerving commitment to the industry has seen him collect a host of awards since that time and led him to be inducted into the Academy of Screen Printing Technology, where he served as chairman in 2003.

The Howard A. Parmele Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the graphic arts industry, is presented to individuals who have had exceptional involvement in the speciality imaging industry over an extensive time period. Michel received the award for his vast contribution to screen printing and the SGIA community, of which he has been a member for 30 years. The honour also recognises his role as an industry pioneer in the field of UV inks for a wide range of graphic and industrial applications.

“I was very surprised to win this esteemed award and I am extremely appreciative of the honour connected with receiving it,” says Michel Caza. “This printing technology has been my life’s work and I am grateful that SGIA has recognised the passion I have for it, and the devotion I have given to it.”

Michel will participate in the Screen Masters Workshops at FESPA Americas, alongside fellow winner of the Parmele Award, Scott Fresener.

Michel’s colleague on the FESPA Board, Ricardo Rodríguez Delgado has also accepted an award in acknowledgment of his dedication to the print industry. The “Tribute of the Year 2010” PIXEL Award was presented during a special ceremony at the Viscom Sign Exhibition in Madrid, in recognition of his career in the national and international graphic arts markets.

Ricardo began his career in print in 1982 in the outdoor advertising sector until 1984 when he became president of Panorama a leading screen printing company in Spain. Under his leadership, Panorama was renowned in Europe for its continuous technological innovation which led to its extension into other countries including Portugal and France. Having founded AEDES, the Spanish Association of Screen Printers in 1990, he joined the FESPA Board in 1995. Following this he served as FESPA’s President from 2002 to 2005, concluding his period in office with the phenomenally successful FESPA 2005 exhibition in Munich.

The PIXEL Awards were established by Pro-Digit@l magazine to celebrate the hard work of individuals and the contribution they have made towards the growth and development of the printing and graphic arts industry in Spain.

Ricardo comments, “I am so happy about winning this award. For me it represents the kindness and respect of my Spanish colleagues with whom I have worked for many years, firstly through AEDES and then with FESPA. To have my love and commitment for the graphic arts industry officially acknowledged is incredibly flattering and I am grateful.”