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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
VIEW FROM THE CHAIR LIEB: The most satisfying FTA project was FIRST. This project stands out as the one of the Association's most meaningful contri- butions to the industry. Process control demands FTA's attention and through continuous update of FIRST, it gets it. SICKINGER: I witnessed a number of significant changes dur- ing my six years on the FFTA/FTA Boards, particularly as FFTA Chairmen for the last three. Firstly, the level of quality of the Annual Forums improved greatly with the advancement in video and audio technology. Forum brochures became larger, more col- orful and more sophisticated. However, I believe the most strik- ing change was the acknowledgement that the quality of flexo could hold its own with gravure and offset. VREELAND: The push with the awards judging and changing the process was the biggest thing I remember. Alan Leeson and Bruce Riddell did a great job of taking this project and working with the Awards Committee to come up with a system of judging that, while slightly different today, is the same process that Alan and Bruce worked out. This process also changed how the awards were presented to the membership-a 3-hour ceremony was trimmed to 4S minutes to one-hour, max. The membership will remember that change for sure, as it made the banquet a reasonable timed event. COLLINS: I have been attending the FFTA's Annual Forum every year for the past 16 years. It is the highlight of my profes- sional calendar each year. It is a one-stop shop for new technical information, face to face discussions with every one of my pri- mary suppliers, and a great place to network with old friends and to develop new relationships. What do you consider FFfA's most significant contributions to the industry? LANCELLE: Our vision statement says it all, To be the recog- nized definitive source for information that contributes to contin- uous and significant improvements in the flexographic printing/ converting industry." The focus of FFTA is exclusively educational and scientific, encompassing standards, research, awards and education and training initiatives. The thing about FFTA that so often goes overlooked is that we "FTA/FFTA taught me the business. It allowed me to aspire to the high standards of the people who, for all practical purposes, pioneered the business, and gave me the chance to meet people who I consider to be friends and peers." -Bob Mullen, immediate past chair, FFTA Board of Trustees R 06 J.. . M CJf}l.J f a cQe)'3 t \Q'(\ Cturing is 1echri\Ca\ J\5 e l=:arl l ' n -:"0 , . r c ClUj yec..l . 1> (' <<,&0 9ratulate Ù'e . . .
Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008