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FLEXO Magazine : May 2008
FTA TODAY z - VI ... D: III :z: VI - .... III :) a. A Tradition of Excellence... Results are in. Winners have been an- nounced. Print samples are on display and the Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association's 2008 Annual Forum is underway. Excellence is on parade. It's represented by: · 147 award-winning pieces of flexographically printed work, each one of which, in keeping to long-standing tradition, is showcased on FLEXO's May 2008 pages. · 11 sessions. · 60+ speakers. · Eight hours of exhibition time and 160+ exhibitors, occupying nearly 200 booths. Plus, a presentation theater located right on the trade floor. There is no better setting than Forum and INFO*FLEX, and no better occasion than the celebration of FTA's Golden Anniversary to herald the latest accomplish- ments of our industry, side by side with reminders of some of the greatest innova- tions and most significant engineering feats that flexographers have ever turned in. FTA's story, taking place this moment in Dallas, TX, is so big that it requires three separate editions to tell: 1. FLEXO's April Official INFO*FLEX Exhibit Guide-ll0 pages, complete with a color-coded floorplan identifying exhibitors and the product lines carried 2. FLEXO's May Excellence in Flexography Awards Recap-this edition-at 126 pages. Other prominent features include a Hall of Fame Salute and a special report on the 2008 Technical Innovation Award. 3. FTA's Golden Anniversary Commemorative Joumal-a limited edition, 132-page, Historical Timeline and Pictorial Salute. Previews of what it con- tains, namely excerpts from interviews with a large contingent of Hall of Fame members; as well as past, present and future board chairman, have been folded into FLEXO's April and May issues. The step is designed to whet the appetite. What is said and recalled is truly enlightening. That's a whopping 368 pages! It's all been produced and printed before the Forum even takes place. Almost 2,000 of us are coming together in Dallas to focus on "50 Years of Making Flexo Stronger" -the theme for the four-day event. While here, we'll experience the gala, first hand. We'll be networking on the INFO*FLEX floor, as well as in the Anatole's lobbies and lounges. We'll be rekindling old friendships, while remember- ing the organization's founding fathers and the visions they had for the FTA. We'll recall maj or innovations and the profound effects they had on the business. And, we'll take in new information by direct exposure to in-depth insights into meeting today's challenges. We'll draw on the first-hand experiences of peers, who identified solutions and now stand willing to share their results for the benefits of the industry. As we look back at the road traveled, we'll examine the new directions ahead. We'll remember the past, live in the present and plan for the future. When all is said and done, attendees will identify with FTA, its mission, its members and the present state of the global package printing and converting community. Those who simply can't be there can count on FLEXO to recap the full program this June. Experience the excitement! Breed new enthusiasm! Identify some good ideas. Take the great ones home and put them to work for you. Remember to plan early, reserve May 3-6, 2009 on your personal calendar. Forum 2009, set for Disney's Coronado Spring Resort, is already well into the planning : : ; :a ti:': ; ;:::: : ; -"- in September 1958. - MAY 2008 www.flexography.org FLEXO Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, Aquaflex Greg Collins, C- P Flexible Packaging Michael Ferrari, Procter 8( Gamble Gary Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Allison Systems Eric Jones, The Label Company Paul Lancelle, Green Bay Engraving Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. Matt Moffett, The Meyers Printing Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress David Straten, Advance Packaging Corp. Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller 8( Hoelscher Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, Aquaflex Greg Collins, C- P Flexible Packaging Michael Ferrari, Procter 8( Gamble Gary Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Allison Systems Eric Jones, The Label Company Paul Lancelle, Green Bay Engraving Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. Matt Moffett, The Meyers Printing Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress David Straten, Advance Packaging Corp. Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller 8( Hoelscher Mark Cisternino Raymond W. Bodwell, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Allison Systems Corp. John Meyer, Western Michigan University Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd.