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FLEXO Magazine : June 2009
FTA TODAY Getting Ahead, Staying Ahead Rave Reviews for INFO*FLEX 2009 etworking and maintaining business relationships— that was the call at the INFO*FLEX Exhibition, May 4-5. Student, printer/converter, prepress provider and supplier alike—as well as several CPCs—walked the aisles and manned booths on the nearly sold out show fl oor. They navigated the future toward the fi rst-ever Education Pavilion (see page 54), which touted the wares of more than a dozen major fl exo printing/converting colleges. They were part of the 160 companies in total represented at INFO*FLEX. And they continued their education at the Presentation Theater, which featured eight presentations daily. In a survey of exhibitors, 11.9 percent called the quality of attendees “excellent”, while another 38.1 declared it to be “good.” More than 70 percent insisted the quality of sales leads was positive, with 27.5 percent saying it was “good” or “excellent.” In fact, a total of nearly 80 percent claimed to have met new business prospects on the show fl oor, while more than 90 percent contentedly stated they were able to connect with existing customers. “The Forum is not only a good place to prospect new customers but a great place to meet co-suppliers and keep informed on the pulse of the industry,” proclaimed Michelle Talko, BTG America. Jim Wright of Erhardt+Leimer Ltd. said, “This was an excellent opportunity to make others in the fl exo industry aware of the many schools that are providing training for tomorrow’s workforce. It is also an excellent opportunity for students to meet many industry representatives and develop contacts.” N Michael Stell of Johnson Matthey Catalysts said INFO*FLEX is “the right length (two half-days) and at the right time. Don’t change a thing!” Harper Corporation of 52 FLEXO JUNE 2009 America’s Pete Hartman added, “It was well organized and the FTA staff was cordial and helpful as always.” Bhaskar Gaddam of University of Wisconsin-Stout noted, “The Educational Pavilion was an excellent idea. I and my students enjoyed meeting industry people.” “INFO*FLEX is the only fl exo only show available to fl exo printers and suppliers. If your interest is fl exo, you can be sure that everyone in the hall is also focused on fl exo,” concluded Mike Impastato, Flint Group. ■ Sleeve Technology Update: Achieving Sustainable Print Results from Today’s Sleeves 3M Flexographic Plate Mounting Tapes: The Full Gamut Case Study: Transitioning From an Analog Flexo Platemaking System to CTP and Water-Wash Flexo Plates Optimizing Prepress Productivity, Quality & Cost in Challenging Economic Times G7 Review Defending Your Customers’ Brand Flexcel NX - Innovation That Delivers Speed Up the Presses! FTA INFO*FLEX Presentation Theater Schedule ARC International 3M Co. Anderson & Vreeland Inc. DuPont Imaging Technologies All Printing Resources Inc. Sun Chemical Corp. Eastman Kodak Co. MacDermid Printing Solutions www. f le xography. org
Sustainable Spring 2009