By Richard Stuart-Turner, Tuesday 11 June 2019
An Austrian wrapping professional has been named as the winner of Fespa’s World Wrap Masters series final.
Sponsored by Hexis, Mimaki, Wrap Gear and Car Wrapper 3D, World Wrap Masters ran throughout the year and concluded with two competitions at the Fespa Global Print Expo 2019 in Munich last month: Wrap Masters Europe and the World Wrap Masters series final.
Wrap Masters Europe took place on 14 and 15 May, when 30 competitors from 12 countries battled it out for a place in the series final.
Casper Madsen from CWRAP//Colors in Denmark took the title of European Wrap Master, while Triain Moldovan from TM Wraps in Austria and Giovanni Rosas Linares from TopCar Performance in Mexico took second and third place respectively.
On 16 and 17 May Madsen, Moldovan and Rosas Linares went on to compete against the winners of previous World Wrap Masters events: Wrap Masters Asia, Mexico and Eurasia, Speedwrap at Fespa Africa and Cambea at Fespa Brasil, as well as national wrap events in Denmark and Finland. The finalists were challenged with wrapping VW Golf cars and mannequins.
Moldovan was ultimately crowned World Wrap Masters champion while second and third places went to Norman Brübachj from Germany and Sweden’s Jonas Sjöström respectively.
Moldovan, who has competed annually since 2016 and has improved his result each year, said he was “speechless” at the result.
“I wasn’t expecting it. It was a tough and very close competition. To be able to compete against all of these wrappers is awesome. In this competition you have to deliver quality work under stress, and it turns out it was a good day for me.”
Fespa events manager Suzy Mayhew attributed World Wrap Masters’ continued success to “the ‘live’ element of a strong community demonstrating their craft and actively looking to improve and be inspired”.
“One of the most rewarding aspects is how far people travel to participate and how much they appreciate reconnecting with and learning from each other,” she added.
“The competition has become more challenging, as the wrappers’ skills markedly improve across the shows and through the global series. Even the vinyl artwork design was commissioned to ensure it would be a tougher test of ability.
“The ‘creative’ rounds always provide an interesting and different challenge for the contestants – and are fun for the audience to watch.”
The next event in the World Wrap Masters series will take place at Fespa Mexico 2019 from 22 to 24 August at Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City.