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FLEXO Magazine : February 2012
PASSION FOR INNOVATION FLEXIBLE PACKAGING EQUIPMENT THAT MEETS THE DEMANDS OF AMERICA'S TOUGHEST CUSTOMERS 23 NEW ENGLAND WAY | LINCOLN, RHODE ISLAND 02865 - 4252 | Phone: 800 - 854 - 8702 | email@example.com | www.whcorp.com The unique VISTAFLEX from W&H takes the next revolutionary step in flexographic printing and reaches new levels of productivity and ease of use. • Completely automatic changeovers at the push of a button • No platforms, lifts or climbing to change sleeves • Set-up and store your next 4 jobs while the press is running • Visionary concept delivers higher speeds and greater productivity • Incredibly safe and easy operation THE WORLD’S MOST PRODUCTIVE FLEXO PRESS PRINTING EXTRUSION CONVERTING VISTAFLEX FLEXO PRINTING AT ITS MIGHTIEST WINDMOELLER & HOELSCHER FTA TODAY Technology & Beyond By Robert Moran Flashback to 1982—exactly 30 years ago. It was a drupa year, just as 2012 is a drupa year. FTA was meeting in Toronto, Canada. It was the 24th Annual Technical Forum, where evolution was knocking hard at the door. Precedent was set. History was made. Forty-nine pioneers—all supplier members—came together, embraced an idea, brought it to life and participated in the very first Table Top Exhibition. Education was their mission. This showcase, highlighting products, services, technologies and the advantages and advancements that they can—and do—bring to the flexographic printing trade, wasn’t called INFO*FLEX yet (that happened in 1988), but a networking event that outshines all others in the packaging printing and converting world was born. Over three decades, it’s grown in popularity and stature and, in 2012, stands as one of the strongest drawing cards to FTA’s Annual Forum. VENDORS & VISIONARIES The pioneers, many of whom forged an ever-present home on the INFO*FLEX floor, list out as follows: Amplas Inc. , Anderson & Vreeland, Baldwin Gegenheimer, BASF Systems, Brookfield Engineering Labs, Bunting Magnetics Co., Consolidated Engravers, Converters Design & Art, Converters Technical Service, Croda Inks Corp., C .S .I . Corp., Dixie Electro- type Co. Inc. , E.I . DuPont de Nemours, Edward Graphic Supplies Ltd, Flexi Printing Plate Co., F MC Corp. , Graymills Corp., Harper Corporation of America, Henry P. Korn Associated Inc. , Hercules Inc. (predecessor of MacDermid Print- ing Solutions), Immont Corp. , Kidder Stacy Co. ( predecessor of Comexi), Lu- minite Products Corp., Mark Andy Inc. , Matthews International, Mosstype Corp. and George Moulton Successors. Also on the list of visionaries and ven- dors were: Nashua Control Instruments, National Starch & Chemical, Oakland National Engraving, Olin Corp., Opti-Co- py Inc., Pamarco Inc., Plates for Printing, Printech, Rogers Corp., Setcon Equip- ment Inc., Sun Chemical Corp., Tri-Ad Packaging, Union Carbide Corp.—Linde Division, Union Carbide Corp.—S &I Division, Uniroyal Inc., Van Dam Machine Corp. of America (predecessor of Fisher At 30 • 49 table tops evolved into 220+ 10 X 10 booths • Exponential growth has resulted in a 335 percent increase in the number of exhibiting companies from day 1 • Attendees are up more than 265 percent • Presses and converting equipment account for 46 percent of floor space • Presses alone equate to almost 14 percent; with wide web, mid web, narrow web, corrugated, envelope, combination, digital and proofers, and prototypers represented • Prepress, whether trade shop or platemaking, sleeve making and other accessory and component specialists, populate 23 percent of exhibit space • Anilox roll and doctor blades manufacturers represent 10 percent of the supplier presence • Ink makers add 8 percent • Distributors take some 5 percent of the space • 8 percent of the floor is encompassed by a smattering of professional organizations, educational institutions and even publications Official Exhibit Guide A EXCLUSIVE 72 FLEXO feBRuARY 2012 www.flexography.org Presses & Converting Equipment 46% Prepress Proponents/ Components 23% Anilox Roll/Doctor Blade Manufacturers 10% Inkmakers 8% Professional Organizations 8% Distributors 5% INFO*FLEX 2012 At-A-GLANcE