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FLEXO Magazine : April 2008
FTA TODAY UThe true success of the organization is in the hands of the members by their response and support of FTA." -Frank Anthony, past chairman, FTA Board of Directors SCHLIESMANN: FTA needs to continue to refine the value it brings to its customers, the flexo printing industry. In today's changing world of budget cutbacks and industry consolida- tions, training becomes even more important and relevant. The opportunity is there for FTA to certainly help fill this role. My hope is that the TEST initiative will help FTA continue to be a valuable asset to the flexo industry. ANTHONY: FTA has numerous ways for its members to respond as to how they are doing and more important what they should be doing next. The true success of the orga- nization is in the hands of the members by their re- sponse and support of FTA. SICKINGER: As far as the future is concerned, FTA must continue to be the technical go-to place. Today, the hot topic is sustainability. Sustainability is both the right and the patriotic thing to do, and I don't see this as a topic that will fade away. FTA should playa leadership role in the movement and pose the right questions, such as: How can printing plates, inks and coating be made of more renewable sources? Does the use of solvent ink have a place in the sustainability movement? Are packag- ing designers in the loop? How can the FTA help members go from "Lean to Green?" UFTA's greatest contribution to our industry is, first and fore- most, education. It's available to our membership through the FFTA's training programs and publications, and their contribu- tion to educating high school and college students through industry participation, as well as the FFTA's work with the Phoenix Challenge." -Howard Vreeland, Jr., past chairman, FFTA Board of Trustees MULLEN: Like any other major trade group I know, FTA/FFTA is contin- ually working to re-invent itself and to remain the viable organization that it has been for five decades now. Management has worked very hard and I just want, more than any- thing, to see the members of the flexographic print- ing community continue to show their support. Attend the workshops and Forums! Purchase the ma- terials! Become active in an internal FTA group! Extend your congratulations to a hell of an organization for a wonderful SO years! HOCKING: The flexo industry has matured. It's easy for a technical association to thrive when an industry is new and growing. Maturity does mean the needs of the members are/ will be different and FTA's goal is to meet these needs. This is a broad answer to a complicated question and I trust the current Board of Directors and FTA staff are up to the challenge. LIEB: FTA must provide leadership and guidance as we face the challenges presented by rapid technological developments and globalization. - FLEXO VREELAND: FTA/FFTA needs to continue to press the membership to move forward and com- pete with other printing processes, while remain- ing price competitive. Education is a must, and we need to continue the educational process with our members as well as educational institutions. If we can bring flexo trained personnel to our workforce, we will be much farther ahead than if we have to train people on the "fly." COLLINS: The key focus I would like to see, and one of the primary objectives of the Strategic Planning Initiative and its Leadership Councils is to build better bridges between FTA and its mem- bers. The key to FTA's success is member involvement and developing an organizational environment which focuses on continuous change to meet current members' and member companies' needs for information, technology, and business practices. The SPI/LC process is the best way to accomplish that goal. It provides a forum for members to help identify the best path forward for the FTA and defines where the FTA's resources are best utilized to provide the biggest benefit to its members. . APRI L 2008 www.flexography.org