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FLEXO Magazine : September 2012
Conferences, Events & Networking Network with peers. Build partnerships. Share ideas. Exchange solutions. View new technologies. Discuss trends and challenges. Centrally located and easy to get to, FTA events put you in direct contact with the largest and most comprehensive community of packaging, printing and converting professionals. See why FTA members consistently rank networking as their #1 membership benefit. FTA’s Annual Forum & INFO*FLEX Exhibition hailed as the industry’s best international learning and networking event of the year, FTa’s annual Forum is where 1,600+ flexographic printing professionals come to learn about the latest trends and technologies, share insights and solutions, and enjoy unforgettable networking oppor- tunities. Time and again, conference goers report finding sound advice on how to grow their businesses, increase profits, anticipate trends and mitigate risks. coinciding with Forum is FTa’s inFo*Flex exhibition, long established as the largest, most comprehensive, cost-effec- tive show in the packaging, printing and converting world. The event boasts 180+ companies occupying approximate- ly 235 booths, creating just the right mix of all packaging market segments. it’s no wonder thousands of packaging, printing and converting professionals place these events at the very top of their “must-attend” list. FTA’s Fall Conference & Tabletop Exhibit over the course of three days, more than 300 of the in- dustry’s top professionals come together to learn, network and stay current on the forces affecting the future of flexog- raphy. The program delivers key take-aways that guarantee immediate results upon implementation. each year the agenda is formulated as a direct result of attendee feed- back and industry requests, ensuring the content is relevant and germane, year-to-year. Webinars FTa’s complimentary webinars are informative, engaging, and serve as an outstanding member benefit. They provide useful and timely information to leverage opportunities for growing and improving your business –all from the comfort of your own desktop. Networking Groups FTa’s networking groups allow you to network and learn at the local level, ensuring that active participation is possible without undue cost. The groups hold informal meetings, roundtables, plant tours, technical presentations and social events throughout the year, giving you the chance to develop personal contacts within your local/regional community that will foster professional growth and business opportunities. “Forum & INFO*FLEX are more than the most important shows for the flexographic industry. They’re a social, business and educational experience that brings together all the disciplines that make up flexo, and puts them into an environment where everyone gains at least one great idea or opportunity...and usually a lot more.” Michael D’Angelo, Vice President, Bobst Group North America Education & Training To ensure our members are operating at peak performance, FTA offers a variety of educational materials and training programs. FTA’s TEST (Technical Education Services Team) keeps professionals in touch with the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt, innovate and thrive in today’s competitive printing environment. More than 350 online courses are housed on the TEST Virtual Campus, ranging from the FIRST Operator Certification Program to environmental, health & safety curricula...and everything in between. FIRST Operator Certification if you’re looking for the world’s most comprehensive on- line training package, look no further. robust in its content, intuitive in its implementation and proven in its results, FTa’s FIRST operator certification program offers training for every member of the flexographic supply chain, from printers to prepress and everything in between. choose to become press operator, prepress operator or implementation specialist certified—regardless of which designation you pursue, the end results are the same: maximized efficiency, increased productivity, and a decided advantage over the competition. To date, more than 300 individuals, representing 30 companies, lay claim to a FIRST Operator Certification. FIRST Company Certification More and more, cpcs are requiring their printers certify a quality product. To that end, FTa offers the FIRST company certification program, designed to distinguish flexographic printing companies that are applying the proven methodol- ogies found in Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifica- tions & Tolerances (FIRST). Those companies that hold this elite designation can prove that their technology, resources and staff are proficient in producing a consistent, color- accurate, and repeatable product, time and again. FIRST Certified (Press, Prepress, Implementation Specialist and/or FIRST Company) american packaging corp. amspak Berry plastics corp. Bemis company, inc. Best label inc. central piedmont community college clark container inc. colormasters, llc cryovac esko Farnell packaging georgia-pacific corp. Johnson Bryce, inc. harper corporation of america hood packaging corp. interFlex group international paper co. inx international ink co. lintec label solutions pemla ink Technologies plastic packaging, inc. prairie state group portco packaging printpack, inc. shields Bag & printing co. smyth companies star packaging stevenson color, inc. sun chemical corp. Walter g. anderson Winterfield llc *For a complete list of all companies that have started their journey to a FIRST certification, see back cover. “As a printer/converter we’re always looking for ways to stay abreast of the newest technologies and process improvement tools. The FIRST Operator Certification program and FLEXO Magazine, combined with the multiple forums and conferences, are helpful because they all offer the additional resources we need to navigate the maze we often find ourselves in.” Daniel P. Doherty, Executive Vice President of Operations/ Principal, Prairie State Group