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FLEXO Magazine : February 2012
Euro without Euros: State-of-the-art today may not be competitive tomorrow. Technology is advancing at an exponential pace pushing conver ters’ demands for a faster ROI. Stay ahead of this curve with trusted European component equipment at a significant lower investment. *Value=Affordable Euroflex Flexo CI 8/10c Press *HighSpeed1500+f.p.m. *Short&LongRuns *Mono-blockFrame *FullyServo *AutoPre-register&Impression *AutoWashSystem *43YearsExperience Call 630-681-2521 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kymcamerica.com FTA Infoflex Booth #316 Drupa 2012 Booth #6D02 Schedule your visit today. KYMC-Euroflex-Flexo0212-fin.indd 1 1/30/12 11:29 AM publisher’s ink 10 FleXO february 2012 www.flexography.org FTA TODay BOARD OF DIRECTORS FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Danny Christianson, Farnell Packaging Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton 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 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. Mail With Meaning My Inbox is full! Ordinarily, that’s not good news. It requires immediate action. Of course, the automated message itself, once received, spurs me into motion. I purge both “Inbox” and “Outbox.” T hen, I painstakingly “Ar- chieve” all files, telling myself, “I’ve been noticing the message count creep—rather leap—up.” Crisis averted. Back to work. It happens again... “ How is this possible?,” I ask myself. My investigation uncovers the answer and it bodes well for this industry. News releases hinting at pending product introductions, line extensions, techno- logical breakthroughs set for introduction at drupa—and in select cases even soon- er—are pouring in. As soon as one batch is perused, posted to our Industry News offerings at www.flexography.org >> FLEXO Magazine, assigned for inclusion in our FLEXOLive! e-newsetter, or designated for development of a potential feature technical article in future editions of FLEXO, yet another flurry of activity occurs. An even greater number of news releases, story ideas, links to material on blogs and other social media outlets that might contain information demanding follow-up, flow through the electronic mail. Firms are also pushing out notices of brisk business, significant sales growth, new partnerships and joint ventures that they claim will capture the industry ’s attention. Pundits are generally optimistic. We barely hear mention of downsizing, economic struggles and the like anymore. True, mergers and acquisitions seem to occur on a near daily basis, but those announcements always hint at the benefits that will result from the joining of two or more firms. Take PaperWorks, an operation profiled in this issue. It came to being through the merger of Graphic Packaging, Altivity and The Specialized Packaging Group. Today it can boast of annual sales of more than $600 million and a staff that is leveraging and expanding upon some unique assets. It confidently promises reliable, consis- tent product, backed by excellent service for decades to come. TERRIFIC TRAFFIC Back to my “Inbox.” It’s filled to near capacity with exhibitor’s announcements pointing to participation in FTA’s sold-out INFO*FLEX 2012 and invites to stop by the booth and see the company ’s latest and greatest offerings. Submissions for our exclusive “Official INFO*FLEX Exhibit Guide,” are also folded in. Reminders that many of the firms are planning to unveil significant innovations at drupa and then carry their introduction over to Labelexpo, SuperCorr and beyond, can be found in the vast message pool. All of this tells me that flexography ’s position in packaging, printing and convert- ing enterprises is sound, secure and prospering. Serving as further testament to that fact is a clear expression of flexographers’ thirst for knowledge, education, training and insight. Proudly, FLEXO is seen by these professional development gu- rus as a central force in their campaign, just as FTA’ Technical Education Services Team and its Virtual Campus and FIRST Certification programs are. Translation: Traffic to the pages of our Internet edition has been phenomenal of late. In January alone, visits topped 151,000 , building on December’s 114,000 and November’s 105,000 . In fact, average monthly visits for the past 12-months run- ning are approaching 110,000, with the greatest single spike topping 178,000 as INFO*FLEX 2011 occurred. That’s a story in itself—one that will play out in San Anonio and at www.flexography.org >> FLEXO Magazine in just a few weeks. For now, I ’ll leave it to you to decide if there is a correlation between FLEXO’s increasing visibility and a publisher’s inbox that’s bursting at the seams.