Claudio Semenza, sales director at Omet Americas, Inc. welcomed the students, to what he called, “a fantastic opportunity to share in the evolution impacting the global printing and packaging industries by providing hands-on, experiential learning one-on-one with industry experts.”
The event included live demonstrations, a "lunch ‘n’ learn" and a breakout panel with industry experts. “Everyone can take part in ensuring students have access to opportunities to gain a firsthand understanding of the industry and network with market leaders, as well as, exposure to the technologies and skills employees use in the flexographic field,” Semanza said.
The Printing Technology Innovation Days – a Future of Flexo Initiative – is an intensive effort founded by Omet Americas, Inc. and a consortium of flexographic printers and suppliers with the goal of increasing the growth of our industry’s future workforce and technology. “This partnership is a testament to the commitment of Omet Americas, Inc. and industry supply chain members to make a real impact on the lives of students,” commented Semenza.
The platform is "a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved," added Semenza. "It’s a great opportunity for suppliers to talk about technical innovations, but also serves as a pipeline for graduating students seeking employment opportunities." The initiative was launched this year for the first time, and Semenza hopes to expand the platform to other schools and print programs.
An important element of the Printing Technology Innovation Days model includes the development of pathways to careers at both converter operations and all across the flexographic supply chain. Guest speakers at the October 27 event included: Tony Parsons of Nazdar ink Technologies, Steve Molinets of tesa tape, Randy Davidson of Praxair Surface Technologies, and Jennifer Heathcote of Phoseon Technologies.
Semenza believes the initiative can be a model for how OEMs work within their communities, universities and technical colleges, to not only train, educate and inform, but to deliver the range of services and support needed to grow tomorrow’s workforce. “It also proves the high value attached to programs designed to identify and grow a pool of qualified students for future work placements, and that is never a bad thing,” remarked Semenza.
For more information on the Future of Flexo Initiative, contact Claudio Semenza at 847-621-2369 or Claudio.email@example.com
For more images from the event, check out the L&NW slideshow.