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FLEXO Magazine : March 2008
FTA TODAY www.flexography.org MARCH 2008 FLEXO 61 Stone continued, "Some companies later purchased by Flint, had roots even farther back. In Europe, one of our predecessor companies, Manders, dates to 1773 in the UK." Subsidiaries, like Cal Ink, Berkeley, CA, themselves, were FTA members prior to their affiliation with Flint. That location, as well as others---De- troit, Ann Arbor, Plymouth, etc. appear in familiar places on FTA member rosters from year-to-year. The front office itself, in the past, was no stranger to FTA. In 2003, Howard Flint III, then chairman and CEO, told FLEXO, "Flexography's challenges are in three areas. We need to con- tinue to make advances in process controls and print quality in order to close the gap with litho and gravure. Second, we need to adapt the new UV and EB ink and coating cure technologies for use on a wider variety of substrates. Third, new prepress technologies need to be integrated into flexo." Those words echoed similar sentiments that Flint had expressed one year earlier in FLEXO's "Who's Who in Flexography." Over the decades that Flint has been associated with FTA, Stone said, "Many companies were folded into the Flint family, and the company name changed to Flint Ink, then Flint Group. The result: a much broader geographic representation and product port- folio, including flexographic inks. Today, this worldwide organiza- tion offers printing inks for all applications, as well as pigments, plates, blankets, and other press- room consumables." Stone further noted, "Flint Group does still offer news inks, but the technology has increased dramatically. Could our founder have imagined the color or UV inks that we have today? Probably not, though he was a visionary. We've also expanded far beyond news inks, offering flexographic, sheetfed, gravure, heatset and energy-curable inks for the packaging, publication and commer- cial markets. Our client base, which is as broad as the segments described above, spans the world. We have approximately 140 locations and 8,300 employees serving customers around the globe." CONNECTING WITH CUSTOMERS "The industry has changed drastically since our company was founded," Stone stated. "One thing never has changed: custom- ers must be able to depend on their suppliers. Of course, other things have certainly changed: Printing technology has become increasingly complex, meaning staff in modern-day companies have a lot more to know; Suppliers and customers alike must understand the blend of art and science that is now the print- ing world, compared to the more 'craft'-oriented industry of yesteryear. "Customers are more global, meaning they have more com- plex needs and stronger buying power; Raw material purchasing has become more global and challenging," she concluded. FTA & FLINT At present, Flint Group remains a fixture at FTA's INFO*FLEX exhibitions. Its employees frequently serve on the association's volunteer committees, speak at conferences and functions and pen articles (see page 26) for FLEXO---The Official Voice of the FTA. One highly visible Flint executive is Mike Impastato, vice president, business development. He sits on the Board of Directors, as well as the Foundation of FTA's Board of Trustees. Impastato recently offered this personal view of the associa- tion he has long been involved with. "FTA is an organization of members. All trade organiza- tions exist for the benefit of members and industry. But, FTA is different than most trade associations. FTA is an associa- tion 'for' its members and 'of ' it members." Elaborating on the point, he said, "Many trade associations have a staff of full-time profes- sionals which run the associa- tion's daily activities and direct its focus and strategies. But, FTA is different. It is true, FTA has a professional staff, which runs the day-to-day activities of the association; but at FTA, the members define and direct the strategies and the activities. "There are not many associa- tions of this size which have this degree of membership par- ticipation. This has focused FTA on issues which are relevant to the members; and are key and significant to the industry," Impastato maintained. "I have found that the greater value of membership is not what is presented to the member, but is what a member gets from participation." Continuing to offer comments along that thought process, Impastato listed five definite benefits that he draws and that he believes all members can draw from their interaction with FTA. "By participating in your association: You get a voice in the direction of the association. 1. You get to define what is important to the industry. 2. You get exposed to the leading-edge technologies. 3. You get to determine and define the standards for the 4. industry. You get to meet the leaders of the industry; and collabo- 5. rate with them to make your industry better, and your business better. "At least that's what FTA has meant to me!"