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FLEXO Magazine : December 2013
• Local FTA regional networking group FTA Great Lakes holds first meeting in Lauterbach headquarters in Wisconsin; Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) announces campaign to standardize anilox volume measurement 2010 • FTA’s Technical Innovation Award unveils new judging process and criteria; various forecasts in FLEXO’s archives reveal promise for self adhesive labels, flexible packaging and sustainable packaging • FIRST Operator Certification program continues to grow as The Robinette Co. of Bristol, TN plans to undergo certi- fication for all pressroom employees • FTA cosponsors Mastering Flexographic Principles Seminar at Western Michigan University; Implementation Specialist certification announced as new segment of FIRST program • Forum 2010 in Las Vegas, NV pulls in more than 1,500 attendees and 400 printers for four days beginning May 2; FLEXO cover printed in joint display of flexography ’s capabilities and suppliers’ expertise; 154 honors dolled out in 2010 Excellence in Flexography Awards; Specialty Printing LLC and Robbie receive 2010 FTA Environmental Excellence Award and honorable mention, respectively • FTA’s Supplier Leadership Council (SLC) survey of mem- bers reveals troves of insightful data, finds 82 percent of respondents seeing stable or increasing business trends • FLEXO takes an indepth look at product packaging, highlighting its importance, surging demand from store brands and Western Family Foods’ implementation of FIRST; lengthy roundtable discussion among prepress providers yields immense insight into best practices • FTA member Smyth espouses benefits of FIRST and a re- sulting 50 percent productivity boost; quarterly Flexome- ter survey shows industry retaining employment numbers and improving sales • PRIMIR study estimates flexo’s share of the $440 billion printed packaging market at 60 percent, or more than $260 billion; EskoArtwork donates suite of flexo related software to TEST • With 170 attendees and 22 speakers, Fall Conference takes place from Nov. 8-10 in Louisville, KY, site of the legendary Great Flexo Digital Plate Debate • FQC presents findings of narrow web UV spitting re- search at Fall Conference; announces introduction of and updates to several initiatives, including ISO 2846 process ink specification investigation, dataset devel- opment for Idea Alliance G7 characterization, anilox volume measurement methods and extended gamut color selection • Twenty InterFlex Group employees become initial group to achieve FIRST Press Operator Certification 2011 • New FTA website launches with improved layout and intelligent design; FTA announces FIRST Operator Certifi- cation Scholarship Auction Private Labels Press Buyer’s Guide Anilox/Doctor Blade Selection Labelexpo Preview august2010FLEXOaugust2010VOLumE35,NO.8PrEssBuyEr’sguidE FLXO_Aug10_GFC1C2f l apME C H. i ndd 1 8/16/10 3 :00 PM 2010 2010 2011 2011 Entrepreneurial Spirit: ASL Print FX| TheLabel CompanyInc. | WS PackagingGroup A rate idea: Thefuture offlexo&processimprovement FFTA Fall Con fe ren ce Brochure inside september2010FLeXOseptember2010VOLume35,NO.9LabeLs page 53 FLX _Se pt2010_C 1_m ec h. i ndd 1 9/3/10 1:04PM 32 FLEXO DECEMBER 2013 www.flexography.org