Printers and converters who attend the technical sessions at this year’s FTA Annual Forum will find the program content specifically geared to their objectives, say the leaders of the Flexographic Technical Association. “Our primary goal when developing the program was to make sure we offered subject matter attuned to keeping converters’ operations competitive in today’s ever-evolving business climate,” says Scott Gilbert, Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., 2008 forum chair.
“We’ve taken a ‘by the people, for the people’ approach” he adds. “Each session is chaired by a printer/converter, which helped tremendously in developing the content because he/she could ask himself/herself ‘Is this something I would want to hear as an attendee?’ ”
Mark Mazur, DuPont Imaging Technologies, Forum 2008 co-chair adds, “What sets this forum apart, aside from the energy brought by the fact that it celebrates FTA’s 50 year anniversary, is that there is very little supplier influence. We wanted to make sure the topics addressed what printers and converters want and need.”
Printers will learn about achieving color quickly, controlling variables, waste reduction initiatives, and tools that will optimize productivity. “Our goal is to have attendees leave with a notepad full of to-dos,” says Gilbert. “And that’s something easily accomplished with sessions like ‘Faster, Better, Cheaper’, ‘Sustainability’ and Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances / Flexo Quality Consortium.”
This year’s forum takes place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX, USA, April 27-30. The educational event is held in conjunction with Info*Flex, an exhibition of products and services for the flexo industry featuring hundreds of suppliers.