Home' FLEXO Magazine : December 2015 Contents as do some of the international alliances
addressed in the pages of this issue.
IDENTITY & IDEALS
We are more than a collection of printers/
converters, premedia service providers, man-
ufacturers, distributors, consumer product
companies, educators, students, affiliated
associations and specialized services agents;
we are flexographers! That means facilitators,
forecasters and at times functional process
engineers. We automate practices, author
standards, design technological break-
throughs, and enhance skills and practices at
Several features on the non directory pages
of this edition highlight work of that nature.
Specifically, the briefings on Flexo Qual-
ity Consortium (FQC) research projects
(pages 14 and 50), depict member efforts
in the realm of high resolution printing,
color data exchange, spectral measurement,
process control, spot color and everything
The Fall Conference recap (page 34) points to
heavy interest in, and commitment to, those
same ideals. Furthermore, FLEXO’s “Year in
Review,” (page 20), recaps where we’ve been
and how we got there.
Finally, in looking ahead, our Forum/IN-
FO*FLEX 2016 Pre Show Planner (pages
39-56, embraces the theme and recognizes
the “Power of the Past, Force of the Future.” It
hints at everyone involved in FTA’s dedica-
tion to raising the bar, bettering flexography’s
performance on a daily basis, eliminating
variables, driving waste out of the process
and ever improving the quality, consistency
and repeatability of the printed product.
canal for a few months. I wrote in last year’s
SourceBook that waiting to make a resolution
is, essentially, procrastinating. But taking
stock of your ups and downs is different, in
that there’s not necessarily a need to change,
but a need to remember. December, with its
abundance of nostalgia, is certainly an apt
time to do that, and the takeaways can often
At Forum and INFO*FLEX, I had numerous
people come up to me and say they appre-
ciated FLEXO. Remembering that now—in
the thick of this 172 page monster of an issue,
with next year’s event’s only a few months
away—reminds me that all the hard work
pays off where it matters most. People read
this thing, they make use of its information
and they become ever so slightly better at
their jobs. That’s worth remembering.
Twelve months ago, I also wrote I would
propose to my girlfriend this year. That
happened in October, and looking back on
that journey—the innumerable lies I told
when I said I was at work but was actually at
a jeweler in Manhattan, or the feeling of be-
ing told by USPS the box with my diamond
is missing, or standing on the precipice of
vomiting as I knelt down and reached into
my pocket—reminds me that I’m a very lucky
(and very broke) guy.
As 2015 winds down and you hopefully
get the chance to set your email to “out of
office,” or your drunk uncle is rambling on
about who should be elected next year and
your mind starts to wander, take a minute
to chronicle your professional and personal
achievements. It’s the only list worth anything
once we flip the calendar over to a new year.
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.
Mark Andy Inc.
FLEXO Magazine Editorial
DuPont Packaging Graphics
All Printing Resources, Inc.
Staples Print Solutions
American Inks and Coatings
MacDermid Printing Solutions
C-P Flexible Packaging
Encore Washington Ltd.
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