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FLEXO Magazine : April 2011
Power-Packed Event Packed, powerful and promising to grab your attention, Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association’s 2011 INFO*FLEX Exhibition will cement its reputation as the #1 networking and most comprehensive event of the year for North America’s printing, packaging and converting commu- nity. And it will happen the moment the doors open, Monday, May 2. With 8 aisles, more than 215 booths, more than 30 first-time exhibitors, 7 technical talks set for the INFO*FLEX Presentation Theater (that is housed right on the trade floor) and approximately 1,600 confirmed attendees, no other exhibition serves as such a strong testament to the cutting-edge technologies and innovative ideas now in use at flexographic printing, packaging and converting establishments worldwide. INFO*FLEX and the products and services on display speak directly to FFTA’s 2011 Annual Forum Theme “Setting the Pace for Packaging Excellence.” We’re a complete show: • The all-important package buyers are here—Pepsi, Diageo, Sara Lee, Kimberly Clark, Hershey ’s, Sargento, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble and Frito Lay, to name a few. • Printers see INFO*FLEX as their opportunity to identify new technologies, establish new partnerships, capture ideas to im- mediately put to work in the plant on Wednesday morning, visit with old friends, strengthen existing relationships and stay tuned to the latest advancements in the world of packaging, printing and converting. • Printer pre-registrations are higher than ever, accounting for roughly 50 percent of all volume—on pace to shatter last year’s records. • Networking opportunities abound, such as Monday ’s complimentary on-floor luncheon and Tuesday ’s late-day social networking reception. Get immersed in our business. Examine how flexo can be positioned side-by-side with other print processes—digital, inkjet, offset, even gravure—to satisfy the customer and deliver consistent, repeatable, eye-catching print results. Explore the latest in automated press offerings, look at efficiency-enhancing anilox rolls, chambered doctor blades, waste-saving ink dispersion systems, eco -minded plate processing systems, lightweight sleeves, the latest in laminators, slitters, rewinders, and in-line con- verting advancements and more. Talk will cover everything from brand integrity, shelf appeal, product protection, sustainability, social responsibility and lifecycle management to communication, collaboration, competition and execution. Conversation will focus on characterization, optimization, calibration, documentation, control, predictability, quality and customer satisfaction. People will be talking about INFO*FLEX all year, just as they did in 2010. Reviews will begin pouring in immediately. Remem- ber what they said last year? Here’s a sample: • “Why are we at INFO*FLEX? We’re committed to flexo and package printing. We’re committed to best practices. We’re excited by new products and technologies. ” • “Amazing attendance—great show. Vast improvement over the last 2 years. New technologies are being brought out. We’re going to give some a try.” • “Fantastic, Excellent movement. Good meetings.” • “It’s a blowout!” • “Great traffic!” • “INFO*FLEX consistently surpasses our expectations from the get-go. ” The show floor will be packed, brimming with new technologies and product offerings. Printers will be standing side-by-side with their valued consumer product company customers, as well as graphic designers, prepress trade shops and their es- sential suppliers—manufacturers and distributors. Collectively, they will borrow and build on each other’s ideas while drafting strategies to drive the industry forward. No wonder INFO*FLEX is a sell-out! As events go, you simply have to be here—right at the crossroads of America’s printing, packaging and converting com- munity. Our central location, Indianapolis, guarantees great turnout. Heavy traffic is forecast. No one will be disappointed. INFO*FLEX 2011 is destined to stand-out and rank among FFTA’s best ever. It will set a precedent for the future, so make the most of every minute. Have a great show! Jay Kaible Director of Business Development INFO*FLEX Show Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association P.S . Plan early for next year! Save the dates—March 19-20, 2012. See you in Indianapolis, then again in San Antonio! 56 FLEXO april 2011 www.flexography.org