When the ribbon opening FTA’s INFOFLEX 2019 is cut Monday, May 6, some 1,850 will crowd through the doors and spread throughout the 300-booth trade floor of New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Traffic will be heavy, as the latest, state-of-the-art technologies—designed to make printers more quality conscious, efficiency minded, response oriented and, as a result, more highly productive than ever before—are unveiled and showcased.
All present will witness the ninth consecutive sell-out of floor space and benefit from their individual first-hand experience. Networking opportunities will abound, leading to innumerable solutions to packaging converters’ long-standing challenges. It’s been that way for 37 years. INFOFLEX shines bright and stands out as a stalwart, “must-attend” event for everyone and anyone involved in the global package printing and converting community.
Staged side-by-side with FTA’s annual Forum, INFOFLEX steps beyond the boundaries of the educational sessions and addresses real-world, real-time applications through live demonstrations and personal interactions that lead to targeted one-to-one dialogue, transcending flexo. It happens right out in plain sight and brings complementary technologies that enhance flexographers’ abilities to meet customer expectations to the forefront. INFOFLEX showcases multiprocess capabilities—digital, screen, offset and hybrid derivatives, and everything associated with them.
What happens at INFOFLEX encourages printers to eliminate barriers, expand offerings and challenge team members to learn to do things they’ve not accomplished before. New finishing systems, enhanced defect detection capabilities, automated workflow software and systems, the latest analog and digital presses, customized inks, anilox roll cleaning system refinements, plus, application-specific doctor blades, plates, sleeves, mounting tapes—anything a printer needs to refine the quality of product put out—is there, and in many cases, it’s ready to feel, touch, experience and discuss.
INFOFLEX, an identity statement of FTA and the organization’s signature networking event for 37 consecutive years, has built and cemented a top tier reputation by focusing on package printers and converters like no other exhibition in the global marketplace. It’s time efficient, cost effective and laser focused on the needs, tools, techniques and technological advancements that help each of them get better at what they do.
Just ask any attendee; you’ll quickly learn that most keep coming back year after year. By and large, attendees and exhibitors alike deem INFOFLEX No. 1 when it comes to exhibitions that reflect their world, speak to unique aspects of their plants, meet their needs and equip them to go back home and improve performance.
Why? Let’s examine INFOFLEX’s drawing card, proven results and critical connection with the FTA members—printers, manufacturers, distributors, premedia service providers, students, educators and other industry partners—that it serves and supports. Non-members are also welcome and their presence is noticeable on the trade floor. Many, in fact, use their first INFOFLEX experience as justification for adding their firm’s name to FTA’s membership roster.
No other trade show catering to package printing can boast of eight consecutive “SELL-OUTS!” Attendee surveys, conducted on an annual basis, reveal:
- 98 percent assign an overall rating of good to excellent
- 98 percent conduct business and network
- 97 percent rate length good to excellent
- 80 percent of exhibitors return, with 85 percent rating attendees good to excellent
- 78 percent of printers find solutions and plan on utilizing them in the future
Mention INFOFLEX to printers and exhibitors alike and appreciation for the sense of community the event conveys is one of the first things they cite. Other common statements: “Everyone goes to the show.” “Printers are here to talk to.” “Decision-makers are in abundance.” “More and more label converters attend.” “This event continually rises to new levels of importance.”
The stage is set for 2019. Show management promises to deliver on all expectations!