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FLEXO Magazine : April 2010
www.flexography.org april 2010 FLEXO 17 EFLOTM Engraving MultiHit 60° Engraving The World’s 1st Anilox to be designed to work in conjunction with CTP Technology • High Performance Anilox • Consistent Quality • New Era Ceramic Coating Technology • Increased Ink Transfer • Higher Solid Coverage • Improved Doctorblade Life • Cleaner Highlights • Low Dot Gain • Designed to run at faster press speeds Make your Anilox choice and bring your flexo printed images to life! EFLOTM For more information contact your local technical representative! 1800 53FLEXO +44 (0) 1925 456789 eflow _flexovert.qxd:Layout 1 3/16/10 10:52 AM Page 1 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 1970s and 1980s as FTA’s formative years. It was during this time that George spearheaded the creation of the Foundation of FTA (1974). Through this entity, the organization was able to purchase its first permanent headquarters in Huntington Station, NY (1976). That same year, the organization published the first issue of FLEXOgraphic Technical Journal, which would later become FLEXO Magazine. Sometime later, he established FLEXO Espa- ñol, and within months of that, initiated the move to FTA/FFTA’s current location in Ronkonkoma, NY. In 1982, he spearheaded the effort to add a tabletop trade fair to the beginning of the Annual Forum—a concept that would later evolve into the highly successful INFO*FLEX Exhibition. Throughout his tenure, George held fundraiser after fund- raiser, secured donation after donation—all of which went back into the industry in the form of scholarships, events, and learning material. He also oversaw the installation of press after press in the growing number of flexographic printing programs established at two- and four-year universities and colleges, along with platemaking equipment, anilox rolls, inks and other necessary materials. Traveling Man Among his most notable contributions to FTA is how he helped grow its workshop and seminar series. With his direc- tive, the Association hosted events in cities where there was demand for training, rather than require members to travel potentially long distances. “ We realized,” he once wrote, “that since we could not bring Mohammed to the mountain, we had to bring the mountain to Mohammed. ” Many of these seminars and events covered the very basics of flexographic printing. “Our thought process was that if flexo is to become accepted as a quality print process, our people had to be trained to do the right job—the first time and every time.” FTA TODaY George (right) hands out a Distinguished Service award during the 1975 Forum. FLXApril10_mech.indd 17 4/10/10 1:22 AM
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