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  • 21 Oct 2011

FTA holds annual Fall Conference

The North American FTA put ‘Color in Focus’ before an audience of nearly 300 flexographers during its recent annual Fall Conference. The assembly consisted largely of printers; but suppliers, pre-press technicians, consumer product companies, teachers and students were also represented as well. 

Co-chaired by Mark Mazur of DuPont Packaging Graphics and Dan Collins of Berry Plastics, the event took place in St Louis, Missouri, where 14 speakers and 34 conference exhibitors were present. 

The speakers were Mark Mazur, DuPont Packaging Graphics; Richard Black, All Printing Resources; Mark Samworth, EskoArtwork; Steve Upton, Chromix; Roy Bohnen, Epson America; Robb Frimming, Schawk Cincinnati; Al Bowers, RR Donnelley; Jay Sperry, HAVI Global Solutions; Kelly McCathran, onlineinstruct.com; Son Do, Rods and Cones; Sean Teufler, Harper Corporation of America; Randy Freeman, QuadTech; Paul Brauss, Mark Andy; and Hans Deamer, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation. 

The 34 conference exhibitors included 360 Imaging; 3M; Advanced Vision Technology (AVT); All Printing Resources; Anderson & Vreeland; Beta Industries; BST Pro Mark; CGS; Channeled Resources; Chromix; Color Management; Correct-Touch Graphic Arts; DuPont Packaging Graphics; Eastman Kodak Company; Erhardt+Leimer; EskoArtwork; Flexo Wash; GTI Graphic Technology; Harper Corporation of America; Lohmann Technologies; MacDermid Printing Solutions; Mark Andy; Matthews Brand Solutions; MCS; MicroDynamics; OEC Graphics; Pitman; QuadTech; RotoMetrics; The Provident Group; United Mineral & Chemical Corp; Wilson Manufacturing; XericWeb Drying Systems and X-Rite.

Attendee Greg Collins of C-P Flexible Packaging described the event as a ‘great, detailed overview of color, from start to finish’. Tom Philips of Yerecic Label said: ‘Seeing the results of implementing specifications and protocols from substrate to press, pre-press and design – on a large scale – was inspiring.’ 

Michele Surreaus, an instructor at Appalachian State University, commented: ‘All sessions were very engaging and interesting. They offered great balance and real-world data. The proceedings were awesome and contained so much useful information. Fall Conference filled in a lot of gaps, some I did not know I had about basic color theory. I can’t wait to share what I learned with my students.’ 

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