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FLEXO Magazine : February 2010
6 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2010 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY Critical Communications... Avid readers of FLEXO, like you, should be acutely aware of the fact that FTA strives to be a facilitator. The association and its magazine pride themselves on forging connections between and within all elements of the global pack- aging development chain. That includes: printers, converters, suppliers, prepress trade shops, large and small/local and multi-national consumer products compa- nies; and to some degree, the public at large. FTA's been at it for 52 years and FLEXO itself has been engaged in the pursuit for 34 years now. Print/package production has long been our obvious focus. Instruc- tion and education/training of pressroom personnel always has, and continues to, receive heavy emphasis. Crossover opportunities, however, are presenting them- selves more and more frequently. Hence: • Prepress issues have spawned their own recurring FFTA conference, as well as Forum session after Forum session---this year being no exception. • FLEXO introduced a Design Guide some six years ago, with FIRST following suit in 2009, and the Excellence in Flexography Awards expanding into design even earlier---way back in 1999. • Preparations for Forum 2002, and a major part of the program itself, highlighted "The Voice of the Customer;" thereby welcoming package buyers and the huge CPCs that they represented into the fold. • Wisdom Teams debuted in 2003, carrying on the trend, leading up to a CPC Summit, as flexographers endeavored to "Reach New Heights." • FTA soon established a CPC Leadership Council with an open dialogue con- tinuing until this very day. • Now, in 2010, a CPC Insight Theater is being positioned on the INFO*FLEX tradefloor. There is no substitute for connecting with the customers and listening intently to what they have to say. Few things hold more value to a true entrepreneur. These forward thinkers certainly welcome a challenge once it's put out there. They strive to identify so- lutions and develop innovative techniques that can improve modern day applications. Flexographers thrive upon meeting expectations. Once a CPC lays down a gauntlet they rise to the occasion. This month we look into FIRST Operator certifica- tion programs: what they bring to the printer and the CPC. General Mills outlines its experience and The Robinette Co. details how it developed its educational needs assessment and then implemented a curriculum that can only serve to enhance its reputation and attractiveness as a current or potential business partner. The more we can get CPCs to address flexographers as a group, to challenge their thinking and to share in their success; the better off this entire industry will be. Involvement is crucial. From its onset, FTA's CPC Leadership Council has sought to reach out to peers, spell out the benefits of FTA membership, share its success sto- ries and welcome their participation in programs, publications, panel discussions, networking sessions---anything and everything that the organization does. The campaign continues. Assistance is welcome. If you're a printer, trade shop, graphic designer, who interfaces with one or more package buyers on a daily basis, consider taking a moment or two to introduce them to FTA, its body of work---par- ticularly Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances and Operator Certification. Suggest that they attend an upcoming Forum, conference or workshop. Prompt them to share their views of the packaging design and produc- tion process of the future. Simply put, encourage them to get involved. The more they step forward, the greater the likelihood that they'll see any requested service enhancements quickly brought to life. All it takes is a phone call to FTA---631-737-6020 to get the process started. 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.