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FLEXO Magazine : Dec 09
6 FLEXO DECEMBER 2009 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY Signs of Success... Ambitious objectives---I've always associated them with a new year, a new decade, a new opportunity; in essence, a new beginning, a.k.a. a fresh start. With the dawn of 2010 just days away, plans have been developed, strategies have been formulated and goals are in place. Implementation is set to begin. The agenda is assembled. Actions are signed off on. What lies ahead? You have only to glance at FLEXO's editorial calendar to get a sense for where we stand; as an industry, as a technical society, and as a magazine that serves as the voice of the two. The question of the hour on Day One: With the recession report- edly behind us, when will the economic recovery take hold and how soon will we feel its affect? Will, in fact, that impact be dramatic? Issue No. 1---January---will be filled with all available data, demographics, market share and business segment specific forecasts that point to the likely answer, while painting a portrait of what the experts say is apt to transpire. Here's a taste: • New product introductions are pending. Word is that orders are up. • Innovation is promised. • Minimal growth is expected in some areas; moderate in others. • Confidence levels are strengthening, rather than waning. • Investments are being made, signaling capital is available. • Sustainability, globalization, regulatory activities, retailers' resolutions and offshore manufacturing will count among the driving forces destined to shape flexography 's future. OPTIMISTIC MINDSET As signs and signals go, those are definitely positive. They allude to establish- ment of a more business friendly operating environment and hint that more and more good news is coming. I, for one, wouldn't want to start the new year, as well as the new decade, in a less than highly optimistic frame of mind. This industry is continuing to pursue growth; plus, it's focusing on obtaining the necessary training, education and even operator certification. Flexographic Technical Association members are taking measurements, per- forming characterizations, printing by the numbers, enhancing quality and consis- tency and driving variables out of the process. They 're living by Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances and they 're encouraging others to follow their lead in embracing FIRST. FTA's Training and Education Services Team's Virtual campus is proving instrumental in delivering the essential step-by-step instructions and skills enhancement modules that allow printers and converters to marry FIRST to their production floor. Productivity is on the rise. Streamlined proce- dures have maximized efficiencies. Better profits are being forecast. FLEXO is committed to making similar inroads and rising to the challenge of assisting printers/converters in their pursuits. Key elements of our 2010 program target the development of an On Press Troubleshooting Guide, set for June; plus the publication of an Anilox and Doctor Blade Selection Guide in August. We'll see the reintroduction of a Mid Year Market Intelligence Report in 2010, as well as signifi- cant expansion of FTA's Technical Innovation Awards coverage. That's not to diminish the importance of our traditional offerings; namely Febru- ary 's Forum /INFO*FLEX Pre Show Planner, April's Official INFO*FLEX Exhibit Guide, May 's Excellence in Flexography Award's Recap, July 's Graphic Design Guide, August's Press Buyer 's Guide and December's SourceBook. Process Control and Color Management will take on recurring importance in our March Inks and Coatings, September Labelexpo and October Fall Conference is- sues; as well as November 's Emerging Technologies Showcase. All in all, it should be quite a year. Let's get it started and make good things happen! PUBLISHER'S INK BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, PCMC Greg Collins, C-P Flexible Packaging Michael Ferrari, Procter & Gamble Gary Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. Matt Moffett, The Meyers Printing Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress David Straten, Advance Packaging Corp. Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, PCMC Greg Collins, C-P Flexible Packaging Michael Ferrari, Procter & Gamble Gary Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. Matt Moffett, The Meyers Printing Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress David Straten, Advance Packaging Corp. Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE Richard Cervarich, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys, Corporate Express John Meyer, Western Michigan University Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C-P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd.
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