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FLEXO Magazine : December 2013
• A record breaking 1,600 package printers attend Forum 2011 from May 1-4 in Indianapolis, IN; 39 judges consider 620 submissions in annual Excellence in Flexography Awards competition and award 146 with honors; Paragon Label, Prairie State Group and PolyCello take top honors in FTA Environmental Excellence Awards • PIA/FTA 2011 Continuous Improvement Conference breaks records with 270 attendees and 13 sponsors; FTA relocates its headquarters to Bohemia, NY • Union City, CA based Best Label becomes first company to attain FIRST Company Certification • Fall Conference Oct. 10-12 in St. Louis, MO brings nearly 300 flexographers, 34 exhibitors/sponsors and 14 speak- ers; FTA member Publishers Printing Co. in Shepherds- ville, KY is tasked with printing FLEXO’s October cover, using 2011 Technical Innovation Award winning technolo- gies from MacDermid Printing Solutions and Mark Andy 2012 • FTA member Plastic Packaging, Inc. enrolls another 36 employees in FIRST training, following its 50 person original class • Forum 2012 descends on San Antonio, TX from March 18- 21; INFO*FLEX turns 30; FTA Environmental Excellence Awards bestow top honors on Promoflex International of Canada, honorable mention to The Label Printers of Illi- nois; 36 judges decide on 130 awards given to nearly 500 entries in 2012 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards; FQC Standards Committee convenes at Forum for first ever FQC Day to discuss standards in development and launch new research projects; FTA launches its Official Forum and INFO*FLEX apps for iOS and Android smart- phones along with a Web component • drupa celebrates its 60th anniversary in Düsseldorf, Ger- many from May 3-16 with more than 310,000 attendees • FIRST Operator Certification program celebrates three year anniversary with 29 companies enrolled in at least one of its three branches; FLEXO study finds sharp rise in FTA interest via social media; FIRST Operator certifica- tions tally more than 300 • Two dozen FTA members meet in Chicago to discuss flexo’s future and how FTA can continue to provide value; FQC presents results of UV ink spitting research, isolating variables and identifying factors that increase its likelihood of occurrence • Sustainable FLEXO awarded Environmental Publica- tion of the Year by PNEAC for second time; Annual Fall Conference rolls into Milwaukee, WI from Oct. 15-17 with almost 300 attendees, 20 speakers and 42 exhibitors; FIRST committee appoints new chair, Mark Mazur • FTA members take home more than one third of all awards in Annual North American Paperboard Packag- ing Competition, including Paperboard Package of the Year, Rigid Box of the Year and Judges’ Award • FTA member Best Label prints specialty cover for FLEXO’s year end SourceBook to FIRST standards; 37 organizations join FTA in last quarter of the year 2012 2012 36 FLEXO DECEMBER 2013 www.flexography.org WORLD DEMAND FOR LABELS BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION 34% North South 10 h America h America 0% 5% Europe Africa & Middle East 22% 29% Asia Pacific %