Nearly 300 printers, converters and their business partners attended last week’s FTA Fall Conference (Oct. 15-17; Milwaukee, WI), themed “Efficiency in Flexography: Connecting the Dots.” They pointed to the sessions with statements like “High energy, thought provoking,” “Well done,” “Best set of qualified speakers,” “Very relevant to our business”, “Format, speakers and content = A+.”
Co-chaired by Sean Teufler,
Harper Corporation of America and Johnny Dye, Accredo Packaging; the event
hosted more than 20 speakers and 42 conference exhibitors/sponsors who kept the
conversation and networking continuous.
• Presenters were lauded for
their attention to detail.
• Capacity crowds filled the
• Sold-out exhibit floor.
“Johnny and I are very pleased
with the technical content and and how it developed understanding throughout
the conference agenda. We were also impressed with how the presentations
sparked further discussion at the tabletop exhibit,” commented Teufler. He
added, “We are gratified to hear positive feedback from many attendees; the
consensus is the show was well worth the time and attendees are eager to apply
the principles learned to their operations.”
That assessment was shared by
others. One printer cited, “Great information. Made me rethink our processes!”
Another said that it was “Refreshing to hear different perspectives when it comes
to workflow, beginning to end.” Yet another pointed to the paybacks, “The
conference reinforced the benefits of process control, and how it is being both
accepted and expected.”
Chris Glover, Label World, Inc.
summed it up like this, “Very good ideagenerating sessions.” Dan Doherty,
Prairie State Group steered his remarks toward the FIRST session, “The
FTA FIRST program is ‘real and necessary’! A true benefit to the
membership!” Daniel Choate, Kendall Packaging Corp. left this remark on his
evaluation form, “Excellent info that can be taken back and used!”
Exhibitors also voiced praise.
Mike Orcutt, Matthews Brand Solutions exclaimed, “Awesome job! Look forward to
more future participation.” “I enjoyed the conference and thought it was well
organized and very interesting,” said Joe Tremper, Polymount US LLC.
The 42 exhibiting/sponsoring
companies included: 360 Imaging / BrandColor Imaging; 3M Industrial Tapes &
Adhesives Division; AVT; All Printing Resources, Inc.; Anderson & Vreeland,
Inc.; Beta Industries; Braden Sutphin Ink Company; Color-Logic Inc.; Color Resolutions
International; Conversource; CS Laboratories of N. America, Inc; CT Graphic
Arts; DCM Usimeca; DIP Company; DuPont Packaging Graphics; Eaglewood
Technologies, LLC / Sani- Blast; Eastman Kodak; eltromat; Erhardt + Leimer;
Esko; Flexocleaners.com; Flexotecnica; Flexo Wash LLC; Flint Group Flexographic
Products; FLXON Inc; Harper Corporation of America; Leader Engineering
Fabrication, Inc.; MacDermid Printing Solutions; Matthews Brand Solutions; MCS,
Inc.; OEC Graphics, Inc.; Paper Converting Machine Company / Aquaflex; Pitman,
an Agfa Company; Polymount US LLC; PPCTS / ECO; QuadTech, Inc.; Screen USA; Ship
& Shore Environmental; The Provident Group; Tri-X Incorporated; XericWeb
Drying Systems; and X-Rite Pantone.
Speakers included: Brian Ashe,
X-Rite; Richard Black, All Printing Resources; Roger Bostdorff, Leader
Engineering-Fabrication, Inc.; Bobby Congdon, The Sonoco Institute of Packaging
Design and Graphics; Cori Devlin, DuPont Packaging Graphics; Robb Frimming,
Schawk; Travis Gilkey, Best Label; Malcolm Keif, California Polytechnic State
University; Paul Lancelle, Eastman Kodak; Veronika Lovell, Sun Chemical
Corporation; Rory Marsoun, Esko; Al Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark; Mark Mazur,
DuPont Packaging Graphics; Michael Orcutt, Matthews Brand Solutions; Dan Rosen,
Flint Group Flexographic Products; John Seymour, QuadTech; Joe Tuccitto,
Flexographic Technical Association; and Guy Yogev, AVT.