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FLEXO Magazine : March 2010
6 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2010 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY Sustainable Impact. . . Skip the bells! Drop the whistles! Emphasize fewer thrills. Focus on simplicity. When it comes to packaging, "Less is more." This is a hypercompetitive marketplace. Brand differentiation is of utmost importance. Packages must carry instantly recognizable, crisp, sharp, premium im- ages. Quality construction is demanded. Cost-efficient production is the standard assumption. Continuous improvement remains the ever-present expectation. "Green" is evolving from buzzword to identity statement. Sustainability is high on everyone's list of objectives; from government regulators to legislators, consumer products companies, printers, converters, prepress trade shops, colleges/universi- ties, marketers, investors, and the American public. These days, when it comes to planet-minded packaging, earth friendliness is a requirement, not an option. Examples are everywhere! New substrates have emerged. Solventless lamina- tion is gaining admirers, as are solventless adhesives; plus water-wash and thermal plates. UV and EB inks are driving volatile organic compound emissions out of some print runs....The list goes on and on. Everyone is talking about carbon footprints. On this, the eve of the 2010 National Environmental Health and Safety (NEHS) Conference, the 15th in succession that FTA has helped to plan and orchestrate, we look at sustainability and its impact. And, we do so with the help of many organiza- tions --- PICA, FMI, PRIMIR, NPES, PMMI, SGPP; and yes, your FTA. GREEN PRINTING CREDO Let's begin with FTA. NEHS' theme is "Printing for a Sustainable Future." Breakout sessions are planned on Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Energy Management; Re- duce, Reuse, Recycle---the green printer's credo; Sustainable Paper; Sustainability Goals and Objectives; and Lean and Green. It all happens March 15-17 in India- napolis, IN, where a full contingent of active FTA members will be present. From NEHS to FFTA's Annual Forum itself (May 2-5 in Las Vegas), sustainability will prove a frequent agenda item. Presentations are scheduled on FTC's Green Guide; Waste Reduction, Landfill Diversion, Profit Maximization; Packaging and Sustainability; the Benefits of Becoming an SGP Certified Printer; and an Environ- mental Impact Assessment of Solvent, Thermal and Liquid Platemaking. (See the Forum Brochure opening from the back cover for complete details.) PRIMIR, as you'll see on the pages of this issue, is reporting that three major driving forces in the world of print are: economic growth, social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Extended shelf life is a goal. Response to date is evi- dent in the development of what is termed "chemical-free CTP" and soft and remote proofing. Accreditation---be it SGPP, SFI, FSC, etc. --is seen as worthwhile pursuits. COMMON REFRAIN PMMI, in a just released flexible packaging forecast, is predicting the develop- ment of "more sustainable, innovative and profitable containers." The organization maintains that collaboration equates to development of the best package utilizing the most efficient materials and running it on the most optimum machine. Also on PMMI's radar is beverage packaging. There, plastics are gaining ground at the expense of glass and other hard containers. Weight reduction is a prime concern. Innovations in design and materials are forecast. Stricter carbon footprint reduction regulations are expected. Containers of the future will openly advertise sustainability. Pouches = land of opportunity, according to PMMI findings. There you have it, many times over---innovation and performance, the critical link to flexography 's future. 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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