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still right on
it’s finally time
for Forum and
sessions, networking opportunities, and a
glimpse at flexography’s future and the role
you can play await.
Although it occupies a small portion of the
four days, FLEXO’s March issue is devoted
to the honorees announced at Sunday
night’s Awards Banquet. There, the name
of each medal winning printer is read. The
inductee to the FTA Flexo Hall of Fame is
revealed. The Technical Innovation Award
and Sustainability Excellence Award are
bestowed. The President’s Award is given
out. Scholarships are awarded. It is a room
filled with flexographers, acknowledging
the work of other flexographers.
Occupying roughly half of the pages inside
this issue, the Excellence in Flexography
Awards are a snapshot of what it means
to be competitively printing packaging
in 2016. Unrivaled image sharpness,
stratospheric linescreens and exemplary
execution are commonplace. Did your shop
win? Did your competition? Turn to the
coverage starting on page 46 to find out.
MARCH 2016 VOLUME 41, NO. 3
20 FQC/SWG Updates
Jean Engelke & Dr. Danny Rich
A preview of what the groups will do at Forum, as well as their ongo-
22 Flexography’s American Idol
A Phoenix Challenge alumnus credits the competition with helping her
find her career path and current job.
25 FLEXO Flashback: Forum
Examining the magazine’s relationship with FTA’s annual event.
28 President’s Award
For his work leading the formation of FTA Europe and vision of a
stronger, unified European flexographic industry, Sante Conselvan is
the recipient of this year’s award.
30 Better & Balanced FTA
One of the staunchest supporters of flexography around,
and long the leader of its Association, Mark Cisternino joins the FTA
Flexo Hall of Fame.
46 What a Time to Be Alive
The 110 winners in this year’s Excellence in Flexography Awards are a
testament to the printing format’s power and capabilities.
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES
38 ITR Evolution
As OEC Graphics’ Seamex turns 25, a look back at the ITR sleeve’s
history in North America.
16 Publisher’s Ink
16 Central Impressions
18 SourceBook Addendum
42 Members & Maneuvers
130 Ad Index
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