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FLEXO Magazine : December 2012
Fame is the ultimate recognition in our industry. I am very, very proud to have attained that honor.” • FTA’s regional networking groups continue to provide an inexpensive way for industry professionals to participate in discussions ranging from best practices, quality and profitability. From the Great Lakes to New York, there are network groups available throughout the country. To find out more visit the Conference & Events page at www. flexography.org. • San Diego, CA – The “Gold Mine of Solutions,” INFO*FLEX, heads back to California in 2013. From April 29-30 , more than 1,600 printers, converters, package buy- ers and customers will head to the San Diego Conven- tion Center for the single-most cost-effective means to generate visibility and income-producing leads for your company: INFO*FLEX. The event is already at 90 percent sold, so visit the Conference & Events page at www.flexography.org for more information and a booth contract! For the 55th year, the FTA Annual Forum will be linking flexographic industry professionals together for stimu- lating sessions and hearty discussions. Some of the sessions include Emerging Trends, Expanded Gamut, Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC), food safety discus- sion, and more. Held at the Marriot Marquis & Marina, the Forum will be only steps away from the INFO*FLEX Exhibition. The theme: “Right Here. Right Now.” • FLEXO delved deep into the world of printing in Sep- tember. A broad and intriguing picture was created through conversations with companies in the corrugated and label markets. A current trend emerged from the discussions: innovation fuels growth. Without innovation, the industry will stagnate. It is the ability of the printer to remain flexible to change and remaining keen to new technology that will increase production dramatically. Digital platemaking came out as one of those innovations that have achieved improvements in prepress, time sav- ing initiatives. Here is what printers are telling FLEXO: “Standardize and simplify the process. ” “We can improve and enhance the skills of pressroom personnel through continuous improvement and certi- fications. ” “The industry has moved from ‘printing craftsmen’ to knowledge/fact-based technological printing. We stan- dardize everywhere we can.” • In FLEXO, December ’s issue has a number of “firsts”. In an effort to prove flexography ’s might, Best Label shows how to print to the numbers by running the cover of the 2013 Sourcebook. Publisher Bob Moran was on-site to witness the run first-hand. Also, look in this issue for all the tradeshows flexo firms will be attending in 2013 with FLEXO’s Trade Show in Print. First up for 2013: our intro- ductory Think Tank and Forecast. n www.flexography.org december 2012 FLEXO 55 120613_NExT_equipment_3.875x10.indd 1 20.06.2012 14:16:08 Call For EntriEs SubmiSSion deadline: January 11, 2013 www.flexography.org Show off a little Go Ahead... 2013 FTa excellence in Flexography awards Competition Now is the time to start thinking about which printed pieces you will enter into the industry’s most respected and prestigious awards competition. All flexographic printers/converters, print buyers, suppliers, students and designers are invited to participate.