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FLEXO Magazine : January 2009
FTA TODAY On the Road to SGP Certification Four Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) printer members are well on their way to certification by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership: ?? Global Packaging, Oaks, PA—SGP Printer (Pending Verification) ??Coating Excellence International, Wrightstown, WI—Candidate Pending Verification (CPV) ??Robbie Manufacturing, Inc., Lenexa, KS—CPV ??C & H Packaging,Merrill, WI—CPV SGP Printers must establish a sustain- ability team; implement a management system; use SGP program metrics; take specific steps to reduce the facility’s en- vironmental footprint; implement pol- lution prevention activities; and commit to fundamental social and ethical norms. SGP Printers Pending Verification are on a fast track to complete the audit process. Certified printers are given a number and logo for use on their printed products to indicate it was “Printed by a SGP Printer.” To maintain SGP Printer status a facility must provide an annual report document- ing progress of previously approved proj- ects. Certification is valid for two years. CPV is an optional, provisional catego- ry. It allows facilities not yet eligible for full SGP Printer recognition 12-months to further develop their in-house programs to meet the SGP program registration criteria. CPV applicants must comply with all applicable environmental, health, safety and employment regulations; ad- here to the SGP Guiding Principles, and implement a sustainability policy. CPVs cannot use the SGP logo, but are recog- nized for their accomplishments on the SGP Partnership website. Global Packaging, Coating Excellence International,C & H Packaging and Robbie Manufacturing, Inc. join the ranks of 32 printers currently recognized by the SGP Partnership for their sustainability accomplishments. The SGP Partnership is an indepen- dent, registration organization formed as a collaborative effort among the 8 FLEXO JANUARY Flexographic Technical Association, Printing Industries of America, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association and National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers, with the primary goals of defining sustainable green printing and recognizing facilities meeting established sustainable manufacturing and business practices. Additional support has been provided by the Envelope Manufacturers Association and, Foil Stamping & Embossing Association. Printing facili- ties located in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply for recognition with the SGP Partnership. Conference will feature Tuesday with Toyota—a tour of Toyota’s 7.5 million sq.ft. plant in Georgetown, KY. There at- tendees will see the most mature imple- mentation of the Toyota Production System (TPS) outside of Japan (from which the Lean philosophy was derived). INFO*FLEX: The Largest Package Printing/ Converting Event of 2009! FTA, Printing Industries of America: April = Continuous Improvement FTA, Printing Industries of America and the Association for Graphic Arts Training will continue their longstanding partner- ship in production of the Continuous Improvement (CI) conference, slated for April 5-8, 2009, in Lexington, KY. Robert M. Williamson, an internation- ally known educator, consultant, and author of books including Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Lean Equipment Management, has been named keynote speaker. He will share keen insights based upon what he has learned from his 16- year study of NASCAR race teams and pit crews. His 38 years of experience in over 400 plants and numerous converting and printing facilities will provide a real-world application of his “10 key points of race team competitiveness.” Williamson prom- ises to discuss how capital-intensive busi- nesses struggle with keeping their entire organization focused on the same goals while retaining their ability to change again and again in their race to success. In addition to this keynote session, the 2009 Continuous Improvement 2009 www. f le xography. org Four months until show time and the 2009 INFO*FLEX Exhibition is shaping up to be the largest package printing/co- verting event of the year. More than 132 companies have contracted for 165 booth spaces. Their representatives plan to be on hand in Lake Buena Vista, FL,May 3-6, to display their most recent prod- uct innovations and service offerings to nearly 2,000 package printing profession- als in attendance. The 2009 event, set to take place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, marks the 27th consecutive year that the exhibition has been held—and that’s a testament to its success! To learn more or reserve exhibit space contact FTA at 631-737-6020. FFTA, WMU Set Seminar Schedule Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association and Western Michigan University will collaborate in staging three separate co-sponsored techni- cal and educational seminars in 2009. The events, all themed “Mastering Flexographic Principles,” will take place on the school’s Kalamazoo, MI campus. They represent the first in what is expect- ed to be a series of FFTA co-sponsored seminars with educational partners, to be set for 2009. Dates for the WMU- based courses are: Feb. 18-19,May 20-21 and Aug. 12-13. Attendees will have the opportunity to take the FFTA Level I as- sessment exam upon completion of the progrm. The two-day seminars will offer both classroom instruction and hands-on press training. Lectures will be given by WMU’s ASSOCIATION NEWS
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