At the 2023 FIAUK Print Awards, the award for Outstanding Contribution was awarded to Steve Rigby.
Steve studied printing at Central Liverpool College. One of his first major roles was in Malaysia, where he helped set up the first medical packaging company in the country. Then followed roles at UCB Packaging Ltd in St. Helens and Mediflex Ltd in Lancaster before joining BASF in 2001. BASF became Flint, and finally XSYS as we know it today.
As you can see by taking the huge step of moving to Malaysia to help setup a business, Steve is definitely one for a challenge. If you think back in 1983, the world was a much larger place, without internet and very little knowledge of what living somewhere far away from home would look like.
Steve has continued to work in print for more than 40 years and in that time, has worked across all aspects of flexo, from running a printing press to managing a production site. He has seen a massive shift in the quality and growth in flexo print over the years. 20 years ago, we were working in an analogue world, before moving to digital and HD print. Steve has always embraced change and guided customers through this, learning on the job and not letting anything phase him.
Steve’s knowledge and attitude to work have been a massive part of not only XSYS’s success, but the whole flexographic industry. He has been a big supporter for FIAUK, pushing customers to provide samples for the awards and judging print samples, along with partaking in events.
A great member of the team and much appreciated by customers for his knowledge, attitude, and continued support to progress flexo print capabilities, his name is synonymous with the industry and following his retirement, will be a huge loss.
Congratulations to Steve, and we wish him continued good health and a well-deserved retirement.