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FLEXO Magazine : October 2012
FTA TODAY FTA Announces New Chair & Leadership Team for FIRST Committee Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) announced that it has established a new leadership team for its FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduc- tion Specifications and Tolerances) Committee. Taking the helm is newly appointed FIRST Committee Chair, Mark Mazur, DuPont Cyrel, who replaces the outgoing chair, Lon Rob- inson III, Tension Corporation. Lon will remain a part of the FIRST Committee as an FTA/FFTA Board Representative. “As flexography continues to evolve, FIRST must evolve along with it. In just the last year alone, we have seen new standards in light sources. Soon flexographic ink stan- dards will line up with General Requirements for Applica- tions in Commercial Offset Lithography (GRACoL). And if I can be so bold, we may even see specifications for ex- panded gamut printing,” commented Mazur. “I am excited to have this opportunity to chair the FIRST committee and be part of leading the way toward improving the quality and consistency of the flexographic process.” FIRST’s innovative oversight team is comprised of the following individuals: • Mark Mazur, DuPont Cyrel – Chair • Robb Frimming, Schawk, Inc. – Co-chair • Lon Robinson III, Tension Corp. – FTA Board Represen- tative • Arleen Neustein, The Excelsior Packaging Group • Jennye Scott—Berry Plastics Corp. • Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies • Alfred Bowers, RR Donnelley • Rich Emmerling—Flint Group Flexographic Products • Eric Ferguson, MacDermid Printing Solutions • Joe Tuccitto, FTA/FFTA – FTA Education Director • Shelley Rubin, FTA/FFTA – FTA Liaison Established in the late 1990s, the mission of FTA’s FIRST Committee is to “understand customers’ graphic require- ments for reproduction and translate those aesthetic requirements into specifications for each phase of the flexo- graphic printing process, including: customers, designers, prepress providers, raw materials and equipment suppliers, and printers.” Each member of the leadership group will have his/her own team or multiple teams to focus on specific deliv- erables. Additionally, with the help of newly appointed co-chair Robb Frimming, the FIRST Committee will work closely with FTA’s Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) to turn today ’s research into tomorrow ’s specifications. Mazur concluded, “As FIRST is meant to be a living document, it is constantly evolving to address the current needs of the customers’ graphic requirements. As such, we are always looking for new members to join the FIRST Com- mittee and lend their expertise. So volunteer today!” Those looking to join the FIRST Committee can contact FTA’s Man- ager of Educational Services, Shelley Rubin at 631-737-6020 ext. 36 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. FTA Selects Theme, Unveils Logo for 2013 Annual Forum in San Diego More than 1,600 flexographic printing professionals will descend on San Diego, CA on April 28 - May 1, 2013 for FTA’s 55th Annual Forum. Next year’s theme, “Right Here. Right Now. ” will be the focus of the four-day affair. Billed as the industry ’s premier learning and networking event, the 2013 technical conference is chaired by Bob Mullen, Sun Chemical Corp. and Pepper Stokes, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles. “ T he theme of ‘Right Here. Right Now.’ was selected because it is the crux of the proceedings,” said Mullen. “Every- thing you need to know to maximize and sustain success in today ’s challenging and ever-changing print environment will be discussed, right here (in San Diego) and right now (April 28-May 1). ” The Marriott Marquis & Marina—Forum Headquarters—recently completed a $200 million renovation, including 1,360 remodeled rooms and suites with sweeping bay views of the hotel’s private marina on San Diego Bay. Steps away is the convention center, where Forum’s sister event, the INFO*FLEX Exhibition will take place. Both venues are minutes from the world-famous San Diego Zoo and close to the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter entertainment district and Seaport Village. Both are known for world-class dining and nightlife. Mark Mazur, FIRST chair 12 FLEXO OcTObeR 2012 www.flexography.org