Home' FLEXO Magazine : June 2015 Contents Color and control made the Forum checklist,
to no surprise, of course. The ever-present
call to “print to the numbers,” repeatedly
echoed through the chambers. Cross plat-
forms and complementary printing processes
were put into play. Vital signs were examined.
Added value touches were recommended.
Fundamentals of flexo received their due as
well. Sound appreciation of the basics was
stressed. Anilox rolls, doctor blades, as well
as their care, maintenance and specialty ap-
plications, made possible through particular
offerings, took the spotlight. Simple and
intuitive practices to ensure quality print and
highly efficient production were the focal
points of each and every day—actually, make
that each and every session. That served to
place flexographers “In Perfect Harmony.”
Once there, all members of the assembly
were invited to personally examine or learn
more about the products and services that
will carry flexo forward as they traversed the
aisles of FTA’s INFO*FLEX Exhibition. The
trade floor was filled to capacity every hour it
Forum delegates and INFO*FLEX only
attendees seized the opportunity to “Imagine
Tomorrow, Today.” Conversations addressed
challenges, served to identify solutions and
left all feeling confident in flexography’s
value and viability. Talk about motivating!
Few things beat sharing the same vision and
setting out to achieve it.
Full proceedings are synopsized in this
issue—both in text and photos. The recap
stretches over more than 10 pages. That says a
lot about FTA’s influence, stature and pivotal
role in the packaging world.
Lucky for us, in just nine months, we get to
do it all again. See you in Fort Worth, TX
techniques; “Harder, better, faster, stronger,” to
quote Daft Punk (who, much like that Bombay
Sapphire box, also light up when touched).
Flexography is caught in a fortuitous cycle
right now, where its dominance brings more
printers and suppliers into the fold, which
begets further advancement and iteration
that only continue said dominance. And
while it certainly helps that the “F” in “FTA”
doesn’t stand for “Fletterpress,” Forum and
INFO*FLEX have created a fortuitous cycle
of their own.
Each year, more flexographers come to both
events than the year prior. The sessions
offered at Forum take what’s worked in the
past, discard what didn’t and introduce new
ideas into the mix, resulting in presentations
in proven formats that challenge attendees
to expand their horizons. After Monday and
Tuesday morning sessions, that ever swelling
pool of attendees heads to INFO*FLEX, to
get a hands on look at much of what was just
discussed, find practical applications and
reliable companies to assist with integration.
Attendees return home smarter and more ca-
pable, and they tell colleagues as much. That
means not only do they come back next year,
but so do their coworkers and associates, and
so do more companies looking to capture
And on, and on, and on and on.
Will there be 3,000 attendees someday?
Five thousand? Ten? Eventually, the biggest
obstacle may be a venue that can accommo-
date everyone—not the worst problem to
have. FTA works tirelessly every year to make
Forum and INFO*FLEX better than ever, and
success only makes staff push harder, to keep
that cycle going. I see no reason why that will
stop, even in the next 136 years.
FTA Board of Directors
FFTA Board of Trustees
FFTA Chairman of the Board
FTA Chairman of the Board
Polymount U.S., LLC
Howard B. Vreel and, Jr.
FFTA Chair Elect
Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.
Lon Robinson III
Immediate Past FTA Chairman of the Board
Dan D oherty
Prairie State Group
FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluation
FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships
Farnell Packaging Ltd.
FTA Vice Chair, Education/CPC
FTA Vice Chair, Suppliers
FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations
FTA Vice Chair, Printer/Converter
Coveris High Performance Packaging
Flexographic Technical Association
Master Packaging Inc.
Harper Corporation of America
Mark Andy Inc.
FLEXO Magazine Editorial
DuPont Packaging Graphics
All Printing Resources, Inc.
Staples Print Solutions
Color Resolutions International
C-P Flexible Packaging
Encore Washington Ltd.
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