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FLEXO Magazine : February 2014
Talk a bit about the relationship between Forum and INFO*FLEX. How does the latter complement the former and what opportunities do they together present? The ideas put forth during Forum’s technical sessions are fol- lowed up on at INFO*FLEX. We learn about new technology, new standards, new testing, new practices, new R&D (just to name a few) at Forum and then we’re given the opportunity to continue the discussion with candid, face to face meetings at the booths an hour or two later. It’s synergy at its best. Have any of your past Forum experiences played a part in the preparations? Were there things you learned at previous Forums, conversations or experiences that have influenced any aspects of your job? Of course! There are things that work in big seminars and there are things that may not go so smoothly. We’ve examined the entire Forum program agenda and kept a watchful eye to ensure that Forum 2014 provides an exceptional experience for all involved. Hopefully Forum 2014 will be remembered as fun, exciting and—perhaps most importantly—a great learn- ing experience for each and every attendee. Why is it important for a flexographer who is active in the industry to attend Forum? Insights circulated at the sessions are unmatched. Network- ing—meeting new contacts and building new partnerships— is invaluable. Together, Forum and INFO*FLEX will foster a sense of community, then spark new ideas, new thought processes and new mindsets. It’s where success originates! The human experience of in person networking and learning simply can’t be matched. Standing in a circle of colleagues in between sessions and at a reception, banquet or on the show floor and sharing ideas or perspectives is critical. Is there anything else you’d like to add or anything you’d like to say to those heading to Baltimore in April? Break new ground. Build new solutions. Print to the numbers. Apply process controls. Become a better flexographer. Con- trol outcomes. Secure your future. Use Forum & INFO*FLEX 2014 to strengthen and leverage your competitive advantage. Tap new opportunities. Participate in the dialogue, debate and discussion. Take new ideas home and put them in place at your plant. What you learn at Forum will be fundamental to future success. “Insights are unmatched. Networking is invaluable.” INFO*FLEX: FLEXO’S EPICENTER...PAGE 68 Flexo’sFinestEarn102AwardsW i nnerstoBeRevea l edatForum i nApr il Tw o conference hallsfilled w ithhundreds of entrants. D ozensof industryveterans andflexo m avens, loupes clenchedinhand. S pirited debate and discussion overquality, clarityandothercriteriathat, collectively, spell out w hatisa w ard w orthy. These w ere so m e of the sightsand soundsfilling the G r and H istoricVenue inBalti m ore, MD over the course of t w odaysinlate January. The reason? To cro w nyetanotherbatchof w inners in FT A ’s A nnualExcellence inFlexography Aw ards. A ndcro w n they did;102 a w ar ds w ere givento entrantsdee m ed w orthy by judges, brokendo w nasfollo w s: •28 G old m edals •34 S ilver m edals •38Bronze m edals •2 S elf Pro m otiona w ar ds •6bestofsho w designations,chosenfro m the pool ofgold m edal w inning entries “[There w as] m uchcleaner print,great registration, espe- ciallyknockouts,foilsandvarnishes,” said K i m Tuccitto of Best Label. “Entries w ere all good, I believedueto FIRST technolo- gies and specifications.” Forno w , onlyaselectfe w individuals in the w orldof flexo kno ww ho w on w hat. That w ill change onthe first night of FT A ’s A nnualForu m& I N F O *FLE X , descendingonthe Balti- m ore area A pril 27-30 . Aw ard w inners w ill be announced at S unday night’s annual banquet inside the H iltonBalti m ore. Follo w ing the a w ards presentation, w inners w ill be ondisplay inthe 2014Excellence inFlexography Aw ard s G allery at I N F O *FLE X , taking place at the Balti m ore C onvention C enter fro mA pril28 to29.FLE XO ®’sexclusive recap w ill bedistribut- edonsite. Aw ard w inners,co m petitionentrantsandthose w ho elect- ednotto sub m it w ill allbenefit fro m theplannedsessionsat Foru m . Thisyear’sthe m e, “Breaking N e wG round,” isbrought tolife invariousfor w ardthinkingpresentations. W hether you’ve already pickedout shelf spacefor your firstExcellence a w ardorare running outof roo m for the m , the infor m ation, techniques and applications discussed canbe of benefit: • Expanded G a m ut Pr intin g, The C us to m er &Y ouListen to Procter &G a m ble’s R ick Pollard talk about his co m - pany’suse of Expanded G a m ut printing, follo w edbya paneldiscussion and Q&A fro m audience m e m bers 52FLEXOFEBRUARY20 1 4www .fl exog r aphy . o r gFTATODAY Foreground,fro m left: Rory M arsoun,Pa m Dorroughand Sean Teufler discussana w ard entry. Flexo’s Epicenter The New & The Now at INFO*FLEX FTADirector ofMembership andBusinessDevelopment JayKaibleisthedrivingforcebehindthe annual INFO* - FLEX Exhibition. Here, hetalkstoFLEXO® aboutthe show’s special place atthetop oftrade events, oppor- tunitiesfor attendees and why, after 32iterations, more and morepeople comeback everyyear. FLEXO®: What iteration ofINFO*FLEX isthis? KAIBLE:This isthe32nd annual INFO*FLEX . FLEXO®: HowhasINFO*FLEX evolved over theyears? KAIBLE:INFO*FLEXhasgrown tremendously. Itbegan with49 true tabletops and no machinery. Vendors displayed only flexographic equipment.Sincethen, ithas grownexponentially: Thisyear’s showfloor will host more than260boothunits, withmany companiestaking two or more booths. All of themwill beshowcasingthelatestinpack- ageprinting and converting equipment.Additionally,INFO*- FLEX nowattracts aglobal audience, withattendeestraveling frommorethan30 countries. Lastyear aloneINFO*FLEX attendance was up15percent. INFO*FLEX & ITS IMPRINT • 1,700 peoplenavigatingtheaisles • 30+ nations representedinglobal audience •262boothunits • 215 exhibiting companies • Hundreds of new products • 10 presentations inSolutionsTheater •2 days/10hours • 2015: Nashville, TN—May4-5 “BecomeABetter, Highly Consistent, MoreProfitable Pr inter /C onv er ter !” 68 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2014 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY PRE-SHOW PLANNER AWARDS: THE ANTICIPATION BUILDS...PAGE 52 Register today. www.flexography.org EXPERIENCE “Baltimore is a great venue. It’s got the three ‘A’s’—Accessibility, Affordability and Attractions.”