FTA Sees Solid Growth During the First Half of 2014; Welcomes 170 New Companies

BOHEMIA, NY – May 29, 2014 – As the demand for quality training programs, networking opportunities and idea exchanges within the package printing and converting marketplace intensifies, the rank and file of the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) continues to grow — both in the United States and on an international level.

From January 2014 to May 2014, nearly 170 new companies and/or individuals, from countries including the United States, South Africa, Bolivia, Venezuela, Finland, Turkey and Israel, joined FTA’s membership roster, which encompasses the entire package printing and converting supply chain. New members include: Connecticut Container (North Haven, CT); Great Northern Corp. (Racine, WI); Hub Labels (Hagerstown, MD); Inland Label (La Crosse, WI); Kraft Foods (Northfield, IL); Johnsonville Sausage (Sheboygan Falls, WI); CMC Group (Bowling Green, OH); and DWS Printing (Deer Park, NY), just to name a few.

“The robust programs that are in place continue to fuel FTA’s growth in membership,” said Jay Kaible, director of membership and business development. “Our Fall Conference and annual Forum & INFO*FLEX continue to break attendee and exhibitor records year after year, with the recent April events drawing some 1,844 attendees and 220 exhibiting companies. Additionally, our FIRST Operator Certification program is the industry leader in training, with more than 3,400 industry professionals taking or achieving FIRST certification through the virtual campus. These are just some of the many benefits FTA offers to ensure our member’s objectives are met.”

The Association, first founded in 1958, represents nearly 1,400 companies and 52,000 individuals worldwide. Membership is comprised of small, medium and large companies and includes narrow web, mid-web and wide-web printers/converters, as well as print buyers, suppliers, prepress providers, brand management firms, designers, graphics organizations, and educators and students. Together with its diverse constituency, FTA works to strengthen the competitiveness of the flexographic print process by offering training and certifications, conferences and exhibitions, FLEXO Magazine (a monthly publication), and educational resources and services.

Those interested in learning more about membership can point their browsers here or contact Susan Demato, FTA membership manager, at 631-737-6020 ext. 11.

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About FTA: Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), chartered in 1958, is a professional society dedicated to bringing all members of the flexographic printing community—printers, suppliers, consumer product companies, institutions, prepress houses and others–together by providing opportunities for the free exchange of technical ideas and discussion of mutual concerns. It is a proponent of maintaining and advancing quality standards and includes 1,650 member sites that represent more than 1,400 companies and 60,000 individuals. Foundation of FTA, founded in 1974, is the educational arm of FTA and is dedicated to supporting and advancing the flexographic printing industry.

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