FTA honors and awards are among the most sought after in the flexographic industry. Each winning individual, company, product or print is chosen by a group of industry members—nobody is better qualified to evaluate and weigh in on their value and importance. Each of FTA’s awards is announced at its Annual Forum & INFO*FLEX; there, before a packed room of fellow flexographers, those honorees are brought to the stage and rightly recognized for their achievements and contributions to the industry.
Excellence in Flexography Awards
Technical Innovation Award
Everything you need to know about the Technical Innovation Award is in its name: Technology and innovation. The Technical Innovation Award calls attention to the marrying of these two ideas in products which solve real problems facing flexographic printers. Past winners have run the gamut, from entire presses to plates to software. There were three recipients of the 2017 Technical Innovation Award: Esko, for its XPS Crystal 5080; Flint Group, for its EkoCure ANCORA ink; and Mark Andy, for its Digital Series Hybrid Press.
Sustainability Excellence Award
Flexography is not known for being environmentally friendly, but that has not stopped the quest to mitigate its impact. The Sustainability Excellence Award recognizes printers who endure the added cost, additional constraints and first-adopter pitfalls to lessen their printing’s affect on the environment. The 2017 Sustainability Excellence Award was given to Artcraft Label, for its ProPETE; and Polymount US, for its Polymount Film Cleaner. An honorable mention was given to Heritage Envelopes, for its PackMail solution.
FTA Hall of Fame
For an individual to be inducted into any hall of fame requires a dedication spanning a lifetime. Members of the FTA Hall of Fame have selflessly volunteered their free time to aid the Association in its mission, while also having a dramatic impact on the flexographic industry. When the newest member of the FTA Hall of Fame is announced at Forum’s Annual Banquet & Awards Program, it is only he or she who is truly surprised; inductees are fixtures of the industry, staples at FTA events, regular contributors to FLEXO Magazine, constantly serving on or heading committees.
FTA Scholarships shine a much-needed spotlight on the future of the flexographic industry. The Association has offered scholarships to students for more than three decades.
The FFTA Scholarship is a $3,000 award given to high school seniors and college freshman, sophomores and juniors interested in flexography and/or graphic communications.
The FFTA Rossini North America Flexographic Research Scholarship, sponsored by Rossini North America, awards a total of $22,500 to a first- and second-place winner.
Gary Hilliard Scholarship
The FFTA/FQC Gary Hilliard Scholarship is a $2,500 grant to a student tasked with developing and executing a flexography-focused project.