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FLEXO Magazine : April 2008
FTA TODAY are used to produce a very wide variety of consumer packaging, our R D and technical service people could not adequately do their job and differentiate us from our competitors. FTA is the place we rely on for this knowledge and we have never been let down. VREELAND: Being the Chairman of the FFTA was a great experience for me. It taught me a lesson in dealing with people and businesses. There is very rarely a majority of people or businesses that like every program that the FTA sponsors, and it really takes a lot of effort to please everyone. That is why the FTA/FFTA is where it is today, because you have to be a good listener and pick and chose the programs that will benefit the membership. I truly feel it's the reason why flexography has progressed from a "marking" system to a very quality cost- effective printing process. COLLINS: The ideas and resources obtained through in- teraction with the FT A and at FT A events have allowed me to dramatically expand my printing knowledge and have enabled my company to pursue and master emerging flexographic technologies which have facilitated a 10-fold improvement in our printing capabilities and quality during the past 10 to IS years. Where would you like to see FFfA 90 from here? LANCELLE: After having the opportunity to represent FTA/ FFTA during a visit to the Australian FTA Forum last year (See FLEXO, December 2007, page 14), it became evidently appar- ent that FT A/FFT A is viewed by our counterparts as the leading technical resource for our industry worldwide. It became some- what of a personal mission that our Association continues to build upon our international allegiances in the promotion and growth of flexo. It's certainly no profound statement to say that the world is continuing to get smaller. Particularly through the development of TEST and the latest version of FIRST, the opportunity lies before us to reach out to the industry internationally through our allied associations. I would certainly like to see increased interaction and common- ality in endeavors between FTA/FFTA and our allegiant associa- tions. Our entire membership base would benefit from efforts of this type, and the time is upon us for action. We should also continue to nurture and expand upon our ex- isting relationships with associations like PIA/GATF and TLMI. H FIRST is the project that stands out as one of the Association's most meaningful contributions to the industry. Process control de- mands FTA's attention and through continuous update of FIRST, it gets it." -Ed Lieb, past chairman, FFTA Board of Trustees It will help toward expanding our reach in the promotion and development of opportunities for our membership. There is also a definite need to continue to build upon the momentum gained through SPI in achieving renewed membership involve- ment, particularly from the printer/converter and consumer product company segments, in the ongoing development of the association's strategies and programs. NIEMAN: Our industry faces a number of continued chal- lenges (such as from alternative print methods, increased cost pressure, speed to market, consistency of quality) and some new ones (like sustainability initiatives). In addition, all com- panies must continue to look at what associations are viewed as having value and warrant the investment (both financially and intellectually). It is critical in my mind that if the FTA is going to continue to warrant investment in time and money by membership that it strives to develop more cost-effective training initiatives to provide education to all members, large and small, and to all areas, from prepress to the pressroom. FTA must also continue a leadership position in creating standards with initiatives such as FIRST and G7. Finally, FTA must take a leadership position to seek out new value added services to assist members in their overall efforts to keep flexo vibrant, growing, and to meet the ever changing challenges we all face. HFlexo will never again be thought of as second or third best. I credit FTA and the membership for this achievement. Then and now, FTA is the place to go for technical knowledge. I have always been impressed with the willingness of Flexo people to share their knowledge for the good of all." -Georqe Sickinqer, past chair, FFTA Board of Trustees - APRI L 2008 www.flexography.org FLEXO