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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
FTA TODAY Kathy Kiernan of Affi liated Power Purchasers International speaks about reducing energy footprints. All photos by Jeff Adrian. Sustainable Meeting NEHS ’09 Draws Strong Crowd, Delivers Strong Content By Doreen M. Monteleone, Ph.D. sustainable. Held at the Sheraton City Centre in Indianapolis, IN, NEHS was attended by 140 people eager to learn how they can align themselves with the demands of their customers and validate their sustainability accomplishments. This was the 14th year it was held. As always, the event was a collaborative eff ort of the Flexographic Technical Association, Printing Industries of America, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association and National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers. Because of the recent, intense sustainability demands on the I printing industry, there were a number of fi rst-time attendees. “This was my fi rst year attending and I came because I need to educate myself more on where we as an industry are going with sustainability,” stated Jay Downey, research and development engineer, C&H Packaging. “I attended because of the opportunity to learn more about and promote sustainable green printing,” added Scott Hammer, technical director, C-P Flexible Packaging. Robb Frimming, print services director, Schawk Inc., spoke similarly: “I was specifi cally interested in the sustainability aspect of the conference. My goal was to better understand the SGP criteria and see how or if we can tie in aspects of process control and print quality auditing into our locations’ sustainability goals.” The four pre-conference workshops were well attended and covered the topics: Sustainability Management Systems, How to Meet the SGP EHS Compliance Criteria, Metrics and Workplace Investigations/Electronic Theft. “The pre-conference workshop on SMSs was exactly what I needed to understand that portion 52 FLEXO MAY 2009 f you didn’t attend the 2009 National Environmental, Health and Safety Conference (NEHS), you missed the only event specifi cally focusing on how printers can become more of becoming a certifi ed SGP Printer,” commented Lori Ashford, quality and CPI team lead, Robbie Manufacturing Inc. The main event began with keynotes by Bill Esler, Graphic Arts Monthly and Robert C. Tapella, U.S. Government Printing Offi ce (GPO). Esler spoke about how the sustainability has become more of a priority for businesses in the past year. Tapella summarized how the GPO has integrated sustainability into its $1.1 billion operation (see FLEXO March page 61). The annual Resource Safari, although held at 7:00 a.m., drew a large crowd. Exhibitors had an opportunity to take turns to speak about their products and services. “This was excellent. I think that this is a great way to get to know the companies and the products they off er. I have been to many conferences and this was the fi rst time I experienced this. I would love to see this at FTA conferences, even though the number of booths would make it diffi cult,” stated Frimming. A new feature for 2009 was Conversations with Your Customers. Allen Marquardt of Kimberly Clark and Martine Padilla of Toyota revealed what their companies are looking for when securing a sustainable green printer to print their products. “It was great to hear from two well respected, very large companies and what they are looking for in a printer—that there is so much more to it than price!” commented Michelle Donohue, Global Packaging, a newly certifi ed SGP Printer and the fi rst FTA member to offi cially attain the title. “I found the session informative. It was nice to get perspective from the buyers’ point of view, and interesting to hear what some of the ‘deal breakers’ in doing business with their companies were, commented Frimming. It was big moment for all those who have worked toward the development of the Sustainable www. f le xography. org