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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
THE EARLY DAYS "Good morning...lt seems to me this is one of those rare occasions that should be heralded by trumpets... It's a very significant day in flexographic printing, and it is a very important day for FTA. It is an honor and privilege to be the chairman of the first Technical Seminar of FTA...AII three seminars of this meeting have been based around the theme of 'Finding the Answers' pertaining to flexographic inks as they relate to the various problems of flexographic printing." -Alexander Bradie, Chairman, Ink Solvents, Their Purpose & Suitability, FTA Forum, 1959 FIRST FORUM Hotel Biltmore, N ew York, NY Feb. 5, 1959-Theme: Find the Answers Inks, Solvents, Their Purposes and Suitability Session Chairs: Alexander R. Bradie; Robert Zuckerman; Frank Brey "We staged the first Technical Forum with less than four months of preparation. It was a crash program. Our Forum chairman did a magnificent job. Editorial comment afterward was uniformly favorable. So were letters from members and guests that indicated they got a lot from the discussions. We feel that FTA made a positive contribution to the literature of flexography with its subsequent report of the Proceedings. ... But what are we going to do for an encore?" -Julian Ross, FfA Executive Secretary, 1959 "Total coverage of one of our primary concerns-ink-will produce a highly profitable interchange of experience... and point the way to those research programs that audience partici- pation reveals as most demanding." -Karl Weilc, FfA President, 1959, on planning the .first FfA Technical Forum "The flexographic printer, invading a new field, has cer- tainly established himself in a surprising short time as one of the most indispensable members of the graphic arts. He has helped to extend, improve and preserve our food supplies. He has put new products on our pantry shelves. He has changed and benefited the appearance of our homes. His contributions to our culture and economy are in direct ratio to the quantity of material that he mass produces....Printing is essential to modern living. The printer's influence in what we eat, what we wear, where and how we live, what we think, even how we wor- ship, is greater than most of us realize." -Hon. Raymond Blattenberger, Pubic Printer of the U.S., 1959 FfA Forum Luncheon Speaker 12 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal "Trade associations are part of a great experiment in democ- racy., a bulwark against government regulation and dictator- ship, a protector of our free-enterprise system. To preserve that freedom of enterprise, we must work together through them and our technical groups to educate, and, if necessary, police our industry. Unbridled competition is wasteful; intelligent competition is not. "Association activity, considered in its broadest aspects, makes for more intelligent production, distribution, and sell- ing; and brings us closer to our goal of 'more things for more people.' When I say 'Good luck' to our newest association in the graphic arts, I am extending congratulations to everybody, ev- erywhere who uses the product of the printing press." -Hon. Raymond Blattenberger, Pubic Printer of the U.S., 1959 FfA Forum Luncheon Speaker "Mr. President, members and guests of FTA: all of us who run roll-to-roll flexographic print- ing equipment are aware of the fact that we have to concern ourselves with three variables, no matter what kind of equipment we have, how fast we run, or how many colors are involved. These variables are the unwind tension, the re- wind tension and the ink viscosity." -Robert Zuckerman, Chairman, Automatic 8( Manual Controls for Ink Viscosi , 1959 FfA Forum "Today, the flexographic industry finds itself in a very un- usual position. The converter is caught in the crossfire of rising costs, decreasing prices, increasing volume and decreasing profits. What factors contributed to plunging the industry into this economic quicksand? The reasons heard vary from the cry that competition is too tough, to the mournful wail that the buyers are unreasonable. In retrospect, it appears that both converter and customer must share a portion of the blame." -C. Wayne Barlow, Buyer, Plastic Display Printing, Sears Roebuclc, 1959 FfA Forum
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