BOHEMIA, NY – June 3, 2014 – Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) today opened registrations for its 2014 Fall Conference & Tabletop Exhibit “Beyond the Concept: Innovation in Action.” The event will take place Oct. 20-22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, in Minneapolis, MN.
Under the leadership of conference chairs PJ Fronczkiewicz, Flint Group Flexographic Products and Bill Malm, Flexo Wash, the conference will explore the recent and most transformative innovations in the flexographic marketplace and how such advancements contribute to greater process control, waste reductions, productivity increases and shorter make-ready times.
The two and one half day agenda features the following sessions:
- Process of Innovation
- Indirect Flexo
- FIRST 5.0 and Certification
- Innovation and the Image Carrier (Parts I, II and III)
- 2014 Technical Innovation Technology
- Printed Electronics
- RFID to Manage Plate Storage
- Innovation & Expanded Gamut
“Over the last several years we have seen a sea of remarkable ideas come ashore in our industry, especially in prepress and plate technologies,” said Fronczkiewicz. “In many cases and for many printers, radical improvements in print quality can now be accomplished with ease. It’s interesting to hear presentations of newly available technologies, but it can be difficult to trim away the marketing “fluff” from the real usefulness of these products. So our focus will be on drilling down to the application level, demonstrating how these innovations are actually working in the field. Anyone in the market for these technologies will be able to hear how others are truly putting them to use, and see if there’s a match.”
In addition to the sessions, a dedicated exhibitor area will feature the latest technological advancements in products, software and services from more than 50 of flexography’s cutting edge thinkers and crafters. The exhibits will be open during conference breaks, lunches and evening receptions.
Anyone with a mind for innovation, including printers/converters, suppliers, prepress providers, consumer product companies, designers, graphics firms, educators and students of all stripes should make it a priority to attend. Last year’s event drew a record crowd with final attendance numbers signifying a 10 percent increase of the prior year.
Early bird rates offer a $100 savings and are valid through September 19. Consumer Product Companies (CPCs) that hold an active FTA membership are entitled to complimentary registrations. Printers/converters and design firms enjoy specially discounted rates of $350 per FTA member and can take advantage of a buy two, get the third free offer.
Those wanting to reserve a tabletop can save $200, good through June 13, at a rate of $1,495 per FTA member. Exhibitors are promoted as official conference sponsors and as such, receive visibility in all promotional materials before, during and after the events. Those interested can contact FTA’s Director of Membership & Business Development, Jay Kaible at 631-737-6020 ext. 20.
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About FTA/FFTA: 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 1,300 member sites that represent more than 50,000 individuals. Foundation of FTA, founded in 1974, is the educational arm of FTA and is dedicated to supporting and advancing the flexographic printing industry.