Wolfgang Pfirrmann – Began his career in screenprinting at Domberger KG, Filderstadt, Germany, from 1976 to 1979, where he apprenticed as a screenprinter. He then spent the next five years, from 1979 to 1984 doing freelance work and consulting in screenprinting. He then spent two years working as a screenprinters and production manager in Hamburg. In 1986 Pfirrmann was hired by Svecia Screen Printing Machines, Stockholm, Sweden, as their Training Manager.
During the last 8 years of his career in screenprinting, Pfirrmann has concentrated his efforts on developing and marketing Computer-To-Screen Systems for KIWO and Kissel + Wolf. Prior to this time, Pfirrmann was responsible for the applied research labs of KIWO Texas and in Germany. While in charge of the labs, Pfirrmann developed new stencil quality measurement systems that he introduced to the industry. Throughout his career, commencing with his apprenticeship as a screenprinter, and continuing through his positions as a screenprinter, production manager, training manager, and product manager, Pfirrmann has accumulated extensive experience in all areas of screenprinting.
Pfirrmann has written myriad technical articles on screenprinting and screenmaking for trade magazines and trade association publications in the USA, Central America, Central Europe, and Asia. He is a frequent speaker and seminar conductor at industry conventions, trade associations sponsoring educational programs, and at trade organizations. Pfirrmann has also developed many educational programs for screenprinters and for universities that offer graphic arts programs. He has extensive experience in developing and conducting seminars, technical workshops, and continuing education programs for screenprinters and at universities with graphic arts programs.
He has particularly enjoyed his supervision and mentoring of apprentices during their education as screenprinters and co-op students in undergraduate and graduate cooperative programs.
1976 – 1979 – Domberger KG, Filderstadt, Germany, Screenprinting Apprentice
1979 – 1984 – Screen Printing Consultant, Consulting, and freelance work in general and specialized screen printing.
1984 – Studio Haase, Hamburg, Germany, Screenprinter
1984 – 1985 – Wunder KG, Hamburg, Germany, 1984-1985, Production Manager
1986 – 1988 – Svecia Screen Printing Machines, Stockholm, Sweden, Training Manager, where he established a training center and several seminar programs for the training of customers, printers, and faculty members of technical schools. Training of customers on operating new printing presses, fully automated production lines, and multicolor printing machines.
1989 – 1990 – Kissel + Wolf GmbH, Wiesloch, Germany, Manager Applied Research Department. Managed the Applied Research Department, developed educational seminars and training programs for customers, industry, and faculty members of technical schools. Researched and introduced new quality control concepts in the screenprinting industry. Developed automated coating equipment and researched influencing parameters on screen making.
1991 – 1996 – KIWO Inc, Seabrook, TX, USA, Manager Applied Research Group. Introduced a new stencil quality control concept (Rz Measurement) to the North American market and continued research of parameters influencing stencil making.
1996 – 2002 – KIWO Inc, Seabrook, TX, Vice President Digital Products Division. Researched new technologies suitable for adaptation to screen imaging. Managed product development, marketing, and sales of digital screen imaging products.
1997 – Inducted into the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technology (ASDPT).
2002 – 2003 – Kissel + Wolf GmbH, Wiesloch, Germany, Manager Digital Systems Division. Researched new technologies suitable for adaptation to screen imaging. Managed product development, implemented sales channels of digital screen imaging products.
2003 to 2014 – Industry and Manufacturer Consultant, providing expertise in the area of Computer-To-Screen Imaging and general screenprinting.
2014 to Present – Principal Owner of Reich Fauchet Design, LLC – RFD Custom Homes in Houston, Texas. The company offers Custom Home Design and Construction, Architectural Design Services, New Home construction and major remodels. RFD focuses on high-end homes with an emphasis on exceptional design, high energy efficiency, and the use of superior building materials. Visit the company at www.rfdhouston.com
2016 to Present – Principal Owner of RFD Home Furnishing in Houston, Texas. The company is the exclusive distributor and retailer for high-end Italian kitchens and home furnishings servicing Houston’s designers, architects, and builders as well as retail customers. The main product lines are Armony and Presotto. Visit the company at Armonyhouston.com.
Since 1997, Pfirrmann has enjoyed painting figurative works, landscapes, and abstracts.