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FLEXO Magazine : May 2008
FTA TODAY Heard From the Hall FTA's Most Elite Society: Its Hall of Fame Issues Historical Perspective, Looks to Future Good and welfare of an industry, as well as its continued ad- vancement have always stood at the forefront of the minds of members of the elite cadre that is the Flexographic Technical Association's (FTA) Hall of Fame. Now numbering 46, it includes many originalfounders, as well as active, engaged, modern-day flexographers. In celebration of FTA's 50th anniversary, FLEXO reached out to as many members of this prestigious society as it could contact, and asked them to reflect and comment on the past, present and future. Nine-Wally Nard,]erry Shields, Tony Bart,]ohn Shreve, Ron Harper, Fred Shapiro, Denny McGee, Bruce Riddell and]ean Jackson -sat for the interoiew. Their inspiring words follow. Presented here, is an excerptfromfar more extensive coverage (to include personally penned anecdotes from other Hall of Fame members) contained in FTA's Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal. That publication, a historical timeline and pictorial sa- lute, was just released at the organization's 2008 Annual Forum. The event celebrated FT A and its tradition: "50 Years of Making Flexo Stronger." What do you consider FTA's most significant contributions to the industry-beginning in the 19605, and continuing through the 19705, 19805, 19905 and the present day? NARD: In the 1960s, reverse-angle doctor blades were in- troduced and FTA was able to bring this new technology to the industry through its workshops. In the 1970s, photopoly- mer plates were introduced commercially and FTA was a great forum to discuss the pros and cons between rubber plates and polymer plates. In the 1980s, we celebrated our 25th year in Bal Harbour, FL, and our 30th year in Nashville. They were two milestones in the growth of our association and industry. www.flexography.org MAY 2008 FLEXO -