As the demand for quality training programs, networking opportunities and idea exchanges within the package printing and converting marketplace intensifies, the rank and file of the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) continues to grow — both in the United States and on an international level.
From January 2014 to May 2014, nearly 170 new companies and/or individuals, from countries including the United States, South Africa, Bolivia, Venezuela, Finland, Turkey and Israel, joined FTA’s membership roster, which encompasses the entire package printing and converting supply chain. New members include: Connecticut Container (North Haven, CT); Great Northern Corp. (Racine, WI); Hub Labels (Hagerstown, MD); Inland Label (La Crosse, WI); Kraft Foods (Northfield, IL); Johnsville Sausage (Sheboygan Falls, WI); CMC Group (Bowling Green, OH); and DWS Printing (Deer Park, NY), just to name a few.
“The robust programs that are in place continue to fuel FTA’s growth in membership,” says Jay Kaible, director of membership and business development. “Our Fall Conference and annual Forum & INFO*FLEX continue to break attendee and exhibitor records year after year, with the recent April events drawing some 1,844 attendees and 220 exhibiting companies. Additionally, our FIRST Operator Certification program is the industry leader in training, with more than 3,400 industry professionals taking or achieving FIRST certification through the virtual campus. These are just some of the many benefits FTA offers to ensure our member’s objectives are met.”
The Association, first founded in 1958, represents nearly 1,400 companies and 52,000 individuals worldwide. Membership is comprised of small, medium and large companies and includes narrow web, mid-web and wide-web printers/converters, as well as print buyers, suppliers, prepress providers, brand management firms, designers, graphics organizations, and educators and students.