8th Annual Convention will be held February 27 - March 1, 2005 at the
Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Fla. The meeting features three
days of educational sessions and networking opportunities and is open
to anyone from management/senior management, sales or operations. The conference is open to platemakers,
converters/affiliates, suppliers and affiliate supplier
FPPA Welcomes Six New Members
FPPA welcomed six new
members into the
association. Click here for contact
information and details.
Plate Equipment and Materials
Suppliers Meet with FPPA Representatives to Discuss Market Trends
Several suppliers were invited to address
the Product Technical Committee recently in Las Vegas, or to submit
written responses. Based on the interviews that were conducted, our
suppliers assure us that we, as platemakers, continue to be the
preferred channel to market for plate equipment and material. The volume
of business that we represent, and the trained personnel and knowledge
that we bring to the process make us the customer of choice for our
2005 Awards Deadline Extended to
FPPA’s Excellence in Flexo Prepress
Awards recognize outstanding workmanship in several categories This
year, the awards program has been expanded to include sub-categories for
line, process and screen work. With these changed, opportunities for
recognition have been greatly expanded. In addition, FPPA added a
Technical Achievement Category to the Program to recognize the
complexity and uniqueness of each job.
Last year’s winners of these awards
received a great deal of coverage in trade publications, and were able
to recognize their customers with plaques for their work.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity for
press coverage and relationship building with your customers. What
better way to solidify a relationship with one of your customers than by
winning an award recognizing the quality of work that you can produce
The deadline to submit entries is December
15, 2004. Don’t delay! Download the forms at
https://www.fppa.net/awards.cfm or contact FPPA headquarters.
Management Workshop Delivers
A strong line-up of speakers and topics
led to another successful Fall Management Workshop in Las Vegas with a
record number in attendance.
Many issues and changes face the
FPPA members today which need to be monitored. Through programs such as
this workshop, the FPPA provides valuable resources and forums for
members to explore how and when these changes will affect the way
members do business, their customer base, and even the printing
The entire workshop was filled with
presenters who knew their topics well and shared their views on the
future of the printing industry.
Just a few of the highlights are included in the
following articles. Dialogue will continue
on these topics during the upcoming Annual Convention in Hollywood,
Florida next February.
Role of the Supplier
Ten Steps Toward Profitability
Value Chain By Integrating The Packaging Development Process
Platemakers Cite Rise in Demand for
Plates in 3rd Quarter
According to the most
recent Quarterly Outlook Survey, 40% of platemakers see a rise in the
demand for plates. The survey also reveals an increase in product
demand over last year for 70% of respondents. Most other factors
remain unchanged, according to the survey results.
The FPPA Quarterly
Outlook Survey is sent to members to evaluate how recent business
performance compares to the industry as a whole. The survey is conducted
online and sent to members each quarter. This is a unique opportunity to
compare your performance on a regular basis to other companies as well
as your own past performance. You can also share your concerns and help
direct future surveys by adding comments and questions.
The success of this
program depends on the participation of FPPA members to ensure the most
representative results. If you did not participate this time, please
make a point to take a few minutes to complete the next survey when it
is sent to you on or about January 3, 2005. It only takes about 5
Click here to
view the full results of the survey from the period ending September 30,
is the latest from FPPA members.