Labels & Labeling is sad to report the passing of Peter Frei, CEO of the Pantec print decoration business, who died in an accident on April 29.
Peter was born on June 30, 1963 in Zürich, Switzerland. In 1988, he graduated from ETH Zürich as a mechanical engineer and started working as a development engineer and project manager. In 1996, he began his career in the printing industry as a director of new business development and system sales before joining Pantec in 2008.
Over the next 10 years, he transformed the newly formed print decoration business unit into a leading player in the field of hot foil embossing machines with three product lines for narrow and wide web.
Everybody at Pantec highly respected Peter’s vision and expertise, with which he led the company to great success. Sparking a paradigm shift amongst the industry was one of his greatest achievements. He convinced printing houses worldwide to change their production concepts to in-line processing, allowing them to utilize Pantec’s high performance hot foil embossing technology for greater efficiency. Due to his management, Pantec was successfully positioned as the unchallenged leader in its market sector.
Reinhard Braun, Pantec owner and CEO, said: ‘Peter was not only a great business developer with technical aptitude and tenacity, but also a passionate leader, building up a very strong team around him with extensive application and engineering know-how. Through this, he was able to achieve an outstanding market position in such a short time.
‘I will always remember Peter as a great entrepreneur with an inspiring personality and a huge passion for the printing industry.’
Peter leaves behind a wife and three children.
Pantec will soon commence the process of appointing a successor for Peter. Braun will direct the business in the interim.