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FLEXO Magazine : April 2013
publisher’s ink Packaging’s Platform Feeling good about flexo—right here, right now! It’s a sensation soon to be felt by nearly 1,700 people as they traverse the halls of INFO*FLEX 2013. Aisle after aisle will excite them about the industry, all it has to offer, state-of-the-art technologies and its most recent, cutting-edge accomplishments. Enthusiasm will build with the start of each new conversation as leading printers/ converters network with their peers, as well as their supplier partners, consumer product company customers, graphic designers, etc.—e ss entially everybody who is anybody across the entire packaging development chain. The event has stood out as a must–attend on many flexographers’ calendars for three decades. Costs remain minimal, as trade expositions go. Customer contact counts climb higher and higher with each passing year. INFO*FLEX has grown from its original 49 displays to approximately 190 ex- hibiting companies. Its mission remains education, just as if was in 1982, when a networking event that outshines all others in the packaging, printing and converting world was born. INFO*FLEX, which now stands as one of the strongest drawing cards to FTA’s Annual Forum, can be described as “packaging personified.” Several of the original pioneers have forged an ever-present home on the INFO*FLEX floor, with a full 50 percent of those companies never missing the show. At the onset, 600 printers, suppliers and guests exchanged business cards, caught up with friends and colleagues and engaged in brainstorming sessions where they offered ideas and identified solutions to long-standing problems. Today, attendance is up some 300 percent from the initial table-top, as flexographers continue to look to the INFO*FLEX experience in charting their destiny. Suppliers rate the quality of attendees as “excellent,” and promise offerings that enhance productivity, support profitability, trim waste, promote sustainability and redefine customer service. As you’ll discover in exploring the floor: • 42.4 percent of booth space will be dedicated to presses and press ac- cessories • 16.8 percent of exhibits will offer the latest information on inks, sub- strates, coatings and treaters • 10.5 percent of stands will be devot- ed to anilox rolls and doctor blades • 7.3 percent of space will be as- signed to plates, sleeves and plate- making materials • 6.3 percent will go to distributors • 6.3 percent will be encompassed by software and prepress supplies • 5.8 percent will be defined by pre- media service providers—a.k .a trade shops • 3.1 percent will be constituted by associations and other professional organiza- tions • 1.5 percent will be delegated to publications No event other than INFO*FLEX paints a more complete picture of the industry, its influence and identity. The sold-out floor will be continually buzzing with activity. The hum of voices will be everywhere. I trust you’ll be adding your own to the chorus...in San Diego in 2013, in Baltimore in 2014 and wherever FTA takes INFO*FLEX from there. Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association Technical Education Services Team 3920 Veterans Memorial Hwy Ste 9 Bohemia NY 11716-1074 Phone: (631) 737-6020 Fax: (631) 737-6813 www.flexography.org FLEXOGRAPHYPrinciplesandPractices6.0 “Finally! A book that demystifies flexographic printing. Bound to be a best seller.” - Dr. Blade “An entertaining ride that touches on everything flexo, from Anilox to Zahn Cup” - Cal Ibration “A masterful compilation of the building blocks of flexography” - Anna Lox “Another fast-paced page turner by FTA that will keep you glued to the couch.” - C.M. Whykay Get a fresh perspective and a new understanding into the principles and practices that have made the flexographic process so successful. Newbies will benefit from content on: presses, ink, ink metering systems, and plate mounting. The more practiced flexographer will find modernized information on topics including: design, platemaking, process color and web inspection systems. And everyone will find use for the updated Flexographic Troubleshooting Guide for those pesky problems sure to arise. A perfect addition to your bookshelf...just be sure to place it within easy reach, you’re bound to be referencing it time and time again. paperback: FTA Member: $130.00 | List: $260.00 Kindle: List: $99.00 www.flexography.org/fpp 100% Updated. 30% expanded. 100% relevant. 8 FleXO april 2013 www.flexography.org FTA TODaY FTA Board of Directors FFTA Board of Trustees Greg Platt FTA Chairman of the Board Southern Graphic Systems Jim Nelson FFTA Chairman of the Board Great Lakes Packaging Corporation Lon Robinson III FTA Chair-Elect Tension Corporation Dan Doherty FTA/FFTA Treasurer Prairie State Group Danny Christianson FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships Farnell Packaging Ltd. Eric Jones FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluations The Label Company Allen Marquardt FTA Vice Chair, Education/CPCs Kimberly-Clark Corporation Michael Reinhardt FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation Hank Welter FTA Vice Chair, Printers/Converters Exopack Mark Cisternino President Flexographic Technical Association Jason Barrier Printpack John Crammer Best Label Jack Fulton Printron Peter Hartman FLEXO Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee Richard Cervarich DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes All Printing Resources Jean Jackson Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys Staples Print Solutions John Meyer Color Resolutions International David Nunez International Paper John Paine C-P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson Encore Washington Ltd