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FLEXO Magazine : November 2008
FTA TODAY Associations Host SGP Webinar Eager to gain more information about how to become recog- nized as a Sustainable Green Printer, an estimated 120 people participated in the Webinar “Green and Sustainable Printing: Your Roadmap to SGP Recognition.” The 90-minute event, held on Oct. 2, was hosted by the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/ GATF), Specialty Graphic Imaging Association and National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM). No less than 50 of the attendees represent- ed FTA-member companies. Presenters, including Doreen Monteleone, FTA director of special projects and EHS services, covered not only the purpose and scope of the program, but details that printers need to know to apply for rec- ognition, including the requirements, audit process, timeline, fees and online application process. The SGP Partnership began taking applications for recognition on Aug. 28, 2008. All print processes in the United States and Canada are eligible to apply as either a Candidate Pending Verification (CPV) or SGP Printer. A CPV is a provisional status for those facili- ties that have begun a sustainability program, but do not yet meet the full criteria for SGP Printer recogni- tion. CPV printers have one year to apply for SGP sta- tus. A printer can bypass CPV status and apply directly as a SGP Printer. Those facilities must meet additional criteria and be verified by an independent auditor. The program is new to the industry, so the presen- tations generated many questions from the listeners. A number of inquiries focused on the audit process and the cost for the audit. Typically, the onsite audit takes a full day. There is pre-audit preparation, includ- ing providing documentation of compliance status. An independent auditor will visit with the facility’s sustain- ability committee and other staff while on site, as well as go on a tour of the facility. Afterward, the auditor will recommend a positive verification or provide a list of corrective actions with a timeframe for remedia- tion. The cost for a full day audit is $3,000. However, members of partner associations—such as FTA—pay a reduced rate of $1,500. Participants also asked for more detail about the crite- ria including what types of goals need to be set to show ongoing progress. The SGP Partnership requires goals be set in at least one area of the facility: the product, process or envelope. The product includes the design aspects and input material management to create the product. The process includes all the manufacturing steps (pre- press, press and postpress) involved with converting raw materials into a finished product, including process by- products that have an environmental, health and safety impact. And, the envelope includes all the manufacturing support activities—the building, grounds, utilities, em- ployees, and other functions at an individual site. A goal, for example, could be setting targets to improve paper 8 F LEXO NOVEMB E R 20 0 8 recycling in the front office, reducing the amount of water use in the rest rooms or reducing the amount of solvent used. To learn more about the SGP Partnership and how to be recog- nized, visit the website www.sgppartnership.org or contact info@ sgppartnership.org. A Letter From FTA’s Corrugated Council Leader Dear Corrugated FTA Member, In 2005, the FTA embarked on one of its most important programs in its history, the Strategic Planning Initiative (SPI). The goal of SPI was, through the direction of its members, to transform the FTA into a more meaningful, useful, and responsive organization to the flexo printing in- dustry. In order to do this, FTA Leadership Councils, one for each of the main disciplines within the membership ranks, including a Corrugated Leadership Council, were developed to provide direction for the organi- zation through recommendations to the Board of Directors and to work on specific objectives to address the needs of members in all areas of flexography. The SPI’s original goal was to develop a methodology by which mean- ingful and beneficial change could be made. SPI had a very simple focus, which was to answer a few questions: ?What is most relevant to our members? ? ??What are we doing that no longer fits members’ needs? ??What do we need to do to satisfy membership? Responses were identified by the Leadership Councils and have led to new initiatives being implemented by the councils, various working committees and FTA staff. As we move forward to regain the momentum in this important ven- ture, we ask our current corrugated members to join our journey and look for ways to recruit new members. Your help is needed to ensure the continued success of the FTA and also give a stronger voice for the cor- rugated and preprinted linerboard industry segments. For many years, our industries have not had a very strong voice in FTA and, at times, FTA was not considered by our peers as a viable as- sociation to join. But things have changed and we now have numerous members on a multitude of different committees, as well as representa- tion on the Board of Directors. This representation is the key to devel- oping training methods, educational formats, articles in periodicals such as FLEXO Magazine and others. But, we need your help to give us your ideas, your thoughts and also some of your time. If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact myself or the FTA office (631-737-6020). Our council currently has a monthly conference call on the last Tuesday of each month at approxi- mately 10:00 am CST. I try to keep these calls to no more than one hour as I know everyone is very busy. I hope that we hear from you and join us in making our industry seg- ments as strong as ever in the FTA! Sincerely, David J. Nunez, SPI Corrugated Council Leader International Paper—Cedarburg Division E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g ASSOCIATION NEWS