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FLEXO Magazine : February 2013
areas and advise our division leadership team when there is something we need to be aware of on the horizon. FLEXO: Can you explain the value of FTA membership to your firm and comment on the most significant takeaways from the association’s recent meetings, training programs or printed educational materials? PARKES: The main benefit to our FTA membership is the ac- cess it affords us. Access to the world-class training programs developed by the Technical Education Services team (TEST), access to FIRST practices and access to conferences and the annual Forum are essential. Each one of our press operators is FIRST Level 3 certified. All of our support staff has com- pleted either Level 1 or Level 2 certification as well. American Graphics utilizes FIRST principles on a daily basis and sends several people to the annual Forum, as well as various train- ing seminars throughout the year. FLEXO: Finally, if you have capital improvement plans under development/implementation, what are they and how will they change the face of your business as we move into the future? PARKES: Capital improvement projects are always in process in one area or another. The organization strongly insists that the best people and practices can be marginalized without access to the best equipment. To those ends, we are constantly monitor- ing advances in the industry and actively engaging ownership in exercises to evaluate where to best allocate capital. Formally known as All Stick Label Ltd., ASL Print FX has been on the forefront of the pressure sensitive label and flex- ible packaging industries. With its proprietary HDFX, the firm has been wowing customers with near-photographic image reproduction. Since 2005, ASL Print FX has invested more than $8 million in high definition print and prepress technol- ogy. The company boasts 12 printing presses that deliver up to 12 stations with foils, silkscreens, raised textures, scratch ‘n reveal, variable data, laminations and effect varnishes—all in a single pass. FLEXO: Can you begin by assessing the state-of-the-industry, as it exists today? What are the top priorities and challenges? Is growth, both in volume and dollar sales likely this year and into the future? Why? STACY DALY: We are starting to see change in print jobs, in part because of moving around with mergers and plant closings. Growth will come from plant closures, but the real growth isn’t fully realized. The industry ’s challenges will always be trying to keep cost down, such as substrates, ink prices and labor. ASL PPRINTFX, WooDbRIDgE, oN, CANADA • Ability to print a 20 micron dot, producing near-pho- tographic images • HDFX systems allows for texture, contrast, color or additional print space to a package • 100 percent of prepress services are in-house • 12 printing presses deliver up to 12 stations with foils, silkscreens, raised textures, scratch ‘n reveal, vari- able data and more 44 FLEXO february 2013 www.flexography.org aSL Print fX employees confer over a job. FTA MEMbERSHIP PoRTRAIT: