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FLEXO Magazine : May 2008
FTA TODAY This Month in FTA History... 1961-FTA One Day Workshops are set for May 6 in Los Angeles, CA, May 13 in San Francisco, CA and May 20 in Portland, OR. They are three of 16 such events set for the year and dotting the April- December calendar. Chairing the overall program is Douglas Tuttle. Workshop Committee Members are: Bruce Gibson, William Donahue, Heinz John, George Carbone, and R.H. Hartmeier. 1965-FTA notes milestone, con- firmed by u.S. Government. Synopsis of Commerce Department Report "1963 Census of Manufacturers." Quote of note: "surprisingly strong surge by flexographic printing during the period 1958-1963 has virtually equaled gains made by offset lithography.... Flexography's gain in dollar value of manufacturers' printing ink ship- ments rose 41.4 percent in the period, only slightly below offset's 42.5 percent." 1966---Addressing 350 delegates to FTA's Eighth Annual Forum, Henry Kulwicki delivers a presentation entitled, "Printing Corrugated with Flexo: Growing Pains in aNew Dimension." Statistics re- layed: the first flexo printer slotter units were installed in 1957; first machines designed for production started up in 1962 and proved to be prototypes. In 1963, pro- duction models were released for sale. u.S. placement rose from seven units in 1962 to 16 in 1963, 18 in 1964,38 in 1965 and 75 in 1966. 1973-15th Annual FTA Forum attracts 368. It's held at N ew York's Commodore Hotel. Attendees hear from Dr. Rober Lauchon. His message: the photopolymer plate now offers flexographers the ease of platemaking formerly reserved for the offset industry. 1986---drupa 86, the 9th International Fair for Printing and Paper is held in Dusseldorf, Germany, May 2 - 15. It at- tracts 1,300 exhibitors and 300,000 visitors. FTA reps are on hand. FLEXO prepares two-part preview, files follow-up reports from the show floor. Intro of 8-color CI press is pending. Operations Roundtable set for Chicago on the 29th. FLEXO ESPAÑOL makes its debut. 1997-Question of the moment- Who's on FIRST. Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances, an FFTA workbook is being readied. The goal: improve quality and consis- tency through improved communication Periodic updates on the plan are outline in the pages of FLEXO, beginning in May. The magazine also distributes a game-card like scratch-off cover, printed flexographi- cally, with the help of SonocoEngraf at Forum. Also bound in: FTA's Publications, Services and Events Guide. 2001-Project FOG-Print samples are compared, flexo takes on the competition: offset and gravure. Forum session takes on World Wrestling Federation look. Dave Horsman, Forum chair explains in FLEXO, "In this new century, we have actually decided to put flexo to the test and have chal- lenged to print jobs tradition- ally printed rotogravure or offset. The audience at the general session will compare the pieces against the origi- nal." FTA presidency formally transfers to Mark Cisternino from Bill Dowdell at the May 6 Forum. Priorities remain: changing needs ofFTA mem- bers; broadening of volunteer May involvement; investment of resources to maximize return to membership; cultivat- ing staff skills and broadening relations with the educational community. - MAY 2008 FLEXO www.flexography.org