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FLEXO Magazine : February 2012
& Krecke and Bobst), West Essex Printing Plates, Williamson & Co., Wilson Engraving Co. Inc., Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. and Zerand Corp. Initial coverage, as it appeared on page 82 in the May 1982 issue of the FLEXOgraphic Technical Journal (now FLEXO) said it all, when it described the event as, "An innovation, most prob- ably to be repeated and expanded." Back then, and still to this day, the "show " is an effort on the part of FTA to bring suppliers and converters together for a one-to-one exchange of technical information, designed to enable them to discuss problems and solutions. In 2012 the purpose has not changed, but we refer- ence it with a single word---NETWORKING! That first exhibit, just like today 's INFO*FLEX, included distributors, inkmakers, substrate manufacturers, prepress trade shops, plate materials manufacturers, anilox roll and doctor blade suppliers, control instrument makers, convert- ing equipment suppliers, and of course, a small bevy of press makers. As things played out in 1982, 600 printers suppliers and guests were in attendance. Thirty-years later, 1,600 are expected to converge on San Antonio's Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. That's nearly quadruple the size! (See the call-out on page 71 for specific statistics). Over the years, INFO*FLEX has been housed in single ball- rooms, multiple ballrooms and full-fledge convention centers. In recent history, it's been sold-out three consecutive years in the running (2010-2012). Mention of the event first appeared on the cover of FTA promotional Forum materials in 1991. It has been receiving dual billing with Forum since 2001. FLEXO introduced a pull-out Exhibitor Locator in 2003. IDENTITY, INDUSTRY, INNOVATION No event, other than INFO*FLEX, paints a more complete picture of the industry, its influence and identity. The floor is continually buzzing with activity. The hum of voices is every- where. Heavy foot traffic can be found in each and every aisle. Look around and you'll see business cards being ex- changed, networking taking place, people catching up with friends and colleagues, brainstorming sessions springing up, troubleshooting of problems, sharing of ideas and identifica- tion of solutions to long-standing problems. You'll also witness business partnerships being forged and new technology be- ing unveiled. Literature is always available for those craving more knowledge. Jay Kaible, director of business development for the show 's organizer, FTA is quick to point out that the accolades rolling in following recent events are both impressive and inspiring. "INFO*FLEX is being, and has been heralded as, 'Phenom- enal!' 'Fantastic!' 'Best event in years!' Attendees recently reported, 'Printers were everywhere.' One even offered this comment, 'Extensive dialogue, crowded exhibit aisles, a sold- out trade floor; by all indications, a stunning success.'" Kaible is now ready to cut the ribbon on the 30th anniversa- ry edition of the trade event. He is confident that INFO*FLEX 2012, set for March 18-19, will build on past successes. In fact, he is reporting a sell-out. "Some 225 booths will stand corner-to-corner on both sides of the seven exhibit hall aisles. They 'll be manned by repre- sentatives from 200 different firms that supply and service packaging, printing and converting enterprises across the Americas. More importantly, they'll be visited by an estimated 1,600 printers, converters, package buyers and their col- leagues, all thirsting for information on the latest technologies to hit the marketplace." Kaible promises, "Of particular interest will be the new products and services that are designed and engineered to enhance productivity, support profitability, promote sustain- ability, reduce waste, improve quality and redefine timeliness in serving customers." He maintains, "INFO*FLEX mirrors the trends and develop- ments in a very exciting and thriving marketplace. It is the most comprehensive packaging, printing, converting event out there! Where else do you see narrow web, wide web and mid web printers represented on the same floor? According to FTA, "Exhibitors are taking larger booths, bringing actual equipment, demonstrating machines; showcasing videos of actual pressruns and large equip- ment---presses, laminators, platesetters, etc. in operation. That, coupled with ancillary items, such as anilox rolls, doctor blades, essential consumables---inks and substrates---plus in-line and off-line converting applications---pouch making, slitter rewinders---will make for quite an extensive exhibition." REPUTATION & RESULTS Show organizers point out that at recent shows, "Tallies of exhibitor surveys reveal that 50 percent of respondents rate the quality of attendees as either excellent or good. Further- more, 56 percent of initial respondents rate INFO*FLEX net- working opportunities as excellent, with another 40 percent awarding the exhibition a good grade. More than 70 percent insist the quality of sales leads is positive, with 27.5 percent saying it is good or excellent. In fact, a total of nearly 80 per- cent claim to meet new business prospects on the show floor, while more than 90 percent state they are able to connect with existing customers." FTA believes INFO*FLEX's 30th Anniversary Edition will set the stage for 2012. "Many exhibitors will offer early previews of what's in store for drupa, Labelexpo and even SuperCorr. That's why we've themed the event for the first-time ever. INFO*FLEX 2012 will focus on 'Technology and Beyond.' It will definitely be representative of all segments of our packaging, printing and converting industry." "Brand new exhibitors approximate 10 percent. What is bringing them to the show? They heard there is no better event for return on investment. Costs are low. Capacity crowds are promised and there is plenty of time for networking." Kaible stresses this message to flexographers, as well as all packaging printers, "You simply must be there! We will deliver heavy traffic, exciting prospects and great results." "INFO*FLEX 2012 will serve as your gateway to both the North and Latin American/Caribbean packaging, printing and converting marketplace. Centrally located and easily accessible, INFO*FLEX once again will be the launching pad for the latest technologies for each segment of the industry. INFO*FLEX simply has the best ROI. This is a can't- miss exhibition!" 74 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2012 www.flexography.org