From the annual FORUM & INFOFLEX to Fall Conference, educational FTA Membernars to regional networking meetings, golf outings and other social gatherings, FTA events bring together the smartest minds in the flexographic industry to share ideas, spread information and advance package printing.
Attracting flexographers from far and wide, FORUM is FTA’s biggest annual event. Over the course of four days, attendees learn new techniques and get exposure to the latest technologies, take the industry’s pulse, hear testimonials and anecdotes from colleagues, solidify an understanding of the basics and come away from it all better prepared to meet client expectations.
INFOFLEX is the epicenter of package printing and converting. Taking place in the afternoons following the second and third day of FORUM, it’s where flexographers go to experience the newest solutions to their pressroom problems in the flesh. The event grows every year, with more exhibiting companies setting up a booth to cater to eager attendees.
The reverb that echoes from FORUM and INFOFLEX in the spring, Fall Conference is a chance to review the takeaways from the larger annual events, catch up on what’s happened in the industry in the last six months and rub elbows with representatives from dozens of companies with new solutions to your printing dilemmas.
FTA’s Membernars are free for members. Held about once a month, they offer a direct line of communication from and to an industry expert. They cover a wide range of topics; past Membernars have focused on color theory, the future of corrugated packaging, anilox cleaning, digital printing as a complement to flexography, ink types, decorating, sustainability and more.
Located throughout the US, FTA’s regional networking groups are opportunities to talk shop with flexographers in your area. Whether it’s to problem solve, get advice, learn about advancements and new technologies, share opinions or do business, FTA’s regional networking groups are there to lend an ear. Bring a stack of your own business cards; leave with a fresh stack of contacts and industry connections.
Teeing off the Saturday before FORUM begins, the Emerging Leaders Golf Outing brings the future of our industry together with its experienced workforce for a day of anecdote trading and pretending to not be terrible at golf. With more than 100 participants, every Emerging Leaders Golf Outing is an opportunity to learn, regardless of your age. The outing is sponsored by the FTA Hall of Fame.
Gary Hilliard was one of the most devout volunteers to FTA’s cause. He was inducted into the FTA Hall of Fame in 2013 but sadly, passed away before he could be honored for his contributions. The Gary Hilliard Memorial Golf Tournament is an opportunity to remember a great man, play 18 holes and help the next generation of flexographers, as money raised goes toward the Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship.
Dedicated individuals, innovative technologies, environmental initiatives and, of course, superlative flexographic printing. The Awards Banquet calls attention to all of these, with a formal dinner and presentation of various honors, among them FTA’s most storied and sought-after awards.
After two days of in-depth and technical presentations at FORUM, and an afternoon of discovering cutting-edge technologies at INFOFLEX, the Monday Evening Social is a chance to unwind, converse in an informal setting and catch up with industry colleagues.