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FLEXO Magazine : February 2008
FTA TODAY 12 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2008 www.flexography.org We, the Printers... Forum 2008 Takes Grassroots Approach April 27 to 30, Foundation Flexographic Technical Association is poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary at the premier event staged for flexographic printing and converting---the 2008 Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition, aptly themed, "50 Years of Making Flexo Stronger." The Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas, TX, will host the Golden Jubilee of the world's leading technical society dedicated to flexogra- phy. Overseeing the Forum agenda is Chair Scott Gilbert of Smurfit- Stone Container Corp., alongside Vice-chair Mark Mazur, DuPont Packaging Graphics. Under the careful watch of Gilbert and Mazur, a handful of changes were made in the selection of session chairs, speakers and topics. Along with the rest of the Forum Committee, they pulled to- gether a line up of presentations specifically targeting the needs and wants of today's flexographic printers/converters. Both men took a few minutes out of their busy schedules to discuss the upcoming event with FLEXO. (A full Forum 2008 brochure is included with this issue, containing a complete list of speakers; a day-by-day/hour-by-hour agenda, INFO*FLEX floorplan and exhibitor locator and full registra- tion details.) Can you briefly describe how the theme "50 Years of Making Flexo Stronger" will set the stage for the entire Forum and carry over from session to session? Gilbert: We wanted this to be something that would serve the target attendees, which are the printers/converters. We wanted to hold their interest and drive them beyond just the 50th anni- versary. One of the things we did was tell the session chairs that, if they didn't see a particular topic submitted for their session, to go out and get it if they felt it was interesting, relevant and oth- erwise something other printers/converters would want to hear about. Mazur: For this year's Forum, we went back to FTA's roots--- i.e., companies that were part of the Association 50 years ago. We went to them first to chair the sessions. We have someone from Pliant, Printpack, Pechiney, etc. Unfortunately, we couldn't get everyone we wanted, but that was our goal. The content was de- signed by converters for converters. We've made sure that every one of the sessions is chaired by a printer who has the same problems and interest as other printers. Scott Gilbert, Forum 2008 Chair.