FTA conferences and events are known throughout the flexographic industry. From the annual Forum & INFOFLEX to Fall Conference, educational webinars to regional networking meetings, FTA events bring together the smartest minds in the flexographic industry to share ideas, spread information and advance package printing.
Attracting more than 2,000 flexographers, 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.
The yang to Forum’s yin, 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 tabletop to cater to the increasing number of attendees.
The reverb that echoes from Forum and INFOFLEX in the spring, Fall Conference is a chance to review the biggest 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 brand owner dilemmas. A more intimate affair, Fall Conference attracts several hundred attendees and more than 70 tabletop exhibitors.
FTA’s webinars are free for members. Held about once a month, they offer a direct line of communication from and to an industry member who is an expert in their field of choice. Past webinars have covered color theory, the future of corrugated packaging, digital printing as a complement to flexography, decorating, sustainability and more.
Located throughout the U.S., FTA’s regional networking groups are opportunities to talk shop with flexographers in your area. Whether it’s to problem solve, get advice, share opinions or do business, FTA’s regional networking groups are there to lend an ear. Bring a stack of your own business cards and leave with a fresh stack of contacts.
FTA Emerging Leaders Golf Outing
Teeing off the Saturday before Forum begins, the FTA 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 Flexo Hall of Fame.
Gary Hilliard Memorial Golf Tournament
Gary Hilliard was one of the most devout volunteers to FTA’s cause. He was inducted into the FTA Flexo Hall of Fame in 2013 but sadly, Gary passed away before he could be honored for his contributions. The Gary Hilliard Memorial Golf Tournament is an annual opportunity to remember a great man, play 18 holes and help out the next generation of great flexographers, as money raised goes toward the Gary Hilliard Scholarship.