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It’s hard to
just ask any
manager or tarot
card reader. Getting a forecast right
requires a keen understanding of many
factors and the sense to see how they
affect each other.
In the realm of flexography, predicting
the future isn’t too difficult: From
analysts like Smithers Pira and Research
And Markets to surveys capturing the
real world experiences of printers and
manufacturers alike, all share a common
refrain: Flexography has been growing
and continues to do so, with no end in
sight. The specifics—which segments,
by how much—are what comprise
JANUARY 2015 VOLUME 40, NO. 1
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES
32 Augmented Flexography
Analyzing the benefits of a digital press, there are some jobs where the fledgling format shines.
36 Creative Converting
Steven Leibin & Wolfgang Ripper
Laminators, coaters, slitter/rewinders—the world of converting machinery can add value to a print
operation and help differentiate from competitors.
39 Crystal Clear
As customer demands and the minimum acceptable quality for a product have increased, high
resolution plate imaging has become a go to for staying competitive.
PLANTS & PROCESSES
42 Green By Nature
FTA member Specialty Printing recently received SGP certification, offering tangible
proof of sustainability initiatives in place for years.
44 Generations Of Sustainability
Walle Corp., an FTA member for more than 20 years, has put a focus on sustainability
for generations. Its recent SGP certification is the latest in a long line of proof.
46 Finishing FIRST
Anderson & Vreeland employees sound off on what they’ve gained from FIRST
certification, how customer interactions have improved and what it does on a day to day basis.
52 Standards, Excellence
ACTEGA WIT’s VP of Sales & Marketing Mark DeSandre discusses the benefits of
FIRST certification and how it has manifested in continuous improvement for his company.
58 Forum Session Previews
A look at two of Forum 2015’s sessions “Upside Down or Inside Out: What’s Next in
Packaging” and “Gauging Your Flexo Vital Signs: A Basics Reality Check.”
6 Publisher’s Ink
6 Central Impressions
7 Pressing Issues
60 Members & Maneuvers
64 Ad Index
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