Nearly 300 converters and business partners attended the FTA Fall Conference, held on October 15-17 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, themed ‘Efficiency in Flexography: Connecting the Dots’.
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.
‘Johnny and I are very pleased with the technical content 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. ‘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.’
Visitor Chris Glover of Label World said that the conference contained ‘very good idea-generating sessions’. Dan Doherty of Prairie State Group commented: ‘The FTA FIRST program is real and necessary! A true benefit to the membership.’ Daniel Choate of Kendall Packaging Corp described the event as containing ‘excellent info that can be taken back and used’.
Exhibitors also voiced praise. ‘I enjoyed the conference and thought it was well organized and very interesting,’ said Joe Tremper of Polymount US.
The 42 exhibiting/sponsoring companies included: 360 Imaging / BrandColor Imaging; 3M Industrial Tapes & Adhesives Division; AVT; All Printing Resources; Anderson & Vreeland; Beta Industries; Braden Sutphin Ink Company; Color-Logic; Color Resolutions International; Conversource; CS Laboratories of North America; CT Graphic Arts; DCM Usimeca; DIP Company; DuPont Packaging Graphics; Eaglewood Technologies / Sani-Blast; Eastman Kodak; Eltromat; Erhardt + Leimer; Esko; Flexocleaners.com; Flexotecnica; Flexo Wash; Flint Group Flexographic Products; FLXON; Harper Corporation of America; Leader Engineering Fabrication; MacDermid Printing Solutions; Matthews Brand Solutions; MCS; OEC Graphics; Paper Converting Machine Company / Aquaflex; Pitman, an Agfa Company; Polymount US; PPCTS / ECO; QuadTech; 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; 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.