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FLEXO Magazine : December 2011
DCM USIMECA NORTH AMERICA 725 Fremont St. - Kiel, WI 53042 - USA Phone : +1-920-894 5050 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.dcmusimeca.com Phone : +1-920-894 5050 - email@example.com - web www.dcm.fr Coater laminator High speed narrow web rotogravure printing press High speed slitter rewinder Self Portrait Annual ritual? All encompassing task? No matter how you look at it, compilation of FLEXO’s SourceBook: The International Directory of Flexographic Print- ing, Packaging and Converting Products and Services—a .k.a . FTA’s Annual Membership Roster—involves the construction of a portrait of the association. It gives one an appreciation for the organization’s size, scope and stature. And, it serves to define who we are, where we are, what we’ll be talking about and where we’re likely to be going as an industry. Our look at the people, programs and services that constitute FTA, is an encap- sulation of our world, a review of recent accomplishments and a glimpse at our industry ’s current positioning and long-range strategies. The fact that SourceBook coincides with the close of one major business cycle and the launch of the next, reinforces the image statement that it can make—this year in particular. With 2012 quickly approaching and drupa on the calendar for May, the Source- Book issue is serving as the Pre Show Planner for FTA’s 2012 Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition. As such it includes the full program, listing out all available details of sessions and presentations; as well as an interview with the co-chairs and a 30th anniversary salute to INFO*FLEX. It points to the business insights certain to be expressed and embraces two distinct themes. For Forum: “Flexo: Brand of Choice.” For INFO*FLEX: “Technology & Beyond.” FTA NETWORK FTA, at 53, holds firm to its belief that “Our members make the difference.” It’s a unique network with a broad landscape, firm footprint and long reach. There are so many business segments and member classifications that make up FTA and drive the presentation of SourceBook and all its elements. For example, from the much appreciated “FTA’s North American Printer Members At-A-Glance,” a grid that offers a fast and accurate summary of plants and their ca- pabilities, we see that the parameters of packaging, printing and converting extend through several business segments, namely: labels, flexible packaging, preprinted liner, corrugated, envelope, napkins, towels, tissues, newspapers and publications; as well as heat shrinking, pouch making, laminating, hot and cold foiling and other forms of in-line converting. Moving on to the listing themselves, we can partition FTA’s active membership. The breakdown, according to this month’s pages is synopsized in the charts. COMMON CAUSE These are our friends, colleagues and competitors. Collectively, they challenge us to be better, think smarter, operate more efficiently and strive for continuous improvement. By doing so, they strengthen our associa- tion, advance its mission and secure flexo’s position as the print process of choice within the global pack- aging, printing and converting marketplace. And that too is an ever-present ritual—one we can all appreciate and draw rewards from. publisher’s ink 3% 4% 7% 7% 11% 29% 39% Printers Suppliers Prepress and Support Services Educators Students Individuals Consumer Product Companies 28 FleXO december 2011 www.flexography.org FTA TOdAY BOARD OF DIRECTORS FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, PCMC Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Peter Hartman, Harper Corporation of America Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, PCMC Greg Collins, C -P Flexible Packaging Dan Doherty, Prairie State Group Peter Hartman, Harper Corporation of America Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. Greg Platt, Southern Graphic Systems Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Lon Robinson III, Tension Envelope Corp. Hank Welter, Exopack PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADvISORy COmmITTEE Richard Cervarich, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys, Staples Print Solutions John Meyer, Color Resolutions International Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C -P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd.