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FTA Member Benefits

Now is the time to tap into the power of FTA. Because now more than ever, a FTA membership matters most to you and your business. Join today.

FTA provides information, education, experts, outreach, and the networking opportunities you need to grow sales and market share in a tough, competitive, fragmented market.

"The companies I've worked for have all been proud FTA members, and for good reason. The information available from a number of FTA's resources (FLEXO Magazine, INFO*FLEX, Forum, the website) is timely, educational and geared toward all different skill levels. If you're not a member yet, I'd encourage you to check it out! It's a small investment for solid information and valuable experiences."

— Steve Mullins, Exopack

As a member, staying connected and informed is just part of how FTA helps you grow your business and increase profits. You’ll have instant access to the support, guidance, perspective and leadership that FTA offers to each of its nearly 1,300 member companies. You’ll be able to tap into services, support, products and events aimed at helping both you and your business prosper in this increasingly competitive marketplace. What’s more, you’ll be connected to the solutions your business needs to emerge stronger, healthier, and better equipped to thrive in a new economy.

One of the greatest values of becoming a FTA member is that it benefits your entire company location. When your company joins FTA, every employee of your location has complete access to all FTA member privileges. We urge you to join us — to advance our industry, to advance your business, and to advance your career.

 

Now more than ever, membership matters. Join FTA today.


Click within each region below to see benefits to becoming an FTA member in greater detail.

Benefits for printers/converters

Network with peers year-round. Our members easily build partnerships and contacts at FTA’s annual conferences, exhibitions, and networking groups. These are the events where the industry leaders go to share ideas, exchange solutions, discuss trends and challenges, and learn about new technologies that enhance their productivity and profitability.

Take your staff to the next level. With our TEST (Technical Education Services Team) program, professional advancement is easy. TEST supports your business goals through innovative approaches to education and training.  Become FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances) Certified in Press, Prepress or Implementation Specialist.   

Maximize efficiency, boost productivity, and win new business. The FIRST Press Operator Certification Program is the flexo industry’s standard of excellence. Those who successfully complete the three levels will have attained comprehensive technical knowledge of the flexo print process, with expertise in implementing the specifications outlined in FIRST.  The end result? Proficiency - demonstrated by high-quality, repeatable & consistent print results.

Keep current. As a member, you receive free subscriptions to the industry’s leading publication, FLEXO Magazine, known as “The Flexographic Technology Source.” Additionally, you’ll receive FTA’s monthly eNewsletters, Inside the FTA and EHS Direct! that will keep you current on FTA and the latest happenings within the industry.

Receive preferred-member pricing. As a member, you’ll enjoy generous discounts (typically 50% off the list price) on scores of titles such as FIRST 4.1 and Flexography Principles & Practices 6.0, as well as on all FTA-sponsored conferences, courses and affiliated industry events.

Increase your market exposure. Get your brand out to the masses and receive complimentary listings in the world’s most comprehensive guide to flexographic products and services - FLEXO Magazine’s Annual SourceBook issue.

Access free technical, sustainability, environmental, health & safety information. FTA is always available to answer any and all of your most challenging technical questions. Our members routinely contact us to get the answers they need to become better printers/converters.

Certify your sustainability efforts. Your customers are looking for printers who produce environmentally-friendly products. As a founding partner of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the only certification program for printers in North America, FTA members receive discounted rates for the application and audit fees.

Earn recognition. Join the ranks of the truly accomplished by entering your best print jobs into FTA’s annual awards competitions which recognizes the industry’s best – in print quality, graphic design, product technology and environmental excellence.

Tap into group buying power. Through the FTA Wi$e1 Member Discount Program, members save thousands each year by taking advantage of money-saving opportunities from companies that provide everything from business insurance to utility auditing to purchases of computer hardware and software.

BENFITS FOR SUPPLIERS & PREPRESS PROVIDERS

Network with prospects and peers year-round. Our members easily build partnerships and boost their customer base at FTA’s annual conferences and networking groups. These events provide the perfect venues to grow your business, showcase your services and wares, and get in front of the industry leaders who are there to gain new insights, share ideas, exchange solutions, discuss trends and challenges, and learn about new technologies and practices.

Increase your market exposure. FTA offers a wide array of opportunities to get your name out in front of your customers –from exhibiting at the INFO*FLEX Exhibition and the Fall Conference, to sponsorship opportunities that include free advertisements in FLEXO Magazine, banner ads on our website, and your company logo in conference brochures and promotional materials. Additionally, our members receive complimentary listings in the world’s most comprehensive guide to flexographic products and services - FLEXO Magazine’s Annual SourceBook issue. What’s more, FTA supplier members are eligible for reduced rates to become listed as a SGP Patron through the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership.

Take your staff to the next level. With our TEST (Technical Education Services Team) program, professional advancement is easy. TEST supports your business goals through innovative approaches to education and training.  Become FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances) Certified in Press, Prepress or Implementation Specialist.   

Maximize efficiency, boost productivity, and win new business. The FIRST ‘Prepress Operator’ and ‘Implementation Specialist’ Certification Program are the flexo industry’s standards of excellence. Students who successfully complete the three levels will have a solid understanding of FIRST methodology and will be able to effectively communicate, analyze and apply FIRST design/prepress/print specifications. The end result? You’ll give your plant a true competitive advantage and keep repeat orders flowing.

Receive preferred-member pricing. As a member, you’ll enjoy generous discounts (typically 50% off the list price) on scores of titles such as FIRST 4.1 and Flexography Principles & Practices 6.0, as well as on all FTA sponsored conferences, courses and affiliated industry events.

Keep current. As a member, you receive free subscriptions to the industry’s leading publication, FLEXO Magazine, known as “The Flexographic Technology Source.” Additionally, you’ll receive FTA’s monthly eNewsletters, Inside the FTA and EHS Direct! that will keep you current on FTA and the latest happenings within the industry.

Access free technical, sustainability, environmental, health & safety information. FTA is always available to answer any and all of your most challenging technical questions. Call, email or touch base via our LinkedIn group. We’re always happy to help.

Earn recognition. Join the ranks of the truly accomplished by entering your best work into FTA’s annual awards competitions which recognizes the industry’s best – in print quality, graphic design, product technology and environmental excellence.

Tap into group buying power. Through the FTA Wi$e1 Member Discount Program, members save thousands each year by taking advantage of the money-saving opportunities from companies that provide everything from business insurance to utility auditing to purchases of computer hardware and software.

BENEFITS FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS COMPANIES

Network with your suppliers year-round. Our members easily build and maintain their business relationships at FTA’s annual conferences and networking groups. Not only do these events serve as the perfect educational resources to gain new insights, share ideas, exchange solutions, and discuss trends and challenges, but they also provide the ideal opportunity to meet with your printers/converters to learn about emerging technologies that enhance your print jobs.

Take your staff to the next level. With our TEST (Technical Education Services Team) program, professional advancement is easy. TEST supports your business goals through innovative approaches to education and training.  Become FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances) Certified in Press, Prepress or Implementation Specialist.   

Keep current. As a member, you receive free subscriptions to the industry’s leading publication, FLEXO Magazine, known as “The Flexographic Technology Source.” Additionally, you’ll receive FTA’s monthly eNewsletters, Inside the FTA and EHS Direct! that will keep you current on FTA and the latest happenings within the industry.

Receive preferred-member pricing. As a member, you’ll enjoy generous discounts (typically 50% off the list price) on scores of titles such as FIRST 4.1 and Flexography Principles & Practices 6.0, as well as on all FTA sponsored conferences, courses and affiliated industry events.

Access free technical, sustainability, environmental, health & safety information. FTA is always available to answer any and all of your most challenging technical questions. Call, email or touch base via our LinkedIn group. We’re always happy to help.

Tap into group buying power. Through the FTA Wi$e1 Member Discount Program, members save thousands each year by taking advantage of the money-saving opportunities from companies that provide everything from business insurance to utility auditing to purchases of computer hardware and software.

BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS

Develop professional contacts. As a FTA Student Member, you have access to extraordinary people who will enrich your life, further your education and help you meet your academic and career goals. There are a wide range of resources on hand to keep you ahead and of course FTA staff is always available to provide guidance and support.

Keep current. As a member, you receive a free subscription to the industry’s leading publication, FLEXO Magazine, known as “The Flexographic Technology Source.” Additionally, you’ll receive FTA’s monthly eNewsletters, Inside the FTA and EHS Direct! that will keep you current on FTA and the latest happenings within the industry. These are valuable tools and resources to increase your knowledge and build your skills (and your resume) – making you stand out in today’s competitive job market.

Attend FTA-sponsored conferences and events free-of-charge. At events such as our Annual Forum & INFO*FLEX Exhibition you’ll have the opportunity to meet with prospective employers, browse the latest products and services offerings, learn from the numerous technical presentations and network with industry experts.

Take advantage of generous discounts on FTA products. Why buy at the school store when you can save big with FTA member discounts?

Gain information about scholarships opportunities. FTA has been providing financial aid to students who demonstrate an interest in the fields of flexography and/or graphic communications. These scholarships are highly coveted and are available only to a select number of students.

Spotlight your resume. A membership with FTA makes your resume standout from the rest, giving you a distinct advantage – a head start to a great career.

BENEFITS FOR EDUCATORS

Participate in the Flexo in Education program, a partnership between education and the flexographic industry to fill the need for trained workers. The benefits to your students and the industry are numerous. Students learn marketable skills so they may enter the workforce upon graduating from school, while the industry benefits through the establishment of trained and skilled individuals with a solid understanding of flexo technology.

Keep current. As a member, you receive free subscriptions to the industry’s leading publication, FLEXO Magazine, known as “The Flexographic Technology Source.” Additionally, you’ll receive FTA’s monthly eNewsletters, Inside the FTA and EHS Direct! that will keep you current on FTA and the latest happenings within the industry.

Enjoy a complimentary registration to conferences such as our Annual Forum & INFO*FLEX Exhibition (That’s a $900+ value). Not only do these events serve as the perfect educational resource to gain new insights, share ideas, exchange solutions, and discuss trends and challenges, but it also provides the ideal opportunity to meet with members of the flexo industry and view the latest services and wares on display. Take what you learn back to the classroom immediately.

Receive educational discounts of up to 50% off the already reduced member price for select FTA educational materials.  Use these informative references to educate yourself and your students.

Learn new things through the Virtual Campus to take back to the classroom, with our TEST (Technical Education Services Team) program.     

Gain recognition for your teaching program.
Enter print samples produced by your students in the Excellence in Flexography Awards Competition. Participate in the annual educational booth competition at INFO*FLEX.