Program Chair Rory Marsoun of Esko oversaw a technical agenda comprising eight sessions which consisted of 13 presentations, with 22 speakers taking the stage on various topics. Evening receptions and breaks between sessions allowed attendees time to visit the 66 tabletop exhibitors and strategize the next moves necessary to continue moving forward in the ever-evolving field of printing and converting.
Spanning three days, attendees witnessed technical innovation, the journey of a hybrid pressrun and the celebration of the 20-year anniversary of FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances). That celebration coincided with the release of FTA’s latest publication, FIRST 6.0 — the next generation in a line of world-renowned publications. Those who decided to purchase the book onsite received a commemorative, hardcover special edition. The softcover version was released online the same day for those who could not attend the show.
Collocated for the first time with Fall Conference, the Gary Hilliard Memorial Golf Tournament took place Sunday, Oct. 8. The day was filled with colleagues, comradery, sunny skies and an impressive view of the Gateway Arch in the background. All for a good cause, the event raised money for the Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship.
Directly following the conclusion of the conference on Wednesday, Mark Andy, Inc. hosted a trip to its global headquarters in Chesterfield, MO. Visitors experienced a rare glimpse into the Mark Andy University, its demo room and received a tour of the facility where presses are manufactured.
Sponsors of the event included exclusive sponsor Domino, reception sponsor 3M, lunch sponsor Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. and item sponsors Anderson & Vreeland, Inc., Beta Industries, Daetwyler Corp., Flexo Wash, Koenig & Bauer, MicroDynamics, Inc. and Nilpeter. Individual golf sponsors were All Printing Resources, Inc., Anderson & Vreeland, Inc., DuPont Advanced Printing and Southern Graphics Systems.