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FLEXO Magazine : May 2013
graphic printing. We appreciate the FTA for offering such a stage to support our industry. The encouraging achievements afford a glimpse at the bright future brand owners can expect from our industry.” Similarly, A .W. McLean, vice president, preprint and prepress operations, RockTenn, stated, “We are extremely pleased and delighted at the recognition given to RockTenn by our peers in the flexographic Industry. For the Skotidakis Greek Yogurt design, all prepress, color separation, proof- ing, and platemaking were produced in-house. On behalf of everyone involved here at RockTenn, we wish you all every success for the future.” Johnny Dye, director of printing technology, Accredo Pack- aging, observed, “We constantly try to push the envelope to find new and innovative ways to provide our customers with the finest print quality possible.” T he firm won for its Special Kitty Salmon wrapper. “ T his award gives us a great sense of accomplishment, especially since this is awarded to us by our industry peers.” “ We are honored to have been selected, among so many qualified entrants, as the recipient of such a prestigious award from FTA,” exclaimed Jim Hamilton, president, Colbert Packaging, for its Best of Show victory for its Vetguard Plus carton. “ VetGuard Plus was the first commercial application for EnviroGuard, which delivers the ultimate in sustainability and designability. This award is a testament to EnviroGuard’s viability in the market, and it exemplifies our commitments to packaging innovation and high-quality execution. ” CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY If this year’s FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards com- petition proved anything, it is that flexographic technology is moving at a blistering pace—and consumer product compa- nies (and flexographers themselves) are reaping the benefits. Thanks to advancements in a number of areas, creative design is no longer a hindrance to excellent printing. Instead, imaginative printing is the new normal. Whether we are dis- cussing labels, corrugated or narrow web print jobs, there is now a drive by printers to think big and to print bigger. The originality on display at this year ’s competition is now par for the proverbial course. As one judge put it, “Flexogra- phy ’s future is bright.” It was on display in San Luis Obispo and it will take the center stage spotlight at FTA’s Annual Forum in San Diego. n Mid Web Judges (left to right): Paul Zeinert, John Campbell, Courtney Norris, Ed Dedmen, Caryn Kuehl, Jim Stone. Combined Corrugated Judges (left to right): Maureen Armstrong, Geoff Roznak, Hutch Smith, Tim Esselman, Scott Gerdt, Mark Coffman, Joe Schlinkert, Bob Dauses. Envelope, Student, Self Promotion and Newspaper Judges (left to right): Paul Teachout, Kevin Saathoff, Mike Hailfinger, Coleen Twomey, Andy Schipke, Bill Rund. Wide Web Judges (left to right): Scott Seymour, Ed Castro, Mark Causey, Bart Wright, Bill Malm, Bettylynn Krafft, Larry Kubicki. Wide Web Judges (left to right): Rory Marsoun, Pam Dorrough, Cori Devlin, Malcolm Keif, Jean Engelke, Mark Miller. Narrow Web Judges (left to right): Lou Figueria, Dan Crammer, Kim Tuccitto, Doug Nelson, Frank Windgassen, Misty Sharp. 64 FLEXO MAy 2013 www.flexography.org