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FLEXO Magazine : April 2010
16 FLEXO april 2010 www.flexography.org FTA/FFTA, its members and employees, were saddened to learn of the passing of former president George J. Parisi, on the morning of March 13. George had a pro- found influence on the Association, its Foundation, its mem- bers and the industry as a whole throughout his esteemed 26-year tenure. His vision and leadership helped shape the FTA into the leading global organization it is today. His ac- complishments were too numerous to recount in their entirety. George first took the helm as executive secretary in Septem- ber of 1968. Like his predeces- sor, Julian Ross, George had a professional background managing trade associations. His first exposure to flexograph- ic printing came through TLMI (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute), which he managed as part of an independent firm, along with several other trade associations. In FTA’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Journal, George notes, “We conducted Manage- ment Ratio Studies and Factory Cost Estimate Studies for [TLMI], and, with each new study con- ducted, the word ‘flexo’ began to appear more and more as the preferred, least expensive method to print.” He attended the 1968 FTA Forum in Chicago as a guest, and later that year was offered the chance to lead the then-10-year- old organization. Many who have been in the industry long enough recall the Among George J. Parisi’s Many Notable Accomplishments 1976. FLEXOgraphic Technical Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1 —predecessor to FLEXO Maga- zine—premiers. Editorial opens lauding establishment of FFTA and its two-year history. 1977. FTA survey indicates value of shipments of products printed flexographi- cally has reached $7 billion. Flexo’s share of the printing and publishing market is estimated at 15 percent; more importantly, its share of the packaging market is calculated out to 60 percent. Findings result from queries mailed to more than 3,500 plants and 5,000 individuals in the U.S . and Canada in the year-long survey process. Response rate = 11 percent. 1982. FFTA announces plans for a one-day trade fair, preceding the formal segment of the 24th Annual Meeting and Technical Forum. The fair is to be open during registration hours from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m . Exhibitors are limited to a single table— no more than 6ft. long and 30in. wide. Materials eligible for distribution must be of technical and educational nature, not commercial. The event, evolved into INFO*FLEX and still proves a powerful drawing card 28 years later. 1990. FTA Flexo meeting in Moscow occurs. Speakers from five countries fill the pro- gram and a Russian supplement of FLEXO Magazine is distributed to participants and exhibit visitors in which all editorial is printed in Cyrillic. That same year, FTA International Seminars take place in Venezuela (June 5-6) and Jamaica (June 8-9). Topics include presses and computerization; photopolymer and molded rubber plates, inks, anilox rolls, newspaper flexo, adhesives and laminations. 1994. FTA stages Flexo Seminars for the Far East, April 7,8 and 9 in Shenzhen, China; April 11 and 12 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and April 14-15 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Good-bye,George! FTa remembers George J. Parisi: Friend, Mentor, leader FTA TODaY FLXApril10_mech.indd 16 4/11/10 9:35 PM
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