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FLEXO Magazine : June 2014
better printers who demonstrate en- hanced capabilities, stand committed to printing to the numbers and routinely turnout quality, consistent and repeatable work. Metrics and matrices document the results. The program always manages to incorporate safety concerns, best practices, sustainability initiatives, standards and statistical process control. It also showcases ongoing research sanctioned by the Flexo Quality Consortium, as well as the continuing evolution of Flexo- graphic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances and associated certification programs. It documents FTA’s and its members’ march toward process improvement and strengthening of their shared competitive advantage. In this issue, we invite you to revisit the excitement, recommit to exceptionality and ex- cellence, reconnect with contacts made—and of course resolve to be there when we meet again, May 3-6, 2015 in Nashville, TN. standards expert extraordinaire Steve Smi- ley, whose booth was directly across from FTA’s, rattle off so many numbers I thought he was reading from the phone book. But if 90 percent of communication is through body language, those I saw in conversation were focused and interested. I spent the majority of my time in Baltimore in Forum sessions and they were useful because, while I am quite good at things like subject/ verb agreements, I still have much to learn about the world of flexography. But looking back on the entire experience, it’s the few hours at INFO*FLEX that resonate with me. At the Excellence in Flexography Awards judging in January, seeing the passion and care that was on display, I got my first inkling of the flexo industry as more than just an industry. INFO*FLEX took that to another level; it added the exclamation point. Because while it probably wouldn’t be too hard to find a few dozen people who are immersed in flexo, to attract nearly 1,800 is no small feat. More people attend every year. More booths get sold every year. The show becomes more vital every year, not unlike— yes, Jay—a heartbeat. My first INFO*FLEX was, by many accounts, the best show yet. My second INFO*FLEX, in Nashville next year, will probably be bigger, stronger and better. What a view. “Great to see everyone step up, seize every available networking opportunity, share insights and join forces to proactively chart flexography’s future. ” JUNE 2014 | FLEXO 17 FTA Board of Directors FFTA Board of Trustees Lon Robinson III Chairman, FTA Board of Directors Tension Corporation Allen Marquardt Chairman, FFTA Board of Trustees Kimberly-Clark Corporation Peter Hartman FTA Chair Elect Polymount U.S ., LLC Howard B. Vreel and, Jr. FFTA Chair Elect Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. Dan D oherty 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 Kelly Roberts FFTA Vice Chair, Solicitations Canflexographics Hank Welter FTA Vice Chair, Printers/Converters Coveris High Performance Packaging Mark Cisternino President Flexog raphic Technical Association Ian Hole Esko Alexander James Harper Corporation of America James Stone G3 Enterprises Mary Sullivan Mark Andy 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