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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
THE 19805 "Tomorrow's trend is already in the embryo stage somewhere and is begging for recognition....Our task is to have you wake up to the reality of the world around you and recognize your opportunity to stay in the race." -D.G. Flury, FFTA 7982 Forum Chairman 1983-Plans to produce FTA's 25th Anniversary Souvenir Journal are announced. It is to be a fact book about the flexographic industry and its Association. 215,000,000 pounds of flexo inks-75 percent water-based / 25 percent solvent-based-are used each year, representing $1.5 billion. FTA publications, to include the Member Directory and Source Guide, were common sights at flexographic printing plants of the 1980s. 1983 FTA published a 25th Anniversary Souvenir Journal in 1983. Opening pages concentrate on those there at the very beginning. Initial contributions to FTA's Library of Flexography begin coming in, including five pages of printing incunabula from the Gutenberg era and the promise of an early flexographic press. 1984 1984-Flexographers have made significant reductions in emissions through good housekeeping, solvent control, use of low-solvent inks, where possible, and especially through the use of water-based inks for printing on porous substrates. Few add-on technologies have shown some potential for emission control in the future. No one had installed incin- erator equipment to date. Fugitive emissions are estimated at 50 percent (capture efficiency 50 percent), not 30 percent as expected in the 1978 CTG. Use of enclosed doctor blade systems is expected to reduce emissions. Converters and ink suppliers explored EPA regulations and compliance deadlines at a December 1983 conference. Chairing the event and seated at center, was FTA President James Weston. To his immediate left is Macolm MacArthur, FPA; with converters to his left. To Weston's right is Richard Lillquist, FPA President. To Lillquist's right are the ink suppliers. 58 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal
Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008