Association News

FTA unveils theme, logo for Annual Forum

October 9, 2012

More than 1600 flexographic printing professionals are expected to attend the Flexographic Technical Association’s 55th Annual Forum in San Diego, CA, USA, April 28 - May 1, 2013. The conference will be chaired by Bob Mullen of Sun Chemical Corp. and Pepper Stokes of Robbie Fantastic Flexibles. The FTA has announced that the theme of the Forum will be “Right here. Right now.”

“The theme of ‘Right here. Right now.’ was selected because it is the crux of the proceedings,” Mullen says. “Everything you need to know to maximize and sustain success in today’s challenging and ever-changing print environment will be discussed right here (in San Diego) and right now.”

Marriott Marquis & Marina, which the FTA is calling “Forum Headquarters,” has recently completed a $200 million renovation, including 1360 remodeled rooms and suites with sweeping bay views of the hotel’s private marina on San Diego Bay. Steps away from the hotel is the convention center, where the Forum’s sister event, INFO*FLEX, will take place.

Dscoop wins Gold Ink Award
Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative) nabbed gold for its Book of Possibilities in the annual Gold Ink Awards, presented by Printing Impressions magazine. The organization received the award in the Digital Printing, Specialty category.

The Book of Possibilities, designed by Connecticut-based Cipher Creative Group, is a value-added member benefit created as part of the Marketing to Win Toolkit to help Dscoop members pitch the possibilities of HP digital printing to print influencers – from designers to marketers to agencies.

The book was printed by Israel-based Ilan Print Ltd. in partnership with HP using multiple HP Indigo presses, showcasing the latest technologies such as textured effects, raised print, white ink and more. The substrates were donated from Dscoop Partners: GPA; Mohawk; NewPage Corp.; Finch, Pruyn & Co.; Neenah Paper; and Sappi Fine Paper.

“Receiving the Gold Ink Award two years in a row is an immense honor for Dscoop,” says Eric Hawkinson, Dscoop global executive director. “It shows that as a printing cooperative, we are on the cutting edge of print. It’s important for us to represent the future of the industry while we provide value to our members.”

This year’s Gold Ink Award winners were chosen from more than 1,000 entries submitted within 46 categories. Winning pieces were chosen based on print quality, technical difficulty and overall visual effect.

PSTC to present at ICE USA
The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) will present a special educational course for converting industry professionals at ICE USA 2013 in Orlando, April 9-11. They will join AIMCAL, CEMA and TAPPI Place as leading industry associations participating in the ICE USA Conference Program.

“We are delighted to welcome PSTC to the conference program as pressure sensitive tapes play such a critical role in the converting process,” says Bob Chiricosta, show director of ICE USA. “Their special session created for ICE USA will help converters better understand the many uses and benefits of PSA products.”

Pressure sensitive tapes are used in a wide variety of applications – from single and double coated splicing tapes used for overlap, butt, flying, and zero speed splicing applications, as well as core starting, roll tabbing and securing, friction reduction, web traction and tension control, platemounting for flexo and rotary presses, security seals or re-closable seals, screen printing, finishing, diecutting, and hot stamping – to all manner of packaging and masking applications.

Chiricosta added PSTC is now part of the overall ICE USA 2013 comprehensive Conference Program that will begin on April 8 and include several sessions offered by AIMCAL, CEMA and TAPPI Place. These sessions attracted several hundred attendees to the ICE USA 2011 Conference Program. Details of the 2013 educational sessions will be announced soon.

PSTC is the North American trade association for tape manufacturers and affiliate suppliers who are committed to making the best pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape products worldwide. ICE USA is the largest dedicated converting event in North America with more than 300 exhibitors, and it is part of the ICE family of worldwide converting events. ICE Europe is the world’s largest dedicated converting exhibition. For more information about ICE USA or registration for the PSTC course, visit