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Keith Ferrel carves his name in Fespa’s Hall of Fame

Monday, 12 March 2012
By Print 21 Online Article

The co-founder of Cactus Imaging did not expect to be named one of the world’s top printers at Fespa Digital 2012. Voted ahead of 400 plus printers from 40 countries, Ferrel claimed fourth place and the privilege of joining Fespa’s Hall of Fame.

Ferrel (pictured), general manager of strategic development for Opus Print Group, said the award came as a surprise, especially since he was booked to fly out before the presentation. “It was incredible to place in the top five, as there were some influential people in the running. It’s certainly a privilege I will never forget.

“I was nominated by two of our clients, Paradise Outdoor and Ooh Media. It’s a thrill to be held in such high regard by customers and as far as I’m concerned the award is a huge vote of confidence for Cactus Imaging,” he said. “When Warwick Spicer and I sold the company to Opus back in 2008, it was an offer too good to refuse. Cactus certainly hasn’t gone backwards, if anything business is booming and has been for the past two years.”

According to Fespa organisers, the awards designed to recognise ‘the leading lights of the wide format print community’ received a record 6,000 votes. The winner and Top 5 for the Fespa Hall of Fame 2012 were announced at the exhibition mid-February, including:

  • WINNER: Rich Thompson, AdGraphics, (USA)
  • 2nd Kishore Musale, Classic Stripes, (India)
  • 3rd Birol Fedai, Sistem Printing, (Turkey)
  • 4th Keith Ferrel, Cactus Imaging, (Australia)
  • 5th Simon Pless, Erler & Pless, (Germany)

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