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FTA Forum 2013

The FTA 2013 Forum and INFO*FLEX exhibition promises a wealth of technical sessions and firsthand product demonstrations in beautiful San Diego, California. It doesn't get much better than this.

April 2013 By Tom Polischuk
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The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) is all set to celebrate its 55th anniversary at its big bash—the annual FTA Forum and INFO*FLEX exhibition. With a theme of "Right Here. Right Now.", this year's technical conference and exhibition will take place at the San Diego Convention Center in beautiful San Diego, California from April 28 to May 1.

It's shaping up to be one of the industry highlights of the year. The INFO*FLEX exhibition will be held on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. With a surge in demand, FTA was able to add additional booth space to accommodate the more than 200 leading suppliers and manufacturers that will be showcasing their products and technologies. And they will be plenty busy. According to Jay Kaible, director of business development and membership, printers and converters will be there in full force. "As it stands now, registrations for FTA's Annual Forum and the INFO*FLEX Exhibition are up more than 100 percent from this time last year."

Sandwiched around the INFO*FLEX exhibition, FTA will present its usual array of highly informative technical sessions. This year's conference program is chaired by Bob Mullen, Sun Chemical Corp., and Pepper Stokes, Robbie Fantastic Flexibles. "The theme of "Right Here. Right Now." was selected because it is the crux of the proceedings," says Mullen. "Everything you need to know to maximize and sustain success in today's challenging and ever-changing print environment will be discussed, right here (in San Diego) and right now (April 28-May 1)."

The technical conference will take place on Sunday afternoon, and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings. Major themes will include: Food Safety and Emerging Trends on Sunday; Excellence in Flexography and Expanded Gamut Printing on Monday; Flexo Quality Consortium and Workflow Automation on Tuesday; and FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances) on Wednesday. Several presentations will be provided each of these major themes.

The food safety session will focus on the regulations, certifications, and food safety initiatives that are fast becoming a must for the modern food packager. Dubbed "Life is Full of Options … Complying with Food Safety is Not One of Them!, the session will provide much more than a simple glimpse into food safety.



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