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FLEXO Magazine : June 2008
FTA TODAY Golden Moments FFTA Forum Celebrates 50 Years of Flexo M ilestones were marked, and new ground was broken, as nearly 1,600 flexographic printing/con- verting professionals rolled into Dallas, TX for the 2008 Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFT A) Forum and INFO*FLEX Exhibition. Key decision mak- ers, process engineers, sales and market- ing experts, press operators of all levels of experience, and a record number of students and education professionals lined up to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the leading society dedicated to growing the flexo industry-FTA. The gilded event took place April 27-29 at the Hilton Anatole. It was marked by the release of a Golden Anniversary Commemorative Book, presentation of lifetime achievement awards, and a Golden Jubilee Special Event at the ever- popular Speed Zone Race Track. Attendee, exhibitor, and speaker alike professed their appreciation for FTA's "50 Years of Making Flexo Stronger." Scott Gilbert, Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., who chaired this year's event alongside vice-chair Mark Mazur, DuPont - JUNE 2008 FLEXO By Christian R. Bonawandt and Robert Moran Packaging Graphics, said he couldn't have been happier with the turnout. "I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on the content, the keynote, and of course INFO*FLEX," he said. "Overall, I'm extremely happy." BEING GRATEFUL Kicking things off on Sunday, Mark Cisternino, FTA president, welcomed a packed house of attendees to the 2008 Forum, and offered an update on Association activities. He introduced to stage Greg Collins of C- P Flexible Packaging, chairman-elect of FTA's Board of Directors, who talked about the current status of the Strategic Planning Initiative (SPI). Collins called the SPI program "as valuable as the technical sessions and INFO*FLEX" and described its goal as being "to bring value to you" by "converting ideas into action," and making FLEXO and Forum "more reactive." Dave Neiman of All Printing Resources, FTA chairman; and Paul Lancelle of Green Bay Engraving, FFT A chairman at the time, followed respectively to update members about the changes in the board (see page 6). Neiman also brought the au- dience up to speed on the SGP Partnership (see page 59), FIRST 4.0, and spoke briefly on the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Journal. Lancelle addressed the status of FLEXO's Editorial Advisory Committee, the Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) and the regional workshops. www.f I exog ra p hy.o rg