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FLEXO Magazine : May 2011
FTA TODAY FTA President’s Awards Recognize Two Leaders Paul Lodewyck, Greg Platt Honored for Commitment, Drive The Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) was formed in 1990 as the official research commit- tee of Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA), and it has remained a very important organizational initiative for the past 21 years. The current program chair, and the first recipient of this year ’s FTA President’s Award, Paul Lodewyck of Flint Group, has diligently led this group of dedicated volunteers since 2005, and his company ’s involvement in the program goes well beyond this date as CZ Inks (purchased by Progressive Ink, which was then acquired by Flint Group as part of the Alper Group purchase) was one of the founding members of the FQC. Over the years, Paul has always been an active participant in FQC and an ardent supporter of flexo industry technical research as a means of driving the industry forward and advanc- ing the scientific projects that foster understanding of the factors controlling the quality of the flexographic printing process. In his leadership role, Paul has effectively managed the activities of the FQC Executive Team, which, in turn, oversees all activities of the various FQC project teams. This is no small task! Paul’s unflappable style and effective communication skills have served him well as the FQC established itself as a vital source for technical research. The information FQC provides through his guidance is used by FTA member companies as they build on technical advancements and create new opportuni- ties, resulting in flexo’s significant growth within the worldwide package printing marketplace. Paul has organized a number of Forum sessions, written numerous summary documents on FQC project activities, driven the integration of FQC’s efforts within the global standards community and generally carried the research flag for FFTA. Your work on FQC is truly appreciated my friend! The second President’s Award “honouree” (get it...he’s Canadian, eh!) for 2011 has driven a number of Association activities, and he has risen this year to the premiere leadership role within the FTA. Greg Platt, president of GMF Flexo Prepress and incom- ing Chair of the FTA Board of Directors, has shared his entrepreneurial expertise in ways that have enhanced the organization’s relevance to the FTA membership. Greg has devoted much of his time to the FTA Awards Committee, first as a member and judge, then as Chair for the past 2 years while concurrently serving on the FTA Board as FTA Chair-Elect. Chairing the Awards Committee is a demanding job: The stringent set of criteria is constantly evolving and improving, and judging is an intense 3-day process. Greg has also served as judge for the prestigious FTA Technical Innovation Awards several times. With his involvement, FTA’s awards programs have enjoyed increased recognition as the industry ’s premiere graphics competitions. They ’ve also become known for their objective criteria, regi- mented application and judging processes and use of empirical data to rate entries. As FTA Chair-Elect, Greg has managed the very dynamic industry Leadership Council com- munication process, overseeing the activities of eight market-specific association Councils and integrating their feedback within the FTA Board. As a result, the Board better understands member needs as it strives to direct organizational management on current and future market trends. Hailing from Missis- sauga, Ontario, Canada, Greg has further extended his industry involvement through acting as an FTA ambassador with the Canadian Flexo Training Committee, a group dedicated to providing much-needed support to vocational education at high schools, technical colleges and universities and professional development opportunities. Thank you for your work on FTA’s behalf Greg! Paul Lodewyck Greg Platt www.flexography.org mAY 2011 FLEXO 69 EngAging idEAs
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