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Paul Lancelle, technical specialist in All Printing Resources’ Technical
Solutions Group, current Excellence in Flexography Awards chairman,
father of four—including two special needs children—and one of sev-
eral thousand minority shareholders in the Green Bay Packers, is that
individual—the newest member of FTA’s most prestigious society.
Paul’s printing career began back in 1976, when he was fresh out of
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Initial management duties
came at Citizen Printing, where he served as prepress manager from
1990 to 1991. Paul held the same title at Brown County Publishing Co.
for the next year and one half. He found flexo when he moved on to
Green Bay Engraving and became vice president, technical develop-
ment. In 2008, he joined Kodak as senior business development manag-
er, packaging and became part of APR’s “Team Flexo” in May 2013.
Training is in his blood. With a knowledge base that extends through
prepress, plate making, print and postpress applications that crosses
into all market segments, his expertise and willingness to share and
instruct on proper practice and technique has brought Paul to some
15 countries and five continents.
Among the bits of wisdom he has shared, both in person and in
writing in the pages of FLEXO are the following: “Flexo will continue
to gain marketshare over competitive print processes, in large part
because much more emphasis is being placed on the functionality and
value that can be obtained through flexographic technical applica-
tions.” That point, made in 2002, was similar to one put out just one
year later: “Color management application and technology continue
to evolve, leading to improved
consistency and repeatability.”
Long a proponent of optimizing the
flexo color gamut, in 2014, Lancelle
told readers, “The age old mantra of
benchmarking and characterization
from a given set of print conditions,
with optimization as an ongoing
goal, remains as the basis in laying
the foundation for any successful
process control program.”
No stranger to the FTA stage. Paul took to the
podium at 1991’s Fall Conference and soon
became a fixture. He delivered a repeat per-
formance, addressing “Get Your Color Here,”
at the same event exactly 10 years later. In the
interim, he found his footing at the Forum
lectern as well, initially speaking at the 1999
event and repeating in 2000 and 2001.
By 2002, he accepted the next challenge and filled the role of session co-
chair. Next in progression: chair of the 2003 Forum, staged in Salt Lake
City, UT. While speaking has been his forte, early assignments found
Lancelle participating in the Flexo Quality Consortium’s 1998 Doctor
Blade and Characterization and 1999 Press Characterization projects.
That led to his development of a 1999 Press Characterization Tutorial.
Project FOG—Flexo, Offset and Gravure—caught his attention in
2001, as well as his support in orchestrating the demonstration proj-
ects that it entailed. And in 2006 he spoke to “Professional Develop-
ment in Simple Terms.”
By that time in 2006, Paul—who had been vice chair of FTA’s Supplier
Leadership Council, as well as a member of the Environmental and
Excellence Awards Committees, frequent judge in the Excellence in
Flexography Awards Competition and second term member of FTA’s
Board of Directors—was about to become chairman of its Founda-
tion’s Board of Trustees. He held that post midway into 2008.
During his tenure as chairman of the board, he was tapped to become
the association’s ambassador to the Australian and New Zealand
Flexographic Technical Association (ANZFTA), where he spoke at its
Forum and seized the opportunity to tour several “factories.” Writing
of that experience in December 2007, he observed, “Production and
scheduling requirements are not as hectic as in the U.S.... Distance
from assistance breeds more of a risk taker attitude in their endeavors.
People exhibit a passion to be the best.”
That’s something Lancelle has always appreciated, as evidenced by a
statement he penned for FLEXO leading up to the start of the Forum
he chaired. “One of the greatest things about working in this industry
is the quality and dedication of the people you get to meet along the
way. It’s been a great ride!”
“One of the greatest things about
working in this industry is the
quality and dedication of the people
you get to meet along the way. It’s
been a great ride!
Left, Paul celebrates FTA’s 50th Anniversary with David Neiman and FTA
Board Chair and President Mark Cisternino. Right, speaking as event chair at
Forum 2003 in Salt Lake City, UT.
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