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FLEXO Magazine : April 2010
8 FLEXO april 2010 www.flexography.org FTA TODaY Perfect Matches, Premium Packages... Road trips...One local, two regional, one international. All transpired in the days leading up to publication of this issue. All support one common theme—state-of-the-art flexo; from customer demands and expectations to consistent, quality, repeatable output. • New dimensions are being explored by one printer, where award-winning digi- tal plate technology meets challenging substrate and comes out on top. • Lean manufacturing models, married to a commitment to continuous imple- mentation of cutting edge technologies, are increasing efficiencies, reducing waste and speeding deliveries at another. • A productivity improvement project, introduction of digital press capabilities to complement flexo, strict adherence to self-devised performance principles and introduction of a new press, are showcasing talent and technique at a third. • New surroundings, new equipment and a thirst for new ideas are turning heads and winning notice at a fourth. Crisscrossing the east coast; from Farmingdale, NY to Providence, RI; and from Balti- more, MD to Mississauga and Toronto, Ontario, Canada; these firms are typical of FTA’s printer members. Entrepreneurial in spirit, ground-breaking in initiative, bottom-line results oriented; they each promise and promote a perfect match to every proof; as well as the design, construction and delivery of the most premium packages available. Diverse & DisciPlineD Of this assembly, one printer has been in business for 100+ years. One is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary. One is in the throes of starting up a flexo division at a traditional offset plant. One has just cut the ribbon and opened the doors of a new, state-of-the-art location. All share a commitment to training, skills enhancement and team empowerment. Most, if not all, plan to dispatch representatives to Las Vegas, NV, for FFTA’s 2010 Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition, May 2-5. Unique, diverse and disciplined, these firms face challenges head-on, adapt technology willingly, adhere to tight training regimens and strive to exhibit expertise to whomever; whenever, and wherever the opportunity presents itself. Their stories, presented on page 36 in the case of Admiral Packaging; page 44, for Cris Ray Printing; May ’s cover demonstration project for Cenveo McLaren Morris & Todd; and May ’s interior pages for Mann-Pak; speak to their collective determination to succeed and satisfy. These printers, like so many of their FTA peers and colleagues, manage locally but can be called on to produce globally. Capital investments are carefully planned. Price pressures are a constant concern. Food and pharmaceuticals frequently drive the business. Both spending and labor allocations are up in important client-cen- tered areas like design, branding and sustainability. next UP Moving forward, there appears to be good news on the horizon. ICD Research is reporting that business is on the uptake, revenues are rising, capital investment dollars are being freed up and there is an air of optimism permeating the printing, packaging and converting marketplace. Expectations on the street are that it will hold for the foreseeable future—two or more years. Timing couldn’t be better, especially with Forum and INFO*FLEX fast approaching. Networking discussions, paramount to the experience, will no doubt hone in on some of the news covered on pages 20 and 21. Positive expectations have a way of shaping an industry. With the forecast being “growth,” it falls to us—printers, converters, sup- pliers/manufacturers and consumer product companies--to make it 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, Staples Print Solutions John Meyer, Western Michigan University Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C-P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd. FLXApril10_v1.indd 8 4/9/10 4:10 PM
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