Flexographic Technical Association’s
(FTA) 2014 Annual Forum, themed
Breaking New Ground, did just that at
last week’s four-day event, April 27-30.
Attendance records were shattered. Educational and technical content was at its finest. Networking was continuous and constant. Subject matter inspired dialogue and discussion.
Chaired by Pepper Stokes, robbie fantastic flexibles, and Jessica Harkins Harrell, Anderson & Vreeland, Inc., the conference drew record crowds for flexography’s main event, which took place in downtown Baltimore, MD. Eleven sessions spanned everything from the fundamentals, found in the Flexography 101 and 102 sessions, to the more complex processes expounded upon in sessions like Expanded Gamut and Managing Pressroom Efficiencies.
•Myths were debunked, demystified and deflated in the Flexo Mythbusters session.
•Research results were unveiled during the Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) session.
•Growth and diversified markets took center stage in the Emerging Flexo Markets session.
•A preview of what’s in store for future updates was given in the FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances) session.
•An array of concurrent sessions (Flexible Packaging, Tags & Labels and Corrugated) delved into the specific concerns, challenges and opportunities facing those market segments.
“Everything came together extremely well for this year’s Forum gathering,” said Mark Cisternino, FTA/FFTA president. “The program committee and members of the FTA staff really took the theme to heart in executing a number of new and exciting initiatives throughout the year-long development process. There was a real positive buzz among attendees at the conference and on the INFO*FLEX show floor...both commenting on the success of the event, as well as reflecting on the current strong business conditions in the flexo marketplace.”
Next year’s Forum is slated for May 3-6, 2015 in Nashville, TN.