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FLEXO Magazine : November 2013
STOKES: The world is too small these days not to have a global presence. With the Internet and modern communica- tion processes, word travels quickly. Actually going and seeing the processes, plants and people involved in the flexographic industry elsewhere enables us to connect the dots even better. FLEXO: What did you take away from visits to different print- ers, relative to their specific fields? STOKES: I saw many of the same presses, inks, films, lamina- tors and converting equipment that are commonplace in the U.S. I saw in one plant the utilization of expanded gamut printing; however, I heard as a general trend that the industry in the region is not adopting it universally, as buyers do not see the cost benefit. I suppose that goes back to the cost of labor in general and, in my opinion and observation, a lack of focus on lean practices. My experience is that printers in the U.S. are more focused on lean efforts. FLEXO: Is there anything else you’d like to mention or talk about regarding ANZFTA and U.S. FTA? STOKES: Attending the ANZFTA Forum was a fantastic experi- ence and it made me appreciate what we have with our Forum in the U.S. FTA’s Forum has so much to offer—INFO*FLEX, industry-specific sessions and networking opportunities, for ex- ample. I met with some executives there who don’t even attend the ANZFTA Forum but make the international flight to the U.S. Forum. Our Forum is truly a big-time event where attendees can learn all they want. FLEXO: What does the ANZFTA do to service the flexo industry? DALLEORE: ANZFTA provides the ability for its members and partner organizations to draw from a range of resources avail- able to assist local converters. It also acts as the voice for the local flexo industry and participates in leading industry training organizations to ensure flexo remains a strong and viable op- tion for future generations. FLEXO: What are the benefits of being a member of ANZFTA? DALLEORE: Those who join ANZFTA enjoy a number of perks: • Being kept up-to-date on technical developments within the industry • Free admission to work- shops and industry days • Discounted Forum atten- dance costs • Free online support and print troubleshooting FLEXO: How was this year’s ANZFTA Forum? What were some of the highlights? DALLEORE: There was a high level of feedback from at- tendees complimenting the high caliber of speakers. We had CEOs, print buyers, Fast-Moving Consumer Groups (FMCG) and printers talk on a range of topics pertinent to the industry. The two-day conference culminated in our awards cer- emony, where we had 225 people attend. We also inducted a new Hall of Fame member and announced this year’s winner of the Apprentice Award. Part of the award includes a paid-for attendance to the 2014 FTA Forum. FLEXO: What benefits does ANZFTA get from having a U.S. FTA member (i.e., Pepper Stokes) attend its Forum? DALLEORE: Australian converters are always seeking information from abroad—in particular, from the U.S. The information shared with our delegates enables attendees to hear about the major obstacles faced in the U.S., gives them an understanding of the major market drivers and influences and allows them to benchmark print standards. It also shows the level of cooperation we get from the FTA and adds a high amount of credibility, that nominated personnel take the time out of their businesses to actually come over and present at the ANZFTA. FLEXO: What is the state of the flexo industry in the region and how has it changed in recent years? DALLEORE: Significant consolidation has occurred over the last five years within the ANZFTA region. The large con- glomerates have grown through acquisitions of their nearest competitors while small-to-medium enterprises (SME) have continued to fight hard for their existence through the adop- tion of new technology and market diversification. Packaging buyer demands for increased levels of print quality at competitive pricing is continuing to place pricing pressure on printers, encouraging organizations to review their print processes in order to ensure they remain competi- tive in the current environment. FLEXO: Why is it important for ANZFTA, FTA and other international Flexographic Technical Associations to work together in establishing a true global presence? DALLEORE: By coming together, we can provide a vehicle where people can network across the world with the aim of de- veloping print standards and technology that will allow the print industry to prosper. We can also benefit by maximizing training and other related courses offered by the various FTAs that can be utilized throughout the world. By understanding the differences that exist between the different regions in the world, we are able to incorporate their needs within the development of training and other related programs. The ANZFTA is continuously looking for overseas speakers. Should your organization be interested in presenting at next year’s Forum, please contact Tony at adalleore@macdermid. com for more information. n Tony Dalleore, opening the Forum dinner and getting the audience to chant the ANZFTA Forum theme: “Let’s Get Flexible.” 34 FLeXO NOVEMbEr 2013 www.flexography.org Brand managers require brand color integrity. Designers want color accuracy. Production must control color. Cost is critical to everyone. 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