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Reflecting back on Forum and INFO*FLEX
2016, the program amply brought the theme
"Power of the Past, Force of the Future"
to life. It offered a global perspective on
flexography and the people with a passion
for the process. What was really worthy of
notice and appreciation? Many, many people
commented on the number of new faces in
the crowd. They noted that new talent breeds
new ideas, fresh commitments and a thirst
for information to drive a newly minted spirit
Counted among favorite topics of both
veterans and rookies alike: "Game changers,"
"new tools," "complementary technologies,"
"standards and optimization" and, of course,
"understanding customers FIRST."
Among the words of encouragement being
offered: "Add capacity." "Grow sales." "Invest
in new technology." "Take the best of all
applications and combine them." "Intro-
duce new to the old." Such calls to action,
while obvious, delivered from the Forum
and INFO*FLEX platform, are nonetheless
inspiring. So, "Put more ink on paper, film,
board..." "Win and attract new business."
"Standardize solutions." "Print to the num-
bers!" "Color manage the press to multiple
With Fort Worth's event a vivid memory
and its agenda etched in the annals of FTA
history, Phoenix is calling. See you there next
The end of our work means the start of yours.
In layman's terms, Forum covered a lot; in
Emerging Leaders terms, it covered, like, ev-
erything. Now it's up to you to put it all to use.
Forum covered evolving CPC expectations:
the nimbleness and adherence to standards
they demand from their print partners. It
covered modern prepress tools: how to match
colors, measurement types and software to
make life easier (and repeatable).
It covered new technologies whose impact
are already beginning to be felt in every seg-
ment. It covered digital's place in this indus-
try, not with theoreticals but with case studies
and anecdotes from two living, breathing
flexographers who have already been run-
ning it with their flexo jobs for years.
It covered consumer preferences and pre-
vailing trends in markets on the other side of
the planet---yes, there are countries besides
the U.S. that need packaging and no, the only
difference between them is not the metric
There are three possible scenarios Forum
attendees will find themselves in now. If you
heard the presentations and thought, "We
need to get on that," you have a lot of hard
work ahead, and you should work fast, be-
cause your competition will. If you heard the
presentations and thought, "We already do
that," then you need to figure out how to stay
ahead, because your competition is about to
catch up. (If you didn't hear the presentations,
I suggest you turn to the event recap starting
on page 14, because you have a lot of reading
Get to work!
FTA Board of Directors
FFTA Board of Trustees
FTA Chairman of the Board
Polymount U.S., LLC
Howard B. Vreeland, Jr.
FFTA Chairman of the Board
Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.
FTA Chair Elect
Mark Andy Inc.
FFTA Chair Elect
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.
Accredo Packaging, Inc.
Smyth Companies, LLC
FLEXO Magazine Editorial
DuPont Packaging Graphics
All Printing Resources, Inc.
Staples Print Solutions
American Inks and Coatings
MacDermid Graphic Solutions
C-P Flexible Packaging
Encore Washington Ltd.
If you want to feel good about print production
for packaging, there is no better place than
Forum and INFO*FLEX."
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