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FLEXO Magazine : February 2008
Mazur: When you look at the agenda, there is something to be learned in every single session. But that's only part of the whole Forum experience anyway. It is also important that attendees interact with their peers, competitors and suppliers. Being at the Forum, seeing what is happening, talking with others in the in- dustry is how you keep abreast of everything that's going on. Can you address the role of the INFO*FLEX Exhibition in helping to meet some of the typical printer/converter expecta- tions for making the trip to Forum? Gilbert: As an attendee, I have gotten a lot out of INFO*FLEX. Whether just standing around listening to other people chat with an ink company I am interested in, or asking questions and shar- ing problems face to face, is a richer form of communication than through e-mails and phone calls. Mazur: INFO*FLEX has really grown in terms of its impor- tance as part of the Forum. We've been setting records in number of booths sold and attendance. There's no better place to be if you're in flexo than FFTA's INFO*FLEX Exhibition. What does the return of the Newspaper Session to the program, as well as the co-location with the Newspaper and Publication Flexo Users Group, mean to you as chair /vice chair? Gilbert: There has been more and more inquiry and interest by this segment to be involved. So by asking them to come in, and have their own session is FTA's way of saying that they are a welcomed part of the flexo community and a way of helping it to grow. Mazur: Forum is flexo. On top of that, flexo newspapers have not been part of the Forum for the past number of years. That's because a lot of the issues in that segment are specific to their product. But lately that's been changing. Now many of their main concerns are also our main concerns, such as standardization, repurposing of artwork, business issues, etc. There is more and more overlap in the way you run a flexo newspaper and a wide- web flexo press. They want to know about G7, sustainability, and other topics. There are still many things specific to their market, but the overlap is greater now. As Forum chair and vice chair, what message do you have for your Forum session chairs, as the event nears? Gilbert: Hang tough! We chose specifically printers/converters for a reason. These folks can help drive and give their session the best bang for the buck. I want them to keep that in mind as the days tick down to Forum. Mazur: The hard work of making sure we have good content has been done. So I want to thank all of them for their efforts. Now we just have to make sure that all the work is done for the Forum, and that all of the rules, such as non-commercial content, are adhered to. Similarly, what message would you like to get out to prospec- tive attendees with respect to why they should come, what they