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FLEXO Magazine : August 2008
FTA TODAY At Center Stage… S how season—it’s arrived, it’s upon us—and it’s the second time this year. As we return to a familiar, yet frenetic pace, it seems we hardly had a hiatus after FFTA’s Forum and INFO*FLEX exhibition. Quick on its heels came drupa, now only a few weeks behind us. Still, we’re ready to tackle Labelexpo. Then, in rapid-fire succession, SuperCorr, FFTA’s Fall Conference, Graph Expo, Pack Expo, CPP…Throw in a sprinkling of FIRST 4.0 Road Shows and other similar events and educational seminars, and the calendar fills up very quickly. Travel schedules may be tight, your activity level may be accelerating, and demand for your attention and time may become harder and harder to manage. Pressure? No! Stress? No! Opportunity? Yes, definitely! Excitement? I believe so. Look at it from this perspective. Busy, busy people make for a thriving, innovative, industry—one’ that is intent on bettering performance and exceeding expectations. FLEXO’S CLOSE-UP Everywhere and anywhere that people talk about fl exo—from the halls of Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, to the corridors of Chicago’s McCormick Place or Georgia’s World Congress Center, to college/university class- rooms or hotel conference rooms—attests to this fact: the package printing and con- verting arena, is more than capable of managing change, adapting to demand and remaining viable. Flexo shines when launched into the spotlight. How can we not want to be move to, and stay at, center stage? From that position, one can: find out what new products and services have be- come available, digest presentations designed to help access the state-of-the-indus- try, engage in competitive posture analysis, follow-up with presenters and exhibi- tors while networking at social functions, and take home vital information that can sharpen strategic plans, enhance customer satisfaction and boost the bottom line. Obviously, we can’t all be everywhere. Costs are just too high and job require- ments can’t go unmet. We can, however, monitor the situation and resolve to learn everything we can about what is being said and forecasted, as we delve into the fac- tors destined to shape our business/professional lives. One of the best places to turn to access the information, when first-hand, on-site interaction, simply isn’t an option, is this magazine. ACTIVE AGENDA From trade show previews to recaps of the proceedings, FLEXO will bring you the most pertinent comments voiced, as well as the latest demographics available. What has the flexographic printing trade buzzing? What defines a trend and what factors can come together to turn it into a technological breakthrough? It’s questions like these that we attempt to answer on a monthly basis. Events sharing center stage in this issue of FLEXO are: Labelexpo of the Americas and FFTA’s own Fall Conference. Show planners comment on our multi-billion dol- lar industry’s changing universe. From process controls to competing technologies; from press optimization to packaging premedia; and from common file formats to rules-based packaging, Tarsus’ Mike Fairly, and FFTA’s Kevin Lanigan and Bill Poulson took time to ex- plain how their respective events will broach local and global conditions as each seeks to identify new market segments rich for growth and development. These conference programs, like SuperCorr, Graph Expo, CPP and other to follow, promise to offer helpful hints for operating in, and planning for, an uncertain economy. The collective mission at hand; Keep flexographers on top of their game; help them de- sign and construct the pressroom of the future. Now that’s “Frontline Flexo.” 8 F LEXO AUGUS T 20 0 8 www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, Aquaflex Greg Collins, C-P Flexible Packaging Michael Ferrari, Procter & Gamble Gary Hilliard,Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Paul Lancelle, Green Bay Engraving Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. MattMoffett, The Meyers Printing Co. James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress David Straten, Advance Packaging Corp. Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Roxanne Baker, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, Aquaflex Greg Collins, C-P Flexible Packaging Michael Ferrari, Procter & Gamble Gary Hilliard,Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies Eric Jones, The Label Company Paul Lancelle, Green Bay Engraving Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. MattMoffett, The Meyers Printing Co. Doug Nelson, Water Ink Technologies James Nelson, Great Lakes Packaging Corp. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress David Straten, Advance Packaging Corp. Michael Reinhardt, Windmoeller & Hoelscher PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE Raymond W. Bodwell, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Praxair Surface Technologies John Meyer, Western Michigan University Dave Nunez, International Paper John Paine, C-P Flexible Packaging Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd. PUBLISHER’S INK
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