At its very core, the printing industry is all about education, from educating the end consumer of processes and tools that your client firm provides to educating your clients about the various package printing solutions that are available for their business to educating your suppliers about your needs and how tools such as printing converters and waste management systems increase printing efficiency.
For the Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) Annual Forum 2014, the concept behind the largest annual gathering of the package printing and converting marketplace is all about delivering compelling educational content, business-building networking and the “aha” moments or “Breaking New Ground”. The format for next year’s FTA Forum will be surprisingly innovative, as there will be a plethora of new knowledge and educational best practices from the major manufacturers all the way down to the final client level along with the new “Flexo Mythbusters”. Panels will include:
- Printers, who will share the means by which they incorporate OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) to manage their pressrooms more effectively
- Print buyers that will offer their unique perspectives and experiences with regard to expanded gamut printing
- Researchers, who will extend the dialogue into new and emerging markets that will be of critical importance to stakeholders looking to position their business for future growth
In addition to these exciting topics, a new segment, dubbed “Flexo Mythbusters” will engage those newer to the industry, examining the fallacies and fables of flexographic printing with detailed discussions on topics such as Flexography 101 and Flexography 102. Veterans will delve three concurrent sessions, which will be incorporated into the program to address specific concerns, challenges and opportunities facing those market segments.
To that extent, we’re seeking myths to bust! We’ve all heard some of the great half-truths in the flexo world. But how do they square up to reality? Got a flexo fable that you want to see cleared up once and for all? Submit your myths to Sharon Cox, FTA director of marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org and then plan to attend Forum as we debunk them.
Program development is being led by Forum Chairs Pepper Stokes of Robbie Fantastic Flexibles and Jessica Harkins of Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. Abstract review, speaker selection and session format determination is underway. The ultimate objective is to build a top-notch, ground-breaking agenda for launch in April 2014.
Forum 2014 will be held April 27-30, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. For more news and information, be sure to check the FTA website.