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FLEXO Magazine : January 2013
publisher’s ink Common Minds, Passionate Pursuits From forecasts to think tanks—the flexographic printing, packaging and con- verting trade is being depicted as “flourishing,” “innovative” and “poised for significant growth in the near-term future.” This January: FLEXO partners with a contingent of industry experts in presenting: Members & Mindsets: A FLEXO Think Tank. The consensus of opinion: “These are exciting times for a dynamic, changing industry. ” Analyses covers topics ranging from consumer product company (CPC) and retailer focus to process improvement strategies, color and complexity and optimizing modern technologies; then on to workforce development, the passion for excellence and the push toward standard- ization. The collection will certainly get flexographers thinking. That’s exactly what it was meant to do. The following pages are filled with numbers and concepts, statistics and analy- sis, perceptions on performance, premonitions and predictions, etc., etc. Insights offered are both informative and extensive. Long held Flexographic Technical As- sociation positions are reinforced, reiterated and expounded upon. Clear metrics for continuous improvement are laid out in step-by-step fashion. RENEWED ENTHUSIASM At the start of the year, flexographers are talking about a renewed commitment to eradicating inconsistency, doing things right the first time, reducing waste and applying the principles of statistical process control. Strengthening the process to make flexographic printers attractive to future customers remains their consum- mate goal. They have taken to building essential tool sets and realizing that compe- tition demands ensuring efficiency of operations. Data-driven decisions are becoming commonplace. Strong leadership and ef- fective methodologies are being linked to quality production. The thought is: it takes organizational excellence in a global economy to remain relevant. The story doesn’t stop here. Creative minds and diverse products are making a specialized industry strong. We’re capitalizing on the advantages of modern technology and we’re equipped to deal with quick setup at short notification. Packaging’s printers and converters are re-establishing the connection between the consumer, product and brand. As they solve problems, they create opportunities. Good news, it seems, is everywhere! CULTURE & CONTROL Critical to transitioning work from offset or gravure to flexo is the ability to deliver on our promise of “benefits without detractions. ” F lexo’s practitioners are taking the charge to heart. They appreciate the fact that packaging encompasses creative, technical and manufacturing elements. Industry-wide, they ’ve become engaged in the active pursuit of the establishment of a global print standard. Process improve- ment has become synonymous with positive investment. Accountability and achievement are the cornerstones of our newfound culture of control, where Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances have become the de facto standard for color communications, as well as other forms of critical information exchange. Consistency and repeatability are taking hold. This fast paced, formidable and lucrative market, with a print process in control, is destined for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013! 8 FleXO january 2013 www.flexography.org FTA TODay FTA Board of Directors FFTA Board of Trustees Greg Platt FTA Chairman of the Board Southern Graphic Systems Jim Nelson FFTA Chairman of the Board Great Lakes Packaging Corporation Lon Robinson III FTA Chair-Elect Tension Corporation Dan Doherty FTA/FFTA Treasurer Prairie State Group Danny Christianson FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships Farnell Packaging Ltd. Eric Jones FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluations The Label Company Allen Marquardt FTA Vice Chair, Education/CPCs Kimberly-Clark Corporation Michael Reinhardt FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation Hank Welter FTA Vice Chair, Printers/Converters Exopack Mark Cisternino President Flexographic Technical Association Jason Barrier Printpack John Crammer Best Label Jack Fulton Printron Peter Hartman FLEXO Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee Richard Cervarich DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes All Printing Resources Jean Jackson Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys Staples Print Solutions John Meyer Color Resolutions International David Nunez International Paper John Paine C-P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson Encore Washington Ltd.