Tielt-Winge, 21st April 2015 – ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association for industrial, functional and specialist screen and digital printing technology, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The celebrations culminated in awarding the very first title of the association’s “Honourable Ambassador” to Mr. Wilfried Kammann, the Executive Director of Kammann Spezialmaschinen & Steuerungstechnik (KSM) GmbH.
ESMA’s General Assembly held on 19-20th March 2015 nominated Mr. Kammann as a highly regarded industry figure whose professional curriculum vitae reflects the history of screen print development, from its beginnings with the famous wooden frame and manually stretched nylon mesh to the recent technological innovations. In 1961 Wilfried Kammann joined Werner Kammann Maschinenfabrik GmbH which manufactured screen and pad printing machines. In 1976 he also founded KSM GmbH focusing on the manufacture of special machinery and the development of new technologies. Nowadays, the Germany-based KSM company designs solutions for decoration of containers and other applications using high end digital heat transfer techniques.
“I want to thank ESMA for the honour of the nomination. My career allowed me to accompany a few important phases in the history of screen printing. Basing on these experiences it is foreseeable that many decorating requirements could best be fulfilled by a combination of screen and digital technology.” – stated Wilfried Kammann in his acceptance speech and concluded – “A successful future will often only be reached in close cooperation of suppliers and manufacturers. In that context I see the key role of ESMA as an excellent platform to bring people and technology together.”