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FFTA Board of Trustees
Howard B. Vreel and, Jr.
FFTA Board Chair
Anderson & Vreeland, Inc.
FTA Board Chair
Mark Andy, Inc.
FFTA Board Chair-Elect
FTA Board Chair-Elect
Accredo Packaging, Inc.
FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluations
FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships
Master Packaging Inc.
FTA Vice Chair, CPC/Education
FTA Vice Chair, Suppliers
FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations
FTA Vice Chair, Printers/Converters
Best Label Company, Inc.
Flexographic Technical Association
Smyth Companies LLC
Great Northern Corp.
FLEXO Magazine Editorial
DuPont Advanced Printing
All Printing Resources, Inc.
E.C. Shaw Co.
C-P Flexible Packaging
Encore Washington Ltd.
capital expenditure budgets, utilization
of printing sleeves, and now, this month,
maximizing value from doctor blades and
specifying anilox rolls.
These are the topics we could not have re-
ported on—in the manner we did—without
your help. For that, we’re extremely grateful.
Please, continue to answer our prompts—at
FLEXO, we call them Flash Polls—and keep
the comments coming. Help us to grow the
base of opinions gathered. So has been the
case thus far; results presented prove credible
People have taken notice:
• Reports on the original research get
heavy traffic at www.flexography.org
• Findings have been utilized in FTA
Forum presentations and referenced by
FTA staff at other industry events
• International organizations have
expressed interest in synopsizing FTA
member thoughts, when and where
relevant to their own marketplaces
• FLEXO’s pages have been earmarked for
ready reference and review
What that says to you, the members of FTA’s
printer base, is, “Thank you. Your insights are
appreciated.” You’ve verified time and again
the proclamation, “Flexography is thriv-
ing!” Information you’ve provided in your
own voices is inspiring. What you say holds
merit because it attests to what is actually
happening. No one can speak with authority
and offer analysis quite like you. Wisdom,
gleaned from the thoughts you’ve shared,
breed excitement and enthusiasm throughout
Keep up the good work!
still be able to read about taco night, condom
wrappers and the foibles of we Millennials
in this column—as it did adding them. Spe-
cifically, focusing on how all FTA’s content
can live and grow and do more in an online
One of the biggest transitions printed pub-
lications have had to make in the Internet
age has been figuring out how content looks
in different places—finalized on a printed
page, updating as part of an ever-changing
website, distilled into less than 140 charac-
ters, packaged with similar material to create
something altogether new. FLEXO publishes,
on average, a dozen articles per issue. That
means each year there are well over 100
opportunities to do new things with just the
content the magazine is already pumping out,
to say nothing of the other myriad resources
A prime example of this: The pair of FLEXO
Flash Polls in this issue contain charts and
graphs which are interactive when viewed
online. They can easily be shared via social
media or embedded on your own website,
and because the limitations of printed pages
do not exist, there is room for additional
Articles can be longer or they can be shorter.
They can have dozens of images and even
videos. They can be immediately tweeted or
shared anywhere. The freedom afforded by
the new FTA website makes all of this possi-
ble, and in the coming months, you will see
how we make use of it. Yes, you, my favorite
FTA member of them all.
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