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FLEXO Magazine : April 2014
automating sys- tems, standard- izing practices and boosting performance to the degree that they have. And, of course, we're all expecting history to repeat itself. INFO*FLEX 2014, as always, offers a mirror on our world and the chang- ing face of package print production. Its footprint is vast and encompasses all elements of our industry. To little surprise, heaviest representation goes to press and press accessory manu- facturers, who account for 52 percent of exhibitors. Yet all formidable and essential forces are there: inks, coat- ings, adhesives and substrates at 12 percent; plates, cylinders, sleeves and plate materials at 11 percent; anilox rolls and doctor blades at 7 percent; prepress provid- ers at 5 percent; distributor and associations/ professional or- ganizations both at 4 percent; publications at 3 percent and software and prepress supplies at 2 percent. While that's a lot of ground to cover, INFO*FLEX is know for its ease of navi- gation and natural flow. Flexographers, it seems, are quite instinctive when it comes to seeking and sharing advice that moves the whole industry forward. That's why they've answered the beck and call to come to Baltimore. Let the networking begin! victory, like I sat down and said, "OK, what's the best case sce- nario after writing this story?" and then all those things actually happened. But calling these "encounters" and "journalistic interactions" is me showing how well I can use a thesaurus. They all start the same way: With two individuals having a conversation. I'm told one or two (or 1,700) people attend Forum and INFO*FLEX. As some- one who is still quite new to flexo, I'm looking forward to striking up conversa- tions with attendees from all parts of the industry. Will every one be memorable? Statistically, some will; some won't. Maybe a conversation will still resonate in a year 's time and then turn into one of the best articles to appear in FLEXO®. Regardless of the odds---I want to converse with as many flexo folks as possible and learn more about the people that drive the industry. They say the best way to learn a new language is to visit a foreign place; I've got my ticket booked to Baltimore. INFO*FLEX 2014, as always, offers a mirror on our world and the changing face of package print production They say the best way to learn a new language is to visit a foreign place; I've got my ticket booked to Baltimore. FTA Board of Directors FFTA Board of Trustees Jim Nelson Chairman, FFTA Board of Trustees Great Lakes Packaging Corporation Lon Robinson III Chairman, FTA Board of Directors Tension Corporation Allen Marquardt FFTA Chair Elect Kimberly-Clark Corporation Dan Doherty FTA/FFTA Treasurer Prairie State Group Jason Barrier FFTA Vice Chair, Project Evaluations Printpack Danny Christianson FFTA Vice Chair, Scholarships Farnell Packaging Ltd. John Crammer FTA Vice Chair, Education/CPCs Best Label Jack Fulton FTA Vice Chair, Suppliers Printron Michael Reinhardt FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation Hank Welter FTA Vice Chair, Printers/Converters Coveris High Performance Packaging Mark Cisternino President Flexographic Technical Association Peter Hartman Polymount U.S., LLC Ian Hole Esko Eric Jones The Label Company Kelly Roberts Canflexographics Mary Sullivan Mark Andy Inc. Howard B. Vreeland, Jr. Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. FLEXO® Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee Richard Cervarich DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes All Printing Resources Jean Jackson Praxair Surface Technologies Brad Keys Staples Print Solutions John Meyer Color Resolutions International David Nunez International Paper John Paine C-P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson Encore Washington Ltd