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FLEXO Magazine : December 2012
• Safety and security issues related to packaging mate- rial in primary contact with the food will be paramount. The customer is becoming vigilant on health issues like, acute, sub-acute and chronic illnesses; and realizes that possible chemical migration from the improper pack- ages during different storage can lead to chronic cases. Since 2000, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has promoted continuous improvement in food safety management systems. Safe Quality Food (SQF) is among the certification programs recognized by GFSI. As more and more retailers are requiring their supply chain to meet GFSI standards, printers engaged in food packag- ing are being required to become certified. On June 14, FTA offered a free member webinar entitled Focusing on Understanding GFSI and SQF Certification. Nearly 100 members attended this informative presentation given by Peter Cicero of Capjem Consulting. COVER STORIES • Plastic Packaging Inc. (PPI) in Hickory, NC, is at the cutting edge in terms of capabilities, services and em- ployee training. Through capital improvements, the firm has dramatically improved its environmental footprint and, in turn, profits. The company is also committed to its employee’s development. PPI was one of the first North American companies to implement the FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances) Operator Certification program. By build- ing confidences in employees, providing them with the most up-to-date equipment available, and allowing them to take part in the success of the company, PPI has cemented itself as one of North America’s premier flexographic printers. • PaperWorks Industries became a leading North Ameri- can, full-service packaging provider by leveraging the strength of its biggest assets: two, well-established paper mills and one of the most robust recycling centers in the country. As one of the largest, independent coated re- cycled board (CRB) mills in the United States, it is almost surprising to learn that this is a relatively new company; being formed from a merger in 2008. And, since 2011, the company has nearly doubled in size. The driving force behind PaperWorks is its sustainability efforts. Commit- ment to its green philosophy includes a Forest Steward- ship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certifications for its Packaging Group. • The 54th Annual FTA Forum and the 30th Anniversary INFO*FLEX exhibition was held from March 18-21 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX , where, with seven sessions and 45+ presentations—the entire printing, packaging and converting trade was covered. Discus- sions centered on presses, inks, substrates, plates, anilox rolls and graphics. Printers described a dynamic industry and discussed the technology they use to beat 48 FLEXO december 2012 www.flexography.org