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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
your showcase, platform and networking opportunity---and it outshines all others. Use it to your advantage. Speaking of showcases, FLEXO®'s exclusive Excellence Awards recap, this issue, comes to mind. From cover to cover it recaptures the moments that you---all 2014 award winners---stepped into the spotlight, and it puts them on the record for all to see. In essence, it's a pictorial account of the best flexographically printed and produced packaging in 2013. Yet, it goes even further: It salutes the foresight and fortitude of individ- ual flexographers, some who have developed new tools that have served to advance the industry and will have a role in carrying it forward; others who have spent a career devel- oping future tal- ent and enhanc- ing the critical skills and knowledge so essential to making all who practice our chosen craft better printers, as well as true advocates of holding to the numbers and proponents of statistical process control. It's the FTA---most significantly, its members'---way. FLEXO® is honored to serve as a testament to their---more aptly, your--- ingenuity. You've done us all proud! discuss views and beliefs. From April 27-30, 2014, this will manifest in debates over hybrid printing, merits of OEE, emerging markets and other topics. It's also an apt description of what's been going on inside FTA's offices. From late 2012 through April 26, 2014, it has manifested in debates over the optimal check in system, merits of a relaxed non commercialism policy for specific ses- sions, emerging technologies to keep up our Wi-Fi network and other topics. As attendees file out of the Excellence in Flexography Awards banquet Sun- day night, they will be handed a copy of FLEXO®'s May issue. With three days of sessions, INFO*FLEX and other events to follow, 2014 Forum will just be getting started. By all indications, it will be a rousing success. At the same time, the conference calls, skipped lunch breaks, company wide collaborations---the forum before the Forum---will be wrapping up. That Forum has already been a rousing success. You've just helped advance flexography to new levels, contributed to pushing it along the path to continuous improvement and kept it vibrant, vital and in demand. This may sound naïve, but I did not realize how much work goes into putting together a trade show. Did you know these things get planned ahead of time? 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