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FLEXO Magazine : February 2009
VI :I III Z Z o - = - u o VI VI III( - FTA TODAY I 85 Percent Sold! FFTA's 2009 INFO*FLEX Exhibition will be the largest printing and in -line converting event of the year in the U.S. Already the exhibition, slated for May 4-5 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, is 85 percent sold. More than 150 companies, occupying 187 booth spaces have already signed up to display their most recent product innovations and service offerings to the expected international audience of 1600+ attendees. Jay Kaible, FTA's director of bus i- ness development noted, "Every year INFO*FLEX brings new energy and in- tensity to the package printing and con- verting industry. This year is especially important because INFO*FLEX will be the single most comprehensive package printing event in North America." Kaible went on to say, "INFO*FLEX's 27-year history stands as a testament to its reputation of being a solid invest- ment in any economic climate. Now, more than ever, companies are focused on making sure they get a good return on investment and INFO*FLEX enables exhibitors to do just that. INFO*FLEX exhibitors can raise their profIle, develop new contacts and make sales at a fraction of the cost of traditional industry events." See pages 10-17 for FFTA's Forum Pre- show Planner, including an exclusive interview with the Forum chairs. TEST: Education Spotlights at 2009 FFTA Forum Education is integral to the future of the industry-and a central part of FFTA's 2009 Forum, themed, "Navigating the Future of Flexo: Innovate. Educate. Communicate." As such, TEST (Technical Education Services Team) will highlight its dedication to flexographic education by introducing three new components to the FFTA Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition in Orlando, FL, May 2-6, 2009. FLEXO FEBRUARY I The fIrst component will begin with the 2nd Annual Phoenix Challenge College Competition on Saturday, May 2. This problem-solving competition for post sec- ondary competitors challenges students to present solutions for a common flexo- graphic industry problem for judging. The second component is the TEST Education Pavilion that will be located within INFO*FLEX (May 3 and 4) and will host the TEST Educational Institutional Booth of the Year Competition (Sponsored by Ron and Katherine Harper). TEST's goal is to highlight institutions offering courses of study in flexography through- out North America. The Booth of the Year Competition asks institutions to provide the following information for display: . Phoenix Challenge project exhibit suitable for display in a booth setting (required for those schools who have participated) · Student project samples, awards, etc. · Institutional profIle · Detailed information about the flexographic printing program · Student testimonials · Program placement and alumni information The fInal component is a social event, hosted by TEST and the Phoenix Challenge Foundation, on Monday eve- ning (May 4). Winners of both the TEST Educational Institution Booth of the Year and the Phoenix Challenge will be an- nounced during this event. This social event will provide excellent opportunities to meet the next generation of flexogra- phers and their mentors. TEST is excited to provide this op- portunity to highlight the importance of education in ensuring the future success of our industry. Keynote Speakers Announced for 2009 NEHS Conference The 2009 National Environmental, Health and Safety (NEHS) Conference boasts two impressive keynote speakers for this year's event-chief executive of- fIcer of U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) Robert C. Tapella and editor-in- chief of Graphic Arts Monthly Bill Esler. Flexographic Technical Associaton (FTA) is co-sponsoring the conference, 2009 www.flexography.org March 16-18, 2009, at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre in Indianapolis, IN. This is the only conference that ad- dresses sustainability, environmental, health, safety, and HR issues for the print- ing industry across all platforms. Robert Tapella will discuss what the GPO is doing to promote sustainability. He will also talk about how the graphic communications industry can take active part in the nation's efforts to become a "greener" country. Bill Esler will review the second annual sustainability survey results. Last year, the results of the fIrst sustainability survey showed only 14 percent of printing and packaging com- panies had a formal sustainability policy. This year, Esler will examine to what extent the attitudes and activities of print- ing and packaging companies shifted in the last 12 months. For more information about the 2009 NEHS Conference, visit www.nehscon- ference.org or contact Jeanette Tuttle- Hamer a 800-910-4283, ext. 712. Global Guru to Keynote FFTA 2009 Forum Jeffrey Rosensweig, PhD, world-renowned economist and director of the Global Perspectives Program at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University will tell flexographers exactly how to survive and thrive in today's economy when he takes the stage to present his keynote ad- dress on Sunday, May 3 at FFTA's 2009 Forum. The event will be the largest gathering of package printing/converting professionals in North America in 2009, and will take place at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, May 3-6. Rosensweig's keynote address, titled, "Flexography: Surviving and Thriving in the Volatile Global Economy," will kick-off the conference by portraying the big pic- ture: the challenging environment we face today, and comprising relevant trends in
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