Home' FLEXO Magazine : June 2015 Contents vancements have mitigated the issue. Colored substrates also present
challenges, necessitating custom color characterization.
The final speaker at Forum 2015 was Chuck Buscaglia, also from
Berry Plastics Corp. with a presentation titled “Putting The ‘Flex’
in Flexographic.” “When I say flex,” he explained to the audience,
“think flexibility.” A key way a printer can be flexible is by having a
solid understanding of its ink system. That includes how it performs
on varying substrates, its limitations and when to get ink suppliers
involved in decision making. “It’s crucial you understand how your
press prints,” Buscaglia told listeners.
Referring to Somers’ discussion of using digital alongside flexo, Coveris’
Steve Dam said, “I enjoyed listening to a company that has made efforts
in following a new technology and finding its niche in the market.”
The law of large numbers states that as an entity gets larger, its growth
rate will eventually plateau, making sustained growth next to impos-
sible. While INFO*FLEX would technically only have to add a single
exhibitor or booth space each year to qualify as “growing,” the event
instead seeks to break that law time and time again.
And 2015’s installment was no exception:
• Attendees, at almost 2,000, were up 5 percent
• Booth spaces, at 280, were up 7 percent
• Total show time, at nine hours, was up 13 percent
“INFO*FLEX 2015 lived up to its expectations as the only game in
town,” said FTA’s Director of Membership & Business Development
Jay Kaible. “It had every segment—label was there. Flexible packaging
was there. Corrugated/folding carton was there. Converting ma-
chinery was there. Complementary multiprocess print technologies
were there. There’s no other show like it. People know it’s the package
printing event they have to attend.”
Nashville’s Music City Center provided an ideal setting, with wide
aisles and an inviting environment. From the moment the doors
opened at 1:30 p.m . Monday, every square inch of the show floor
was crowded. Booths were filled with lively chatter, discussing new
developments and technologies, brainstorming implementation sce-
narios, discovering potential synergies and partnerships, and boosting
Rolodex entries and leads to follow up on back at the office.
Exhibitors heaped praise on the larger event, venue, attendees and
• “More decision makers walking the show versus last year”
• “The best of flexo was in attendance”
• “People that attended were interested participants, not just ‘kick-
ing the tires,’ so to speak”
• “The organization promotes an open exchange of ideas within the
industry. That feeling of cooperation was evident at the show”
• “High volume of traffic on both days up until the very end”
Narrow web and wide web printers had a lot to see, with 75 percent and
80 percent, respectively, of exhibitors delivering solutions that catered
to their needs. Press manufacturers, prepress providers, inspection
systems, anilox rolls, inks, doctor blades, instruments and more were
all accounted for, enabling the printers in attendance to evaluate every
part of their workflow, gauge available products and technologies, and
ensure they returned to their pressrooms with the best equipment.
Plate related announcements were made by several INFO*FLEX
mainstays, including Esko, DuPont, MacDermid and Flint Group.
Ten companies gave presentations outlining their newest products
and services at the Solutions Theater. The 10 minute briefings gave lis-
teners a chance to dive into some of the offerings being announced at
INFO*FLEX—if they could get a seat, as the Theater regularly turned
into a standing room only affair. An unannounced presentation by
FTA Hall of Famer Mark Mazur led to a line that nearly stretched to
the nearest drink bar, just to get within earshot of what the flexogra-
phy legend had to say.
Companies who were a part of the most successful Solutions Theater
• Flint Group
• Xeikon America, Inc.
• Sun Chemical Corp.
• MacDermid Printing Solutions
• Asahi Kasei E-materials Corp.
Already deep into planning, INFO*FLEX 2016 is set for March 7-8 at
the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX. If there was any
need for further proof of the just concluded INFO*FLEX’s overwhelm-
ing success, 205 booths have already been reserved for 2016—10 per-
cent more than were claimed in the days following last year’s event. n
FTA COMES TO COWTOWN
It’s only June, but with an accelerated schedule for Forum and
INFO*FLEX 2016, next year’s events are
already well into the planning phase. Forum
and INFO*FLEX 2016 are heading to “Where
the West begins,” in Fort Worth, TX. Forum
2016 takes place from March 6-9 at the Omni
Fort Worth Hotel, with INFO*FLEX 2016
sandwiched in the middle from March 7-8 at
the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Forum 2015 cochair Jennye Scott, from Berry
Plastics Corp., returns to put her newfound
knowledge and experience to use, along with
first time cochair and 2014 President’s Award recipient Paul
Teachout, from Nilpeter.
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