SPAI FESPA Awards 2023 recognises excellence at a glittering award function.
At a Glittering function at Mumbai concurrent with SCREENTEX India 2023 tradeshow, innovators from the industry were honoured for their creativity and excellence on 7th October 2023 with 400+ industry leaders gracing the event.
The SPAI-FESPA Awards Programme is awaited across the industry for its outstanding entries, judged by industry experts who in turn have contributed significant advances to the techniques and technology across the industry. This is where capabilities were rewarded and judged by industry experts.
Entries were evaluated by eminent jury of Mr. Jacek Stencel, Mr. Tarun Chopra, Mr. Suresh Babu.
Award Categories included: Point of Purchase Products – Paper; Point of Purchase Products – Plastics; Posters, Single Sheets, Multi-Sheets; Original Serigraphy, Giclees, Fine Art Reproductions; Decals, Labels and Stickers, Fleet Marking; Special Effect, Print Finishing, Value Addition & Packaging; Special Effect on T-shirts, Garments and Other Textiles; T-shirts and Other Garments; Heat Transfers, Stickers and Labels for Garments; Glass and Ceramic Products; Metal and Wood Products, Sign & Objects; Wedding Cards & Invitation; Functional Printing; and Miscellaneous.
Gold winners: Spectrum Scan, Image Care(2 awards), Printhub, Creative Graphics, Prayag Advertisers, Arihant Printers, Pramukh Print(2 awards), Monochem Graphics(2awards), Screen Art, and Linepro Controls.
Silver winners: Creative Graphics(2 awards), Protolab Electrotechnologies(3 awards), Image Care, Monochem Graphics(2 awards), Pramukh Print(2 awards), Hi-definition Prints, Jsg Innotech and Screen Art.
Bronze Winners: Spectrum Scan(2 awards), Screen Art, Vishal Productions(2 awards), Ocean’s Deep Printers, Nsr Creation, Unique Tags, Ondot Enterprises and Keetronics.
The SPAI-FESPA Awards Gala Nite was a fantastic evening full of live entertainment and an electric ambience. It was attended by industry professionals in celebrating the very best of print as a night to remember. The SPAI-FESPA Awards had stars brought into the limelight and was an important networking forum building new business contacts and relationships.
When asked about their observations about the event and entries received this is what they had to say.
Tarun Chopra: “I think we could have more participation from the industry with a little more diverse entries as a lot of our fellow printers do some amazing work which never gets the visibility they or their products deserve. In terms of organising, it was a pretty sorted event which was managed well.”
Suresh Babu: “I was very disappointed when I saw the textile printing category. Entries submitted very little effort for a major prestigious awards held in India. Because we need to take advantage of such opportunities. It is a good platform to express our imaginations and talents. Next time I will be ready to help them with technical matters as much as I can to create better works.”
Jacek Stencel: “It is a very exciting moment when, during the work of judging the entries, one can see the tremendous diligence and commitment of the printmakers in realising their often very complex projects. It is with undisguised admiration and appreciation that I have watched the level of competition entries steadily rise over the years. The 14 categories, with almost 100 entries, show that the level of print quality was high, regardless of the substrates used and their contemporary use in the textile, automotive and electronics industries, for example. It was a great moment to attend the opening ceremony of SCREENTEX INDIA 2023 where all the entries were presented to the visiting public. It was a great opportunity to promote the art of printmaking, inspire and encourage participation in the next edition of the competition. The spectacularly splendidly organised SPAI FESPA Awards evening Gala certainly brought much satisfaction and joy to all the competition winners.”
Dr Raghav Rao of title sponsor, Fujifilm Sericol India: “The whole event was very professionally organised and executed. It was wonderful to be amidst the stakeholders in the evening where talents were recognized. We are happy to have been part of this awards night where creative talents within our industry were recognised and awarded.”
Luminaries awarded for their excellence
On the occasion of SPAI-FESPA awards eminent personalities from the industry were honoured for their excellence and service and inspiration to the sector.
Yeoman Service: Mr. Dilip Bhise – Founder member of SPAI.
Pioneer of the Industry: Mr. Maria Jerald Prabhu – A printing technician with PRICOL, based in Coimbatore, has over 40 years of experience. He converted the aluminium metal dials into plastic moulded parts and the moulded form into sheet forms during the market revolution for autodials in India.
Ashit Mistry – Ashit’s passion for printing led to screen printing, equipping him with the technical knowledge he would later apply to great effect In 1977, he embarked on a challenging entrepreneurial venture. Their screen printing business is known as Grafica. Grafica Decals is synonymous with precision and innovation in the world of helmet decals.
Bhupinder Kumar – is the Director of Manohar Filaments. They are in the manufacturing of woven and printed labels.
K.A. Joseph – the Managing Director of S.J.S. Enterprises, has more than 35 years of experience in the aesthetic printing business.
Amit Shah – He started Spectrum Scan in Jan 1988 providing basic pre-press services to offset printers in Mumbai, later diversifying into digital printing and screen printing for the commercial advertising, display and POP / POS services. Besides being the current President of BMPA, he is also recognized nationally and internationally for his work.
Title Sponsor of the SPAI-FESPA Awards 2023 was Fujifilm Sericol India. Sponsors included J.N. Arora & Co Ltd, Colors Printing Inks, Cine Dot, Krishna Ink, San Printech Pvt Ltd, Sunlan Chemicals, Mitesha Enterprises, Nilesh Enterprise and Mark Graphics.
About the jury
Jacek Stencel, has more than 35 years’ experience in the print industry. Owner and founder of PASJA based in Poland – screen and digital printing and print finishing house, specialised in special effects printing with a multiple international awards company. President of Polish Association of Screen & Digital Printing PSSiDC – FESPA Member, Member of Polish Chamber of Print and ASDPT (American Academy of Screen and Digital Print Technologies), member of judging panels and few printing local and international contests.
With over three decades of experience in the print industry, Tarun Chopra is a highly skilled professional who has worked at grassroots levels and has extensive knowledge of prepress, printing and colour management. Chopra is also an accomplished writer, having authored many articles on print standardization and colour management in leading industry publications.
Suresh Babu, is a pioneer who started first modernised screen making in Tirupur in the year 2000. In 2010, he participated in the prestigious FESPA MUNICH competition for the printing industry and won a gold medal, people’s choice award and cash prize. He is a winner of two golds at the FESPA LONDON 2013 competition.