INFO*FLEX 2014 a Success
The FTA Annual Forum 2014 and INFO*FLEX was a tremendous success this year with a record shattering 1,800+ attendees meandering through aisles and aisles of exhibits. This was the only event in North America that encompasses the entire package printing and converting marketplace under one roof.
There were compelling educational seminars and hundreds of exhibitor booths that made this year’s show the networking mecca of the industry. Photos can be viewed at the FTA’s website.
A special congratulations goes out to the events chairmans Pepper Stokes of Robbie Fantastic Flexibles and Anderson & Vreeland own Technologies Manager Jessica Harkins Harrell, who made the theme of Breaking New Ground a reality with new sessions, new networking opportunities, new educational content and new presenters.
Sunday night’s FTA Annual Banquet & Awards Program saw the naming of winners in FTA’s 2014 Excellence in Flexography Awards. A total of 102 awards were given out, with six companies taking best of show honors.
INFO*FLEX opened to rave reviews on Monday with more than 260 exhibitor booths. Anderson & Vreeland’s exhibit served to showcase new and expanded digital solutions for improved flexo printing, including Xeikon and Screen USA computer-to-plate devices plus integrated workflows. There was heavy traffic, existing and new business alliances were forged, and everyone was excited about flexography’s continued growth.
The INFO*FLEX Solutions Theater featured eight 15-minute sponsor presentations that drew capacity crowds. Networking was evident throughout, spilling over into the Social Networking Reception following the close of Monday’s portion.
Tuesday’s “Mythbusters” educational session that debunked many popular beliefs and misconceptions about flexo was a hit. The capacity crowd welcomed the change in format using short snippets, some live and some video taped ahead of time.
Another big congratulations goes out to Alix Guyot for giving a fantastic presentation on “Proofing Specialty Inks.”
[quote]Presentation Synopsis: Proofing has come a long way in terms of matching color on bright white proofing paper. Three dimensional software now allows graphics to be virtually placed on boxes, bottles, pouches and more, without ever having to print anything. But there is still a “wow” factor to holding a tangible, working mockup. It’s even more impressive if it is a close match to the press. Solvent, UV-LED and new aqueous inkjet printers are being used more and more as proofing devices with a twist. These machines can have white, clear and/or silver ink and can print on a wider range of stock than a traditional inkjet printer. Mockups are now faster and easier to make and potentially more accurate. No more laminating one substrate to another or making two proofs. Many of these printers can be directly driven by proofing software, allowing for color accurate prototypes printed directly onto press stock. If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a color accurate, working prototype worth?[/quote]
This second day of INFO*FLEX was also a great success. Both attendees and exhibitors reported heavy traffic. Tons of networking took place and solutions to long-standing problems were identified.
There is already a lot of buzz about next year’s show and more than 150 booths have already been reserved for INFO*FLEX 2015, scheduled for May 4-5, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Omni Nashville Hotel.