ESMA General Assembly 2019 introduces new Board Members and Honourable Ambassadors
Barcelona’s charm and mild climate attracted a high number of members and invited business contacts to ESMA General Assembly which took place on the 15th of March 2019. The yearly meeting of European Specialist Printing Manufacturer’s Association culminated in recognition for industry veterans and election of a new Board of Directors.
Since the meeting was held in one of Europe’s major industry and research hubs, many delegates took the opportunity of embarking on a “technology tour” the day before the General Assembly. Prof. Arben Merkoçi presented the nearly futuristic work and facilities of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Long-time supporters of TheIJC (The Inkjet Conference), Barberan, allowed a glimpse inside their digital printing and finishing systems factory.
The evening of the 14th of March opened with a keynote presentation of Nuria Herranz from ITENE Research Center. Nuria talked about functional coatings and inks which offer improved packaging properties in terms of sustainability, food waste reduction and consumer interaction. The official part continued with awarding two Honourable Ambassadors of the association. In their emotional acceptance speeches, Alex Zuckerman (Fimor) and André-Marie Peyskens (ex-MacDermid Autotype and ex-Saati) looked back at careers which spread over a half of a century and progressed together with the screen printing technology. All presentations were attended by both ESMA members and invited representatives of the Spanish printing industry – print service providers, distributors and technology suppliers. This interesting mix of old friends and newcomers provided for a long and vivid networking evening.