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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
"FTA membership is essential be- cause the organization brings a focus to an entire industry. Through our mem- bership, we have access to people, tools, programs, and materials we would not normally have. FTA membership moves the industry forward by bringing what we, as individuals, have learned and making it available to the industry, so we all can move forward." -Joseph T. McCarthy, Senior Research Scientist, International Paper "Over the years, FTA has proved to be an essential resource for, and guide to, the identification and imple- mentation of the best practices in our industry. Thanks to all of you for your comprehensive efforts. Congratulations!" -Jon Pollock, Director of Technical Services, Cello tape "FT A serves as a very useful re- source for educational forums, infor- mation-sharing, updates and insights into the flexographic printing and converting marketplace. By continu- ing to offer tools and information in this way, as well as continuing to respond to member feedback, FTA will continue to be a very valued organiza- tion to the flexo industry." -Kim Stone, Director of Marketinq, Flint Group North America "I would consider the development of FIRST to be the FTNs greatest achievement. Working in the prepress end of the flexo industry for over 25 years, I've enjoyed the evolution offlexography into the state-of-the-art medium for consumer marketing that it is today. At the onset of the "digital age" in art and prepress, things were a mess to say the least, which was to be expected. Everybody was new to the program. FTA and FIRST provided a recognized industry reference source for us, but more impor- tantly our customers, designers, and prepress suppliers." -Paul Canne, Graphics/Prepress Manaqer, C & H Packaqinq "PTA can continue to deliver benefits by staying focused on how flexography can com- pete with other print processes, such as digital, gravure and offset... The greatest chal- lenges of the 1950s involved getting operator skills raised to the level that the press could achieve its design potential. In many ways that challenge exists today as it is increasingly difficult to locate, train and retain personnel skilled at optimizing flexo pres performance. -Mark Gillis, Paper Convertinq Machine Company "To me, FTA means fellowship. FTA is an organization that allows its members to come together to learn, see what's new, and to find out you're not the only one out there with the same problem, as well as, finding out there are other ways to solve an issue." FTA's Golden Anniversary Today's Testimonials -Joseph T. McCarthy, Senior Research Scientist, International Paper "When I think of the FTA, I think of a wonderful fraternity of people who are will- ing to give of themselves for the better of the industry that we all work in , struggle in, pull our hair out in and also thrive in. Many of these people look at this association as a real opportunity, not only to help themselves, but also help one another. It does not matter if they are fierce competitors, or if they are halfway across the country, we all work together in finding ways to make our industry better and help one another. To me, the friends I have made are people I will never forget, they are special people who we can 'let our hair down' and enjoy one another without all of the other 'things' that can sometimes get in the way. We are also consummate professionals who are pas- sionate about our jobs and are willing to share insights and thoughts" -David Nunez, Graphcis Specialist/Supervisor, International Paper "We are delighted to be associated with the FFTA TEST program as the Founding Sponsors. We believe this will prove to be one of the most important educational undertakings of FFTA for years to come." "Every printer, large or small, should be a member of FTA. Technical experience from members, either through the Forum activities or from the FLEXO Magazine, has been invaluable. Having a large network of printers to talk to and network with has also been a great benefit to our organization." -Ron and Katherine Harper, Co-founders Harper Corporation of America -Bob Holmes, Production Manaqer, Pollard Banknote 94 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal
Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008