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FLEXO Magazine : June 2014
PUBLISHER’S INK Memorable & Motivating Nice seeing so many of you in Baltimore. Even nicer hearing that events—Fo- rum and INFO*FLEX 2014—exceeded expectations, leaving you feeling richer, revitalized and reinvigorated for having had the experience. It was great to see everyone step up, seize every available networking opportunity, share insights and join forces to proactively chart flexography’s future. Forum lived up to its promise to “Break New Ground.” Basics and essentials were rein- forced. Emerging markets were studied. New technologies were examined. Traditional approaches were briefed and next generation materials were unveiled. Positioned side by side with INFO*FLEX, FTA’s annual gather- ing cemented its reputation as “the epicenter of the global package print community.” With attendance swelling, booth space edging upward toward 300 slots, printer/con- verter presence on the rise and package buyer turnout on the uptake; the impact of these collocated events is measurable: • Proceedings are memorable and moti- vating • Data presented is relevant, with the agenda offering a diverse mix of hard hitting subject matter • Takeaways—specifically solutions iden- tified—can be put to work back at the plant, translating into faster makeready, reduced downtime, lower waste, higher efficiency and better productivity Clearly, the Forum/INFO*FLEX mix checks all the boxes and succeeds in doing what it’s intended to do, namely: make all of you CENTRAL IMPRESSIONS What A View On the second day of INFO*FLEX 2014, I ate lunch in the office next to the event registration stands, where many of you picked up your badges and nametags. I was joined by Jay Kaible—the maestro of INFO*FLEX—in a rare moment when he wasn’t simultaneously assisting an exhibitor, exchanging business cards with an attendee and selling a booth to next year’s show. In the weeks leading up to the show, Jay had begun throwing a new INFO*FLEX tagline around the FTA office, something like, “The heartbeat of the industry.” I laughed politely in agreement. And then I saw the view from the office’s window. It’s easy to hear nearly 1,800 people are registered for INFO*FLEX and think, “That’s a lot.” The window view, with its van- tage point high above the show floor, really put into perspective how that actually looks: “ That’s a lot!” When I visited the floor, it was clear attendees were there for a reason, actively engaging ex- hibitors and each other. Those who stopped by FTA’s booth heaped praise on the event. I connected with a few attendees who were at their first INFO*FLEX; they said it was better than they expected, that they wished they had started coming sooner and that they wanted to sign up for next year’s show immediately. Perusing the aisles of booths, I listened to frank industry discussions, sales pitches and me aningful debates. I’ll admit, some of the talk was over my head—at one point I heard 16 FLEXO | JUNE 2014 FTA TODAY