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FLEXO Magazine : December 2013
Similarly, 1 ,200 or more flexographers turned out for at least one of five Fall Conference and Tabletop exhibitions. Generating that interest and attracting impressive traffic patterns were the topics and themes presented, namely: • Navigating The Future of Flexo • The Premium Package—Setting The Pace for Flexo Pack- aging Excellence • Brand of Choice • Right Here, Right Now • And soon, Breaking New Ground Also: • Color in The Crosshairs • A FIRST Rate Idea—The Future of Flexo & Process Im- provement • Color in Focus • Efficiency in Flexography: Connecting The Dots • Got Data, Now What? Some 150 industry experts took to FTA podiums and shared their insights, solutions and success stories over the course of the past 60 months, encouraging continuous improvement and prophesizing about the benefits of technological ad- vancements and the application of standards and controls. Many say their words inspired actions and served to chart flexography ’s path forward. FTA bestowed 669 Excellence in Flexography Awards— gold, silver and bronze medals—to deserving print jobs, based on both level of execution and degree of difficulty, between 2009 and 2013. The association also saw one of its publications—FLEXO Magazine—take “Publication of the Year” honors on two separate occasions for its Sustainable FLEXO Internet Quar- terly. Website traffic to www.flexography.org has been holding steady at more than 100,000 views per month. Membership rolls have been swelling in recent months with more than 200 new members added and retention rates have risen dramati- cally and stand at close to 90 percent. INFO*FLEX ’s footprint expanded better than 25 percent in the past five years, with the number of exhibitors now exceed- ing 210 and booth units topping 250 on an annual basis. The trade floor is proving a powerful drawing card to FTA’s Annual Forum, thanks to its attractive and exceptional return on in- vestment and its widespread recognition as the single largest gathering of printing, packaging and converting executives under one roof in North America. Staff speaking engagements afforded FTA the opportunity to share its vision at Printing Industries of America confer- ences, Pack Expo, CPP Expo, Labelexpo, Packprint Summit, ABFLEXO, ANZFTA, FTA’s regional networking group meet- ings, academic institutions and member sponsored technical seminars. Demonstration projects were launched numerous times, with the cooperation of active members. They ranged from the staging of the high impact/highly publicized Project FOG’d (Flexo, Offset, Gravure, Digital) for Forum 2012 to execution of flexographically printed magazine covers and design of media kits and promotional materials. PRESIDENT’S AWARD RECIPIENTS 2008: Greg Collins, Anthony Dalleore, General Mills 2009: Mark Coffman, Paul Lancelle and Allen Marquardt 2010: Dave Nieman, Michelle Donohue, Shawn Oetjen and Kent Esby 2011: Paul Lodewyck and Greg Platt 2012: Lon Robinson III and Sean Teufler 2013: John Crammer PHOENIX CHALLENGE 2009: California Polytechnic State University (college), Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School (high school) 2010: Dunwoody College of Technology (college), Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School (high school) 2011: Dunwoody College of Technology (college), Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School (high school) 2012: California Polytechnic State University (college), Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School (high school) 2013: Ryerson University (college), Enka High School (high school) FTA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES 2008: Howard B. Vreeland, Jr. 2009: Mark Mazur 2010: Charlie Brown 2011: Mark Samworth 2012: Al Bowers 2013: Gary Hilliard TECHNICAL INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS 2008: X-Flex, Omet S.r.L . 2009: Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic System, Kodak 2010: smartGPS, Bobst Group and Fischer & Krecke GmbH 2011: Performance Series Press, Mark Andy; LUX platemaking process, MacDermid Printing Solutions 2013: Indirect Flexo hybrid process, Berry Plastics; Quick Change Die Cut, Mark Andy; Open Color, GMG ROSSINI SCHOLARSHIP 2009: Andrea Ho of California Polytechnic State University; Andrew Henry of Rochester Institute of Technology; Tessa Libby of California Polytechnic State University 2010: Tessa Libby of California Polytechnic State University; Kasey Reed of California Polytechnic State University; Kristen Zeleznik of Clemson University 2011: Andrew Wong of Ryerson University; Samantha Hamman, Ashley Herrington of Western Michigan University 2012: Andrew Wong of Ryerson University; Eli McNutt of California Polytechnic State University 2013: Natalee Consulo, Mark MacManus, Lena Haidar of California Polytechnic State University; Zachary Root of Western Michigan University 28 FLEXO DECEMBER 2013 www.flexography.org