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FLEXO Magazine : July 2007
fta today f L E X O J U LY 2 0 0 7 w w w . f l e x o g r a p h y . o r g Prove Your Excellence Don’t wait until the last minute! Start cull- ing print samples now for FTA’s Excellence in Flexography Awards competition. The dead- line has been set: sub- missions for the 2008 contest must be in by January 11. For more information, contact Shelley Rubin, FTA education and meet- ings associate, at 631-737-6020 or srubin@ flexography.org Be More Productive and Profitable Register now for FFTA’s “Productivity and Profitability” 2007 Fall Conference and Tabletop Exhibition at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, Nashville, TN, Nov. 5-7. The sooner you sign up, the more profitable you become: • Early-Bird registration (Before Sept. 7) is $295 for FTA members, $590 for non-members. • Pre-registration (Sept 8 – Oct. 26) is $395 for FTA members, $790 for non-members. • On-site registration (After Oct. 26) costs $495 for FTA members, $990 for non-members. Tabletop Exhibit/Sponsorship costs $995 (FTA members)/$1,990 (non-members). For more information call FTA at 631-737-6020. New Council Leaders Six volunteers have been selected to fill eight council leadership positions, as part of a restructuring stemming from FTA’s Strategic Planning Initiative. Those individuals are: Frank Anthony, Chattanooga Times Free Press: Newspaper Leadership Council Dan Heller, Mastergraphics LLC: Prepress Leadership Council David Nunez, Great Lakes Packaging Corp: Corrugated Leadership Council Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp.: Envelope Leadership Council Craig J. Shields, Graymills Corp.: Supplier Leadership Council Barry Thompson, RR Donnelley: Consumer Products Company Leadership Council As of press time, positions remain open for leaders of the Narrow Web Leadership Council and Wide Web Leadership Council. BES T of SH OW Birth of an association was imminent in summer 1958. In fact, the July/August is- sue of Flexography—a magazine devoted to all forms of rubber plate printing—News Review section, headlined its first entry, “Flexographic Technical Association is Formed: Sept. Meeting Planned.” The lead: “Organization of the new Flexographic Technical Association now is being carried out and is to be formalized in September, the new group has announced. A charter committee just has been formed to complete preliminary details and several printer, converter and supply firms in the industry already have joined.” Listed as interim chairman was Franklin Moss, Moss Type. Heading the Constitution and Bylaws Subcommittee was Frank Longenecker, Simplex Paper Box. Membership chair was Douglas Tuttle, Interchemical Corp. Treasurer was Sidney Shapiro, Bensing Bros, & Denney. Secretary was Robert Long, Flexography Magazine. Cited was FTA’s multi-tiered purpose, to: • Promote, develop and maintain the advancement of flexographic printing. • Work cooperatively on problems of mutual interest among firms engaged in flexographic printing. • Develop and maintain standards for flexographic printing. • Work cooperatively for the constant improvement of the flexographic printing method. • Provide a forum for the exchange of information and discussion of problems. • Do all the things permitted by law to promote and advance the flexographic printing process, the flexographic printing industry and the welfare of all the firms connected therewith. Other noteworthy milestones and de- velopments in the association's history also took place in the month of July. Key among them: 1974—Foundation of FTA was estab- lished. The association’s educational and training arm remains highly active in the marketplace today. 1982—Headlines from 25 years ago still apply today. Examples: “Metallized Packaging Films Here to Stay,” “The Flexo Newspaper: a Very Viable Alternative.” 1985—FTA releases 220-page FLEXO Plant Survey. U.S. market = $28 billion to $30 billion. Employees = 150,000+. 1987—FTA Introduces “Fundamentals of Narrow web Flexographic Printing Program.” Buzz word—”Just in Time.” 1990—People are still talking today about concepts addressed 17 years ago— ”Statistical Process Control,” “No-Label Look.” 1992—FLEXO Magazine revised its logo. The mast remains in place today. 2001—FLEXO printed a commemora- tive Silver Jubilee edition. 2005—FTA released the first synopsis of the findings of its major research report— FTA’s Flexible Packaging Market Research Study: Converter Benchmarking & End User Perspectives in North America. Printers/con- verters cited increased graphics and print quality requirements as their customers’ top priority. 2007—FTA unveiled plans to celebrate its Golden Jubilee throughout 2008. Details include the pending development of a commemorative emblem, com- mitting to an Annual Forum theme of: “FTA’s Golden Anniversary: 50 Years of Making Flexo Stronger.” Production of a Commemorative Book highlighting FTA History. Introduction of a FLEXO series profiling charter members and an overall commitment to reaching out to capture and express the views of those there at the very beginning. Excitement is building! Take part in the celebration. Plan to be in Dallas and attend FFTA’s 2008 Annual Forum, April 27-30. this Month in fta
Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal