About Stefan Mertes & ScreenPrintingNow.com

Mastering Screen Printing: Your Comprehensive Guide to a 35-Year Legacy

With over three and a half decades of screen printing wisdom under our belt, we take immense pleasure in sharing our insights with you. The intention is not just to disseminate information, but to inspire and empower you. Whether you’re struggling with a daunting printing issue or taking your first steps into the exciting world of screen printing, we’re here to guide you. While our blog is relatively young, it’s brimming with rich content and we’re constantly adding more. If you have any curiosities or suggestions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We appreciate you being a part of our journey. Thank you!

Embracing the Art of Screen Printing: Where it All Begins

Screen printing isn’t just a process, it’s an art form. As with any art, the initial brush strokes might seem intimidating. But worry not, we’re here to help you lay a strong foundation. Let’s walk through the basics together.

Stefan Mertes

About Screen Printing Now

Nationality: German
Sex & Age : Male 55 years
Marital Status: Married, two children
Languages & Dialects: German, English, and basic French
Living: Mauritius


Nov. 2020 – Current

SEO and Web developer

Website maintenance and development, Webpage hosting, Mobile First, Pagespeed, incl. SEO strategies, with the implementation of Google’s knowledge base of what the future of “search” will be.

  • screenprintingnow.com
  • foobiss.com
  • chilliisland.com
  • birdhouse.one
  • upscreen.com
  • and can’t be named…
Nov 2019 – 2021

FOOBISS (opens in a new tab)

Owner and General Manager
Restaurant in Flic en Flac, Mauritius. Specializing in Wood Fired Pizza and Homemade Burgers.


Place 1 on Trip Advisor for Local Restaurant in only one Year.

October 2012 – 2023

ASPE Printing Machine Dealership (Mauritius and Madagascar) (opens in a new tab)

ASPE is a manufacturer of printing machines. The company is an innovator of the smallest and fastest automatic screen-printing machine for small size screen-printing.

  • Give technical support to clients
  • Participate in FESPA Trade Show Cologne 2015
  • Participate in FESPA Trade Show London 2013
Nov 2016 – May 2018

Screen Printing Consultant and Embroidery at Socota Madagascar (opens in a new tab)

  • Changed screen print production from Plastisol Ink to Water Based Ink
  • Solved production bottlenecks on backlog orders
  • Implemented as the first company in the Indian ocean water-based transfers
  • Refresh Stuff on latest printing technics
Mar 2003 – Jul 2016

Sunny Side Up Company

Owner, developer, and manager

The company provides a Mauritius Destination Portal info-mauritius.com
It has been the biggest German-speaking community on Mauritius with more than 8500 users and 9900 images online.

  • Create Website and update software
  • Administrator of forum
  • In charge of sales and advertisement
  • In charge of SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Feb 2015 – March 2015

Screen Printing Consultant at Socota Madagascar (opens in a new tab)

  • Setup Screen Printing Department
  • Consultant for all aspects of Screen Printing.
  • Support for production and technical problem solving
  • New development – special effects – printing technics
  • Trade Fair support Person
  • Teaching and Training
Feb 2015

Technical support for Rutland Group

A brief intervention in Dubai and Egypt


Hand on sessions how to use the screen printing ink

March 1998 – 2014

Chilliisland T-Print Limited

Chilliisland T- Print Ltd (previously known as Mixed Print LTD) is a screen-printing company with a reputation for implementing the latest printing technics in Mauritius. The company is also a solution-provider and works closely with its clients to position themselves more competitively in the market in terms of innovative prints, designs, and colors.
Owner and General Manager

  • Manage teams ranging from 6 to 40
  • In charge of business development
  • Provide tailor-made customer service and advice on designs, ink selection, and special effect printing
  • Create and develop new designs and concepts for clients
  • Drive sales
  • Ability to handle different techniques of printing (Transfer Screen Printing, Automatic Printing, Manual, All Over Table, Heat Transfer, Sublimation)
  • In charge of maintaining quality and standard of screen-printing
  • Responsible for color separation (Spot Color, CMYK, Simulated Process, Index Separation)
  • In charge of film output and screen preparation
  • In charge of ink preparation (opaque and transparent water-based, plastisol, discharge, and special effect inks)
  • In charge of repairs and maintenance of printing machines
  • Troubleshoot all technical printing issues and implement a process to resolve and avoid the same issues
  • Conversant with the following software – Photoshop, CorelDraw, FastRips, FastFilms, SimpleSeps, and Word Office
  • Develop own brand of T-shirt
  • The first one to introduce DGT printing in Mauritius
  • Receive pioneer status for the introduction of Transfer Litho printing in Mauritius
  • Implement and develop water transfer printing (Hydrographic)
  • Advisor to university students in screen printing projects
June 2005-2009

U.S. Screen Print & Inkjet Technology

The company is a solutions-provider in screen print and Inkjet technology. The company has published a book on printing and has developed tuitions and software on printing.

  • Sales Representative
  • Handle the whole range of USPI products (Software, Books, Digital Printers, Ink Jet Films and Videos)
  • Translate the Software Handbook FastFilm to German
  • Attend international trade shows as a representative
  • Give phone support for German-speaking clients
  • Act as a Beta tester for Software and Printers
  • Participate in FESPA + SGIA Trade Shows from New Orleans, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Madrid.
1990 – 1998

Pardon Creation Ltd (opens in a new tab)

Printer and Business developer
Employment Duration 7 yrs 9 mos
Location Ile de la Reunion – Mauritius

An international clothing and accessories lifestyle company in Reunion Island, that has outlets in Reunion Island, France, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Mauritius. The company creates its own concepts, designs, and prints under its own brand Pardon.

  • In charge of all the printing department
  • Develop and launch the screen printing unit in Mauritius
  • Manage the printing unit in Mauritius
  • Responsible for troubleshooting and solving screen printing production problems
  • Management of team with a hand- approach in all the steps and process in screen printing
  • Collaboration with fashion designersIn charge of all the printing department
  • Develop and launch the screen printing unit in Mauritius
  • Manage the printing unit in Mauritius
  • Responsible for troubleshooting and solving screen printing production problems
  • Management of team with a hand- approach in all the steps and process in screen printing
  • Collaboration with fashion designers

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