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FLEXO Magazine : April 2014
PUBLISHER’S INK Inspiring Insights Ten hours... a single hall... your peers... your partners— INFO*FLEX has it all! At least, we think so, and we’ll trust that you will agree. Exhibitor counts are up. Booth space is sold out. Pre show promotional activity speaks volumes about the show ’s reputation. Everyone is buzzing about what’s to be found on the Baltimore Convention Center show floor. This issue serves as your personal and private sneak peek. We’ve listed the more than 200 exhibitors who will be occupying 262 booth units in both aisle and alphabetical format. Contacts for each firm are provided, as are de- scriptions of the products and services being offered. The emphasis is on new introductions, line expansions, state of the art process control tools and a host of the latest solutions designed to drive variables from the flexo process and make you, its practitioners, better printers. INFO*FLEX has long focused on ex- posing attendees to new ideas, critical advances in technology and the likely impact that both will have on your plant and its day to day business activities. Best of all, the exhibit maintains its informal setting, promotes interaction, fosters networking and succeeds in getting everybody present excited about package printing, its future and its rapid fire progress. It’s these discussions, which sometimes start out as pipe dreams and printer’s wildest fantasies, that when shared with engineers, get the wheels turning to the point that they alter accepted realities. Who would of thought that such tag teams would be so successful in driving waste down, speeding setup and makeready times, CENTRAL IMPRESSIONS Constant Conversations As I mentioned last month, four years of my B.F. life (Before FLEXO®) were spent working at a local newspaper. Between that, eight months as a hyperlocal magazine editor and a few years of freelance work, I’ve talked to all sorts of people: • A gentleman I spoke with for a story about steroids would not give me his real name and insisted I call him “Box” • A woman whose ex was investigat- ed for hiding assets during a di- vorce left me incoherent voicemails and sent nonsensical emails • An elderly woman who plays a unique instrument told me I could not use photographs she agreed to pose for because she “looked old” And there are many more. As a jour- nalist, these encounters come with the territory. In the moment, they are quirky and head scratching; down the road they make for good stories when, say, you’re writing a column. If 4 percent of journalistic interactions are anecdotal fodder and 95 percent are neither good nor bad, then that last 1 percent is like hitting the lottery: Finding an honest source who has a compelling story, who doesn’t have an ax to grind, who is trustworthy and in turn can trust the writer. The last B.F. interview I did—with a man named John Blenn, who led an improv group—fit this bill. He loved the story I wrote and after it was published, told me the group’s next string of shows sold out. It felt like a 8 FLEXO APRIL 2014 www.flexography.org FTA TODAY