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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
THE 19705 "In 1958, the promise of the flexographic printing system had excited a good number of those involved to form a Flexographic Technical Association. Charged with creating a forum to provide a mech- anism for spreading the knowledge of improving technology of what they believed to be a new, major printing process. ...This 5,500 sq. ft. facility is the bricks and mortar ves- tige of continuing intent. It is needed to house a professional staff, implement more than 35 programs and produce media now involved and needed in the future to produce the forum necessary to advance flexography in the U.S." -Warren Taylor, FTA President, Dedicatinq FTA Hqs., 1978 The first FlexographicjGravure Seminar, co-sponsored by FTA and the Gravure Technical Association, is held Dec. 5-6 at the Sheraton LaGuardia Inn, Elmhurst, NY. Attendance topped 200. The program covers press operations, plates, prepress graphics and educational opportunities. James Love serves as chairman. 1977 1977-FTA survey indicates value of shipments of products printed flexographically has reached $7 billion. Flexo's share of the printing and publishing market is estimated at 15 percent; more importantly, its share of the packaging market is calculated out to 60 percent. Findings result from queries mailed to more than 3,500 plants and 5,000 individuals in the u.S. and Canada in the year-long survey process. Response rate = 11 percent. FFTA's One-Day Flexible Packaging Workshop program opens in September in Philadelphia, PA, marking the 18th consecutive year such events take place. FFTA Narrow Web and Flexible Packaging Workshops occur the same day-Nov. 5 in Springfield, MA. FTA set a precedent in 1976 and partnered with Gravure Association of America on a Flexo/Gravure Seminar. Above is th extensive cover- age. as presented in the Flexoqraphic Technical Journal. "A few short years ago, waste handling would not have been a suitable topic for an FTA Forum, the main reason being that you had more important things to discuss in those years, when waste inks and solids were handled together, probably going to a burning dump nearby, or in some areas, possibly to a sanitary landfill site. Hauling distances were short. Dumping fees were small or non-existant. Cost of disposal was insignificant. Disposal of gaseous waste was even simpler. It went up the stack and disappeared. For some of us this situation still exists. Most of us have had to make changes...As we all know, the reason waste disposal is more important now than a few years ago, is the impact of government regulations. It's important to most of us because it is costing a considerable amount of money and it is going to cost more." -Don Van den Branden, introducinq Waste Handlinq Session, FFTA Forum, 1978
Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008