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FLEXO Magazine : February 2008
want to hear. It offered the best opportunity to benefit our fellow printers/converters. Mazur: We received close to 100 abstracts, and went through those carefully to find the best of the best. As a committee, we did this to make sure that we got the best speakers for the right ses- sions. Every abstract was read by everyone on the committee, which includes former Forum chairs, the current chairs, and the current session chairs and other members. Then we all commented on where we thought each abstract would fit, then met, discussed and doled out the presentations. As a team, we worked with the chairs to find additional speakers and rounded out each session. As Forum Chair and Vice Chair, would you briefly comment on the objectives developed, set for and issued to the following session chairs? Business Management Gilbert: One thing we did this year was leave a great deal of the objectives up to the session chairs. For Business Management, we wanted to address trends that we thought are impacting printer/converter businesses. So the session addresses a lot of the hot-button issues, such as globalization and global competition, etc. We wanted to give attendees something to take back to their plant and consider acting on, or implementing. Mazur: Our goal was really to speak to the needs of managers, salesmen and business owners in flexographic print shops. Emerging Technologies Gilbert: This session carries over year after year. Our goal was to look for technologies that are going to be around for FTA's 75th anniversary. It was difficult to assess, because we wanted to leave a lot of the make up to the printer chair. The committee did a great job looking at all of the submissions, and judging what they thought were viable technologies. Mazur: This really is less data-oriented than, say, the FIRST/FQC Session, and focuses on things that are starting to change in this industry. We wanted to pre- dict what is on the horizon for flexographic printing. f Mark Mazur, Forum 2008 Vice-chair.