Ritz Carlton Amelia Island to
Host 2006 Convention
Due to the
unfortunate circumstances surrounding Hurricane Katrina, it was
necessary for FPPA to relocate its 9th Annual Convention from
New Orleans to Amelia Island, Florida. The new host will be The Ritz-Carlton,
Material Comparison: Test Results
FPPA’s Technology Task
Force has invited industry plate material suppliers to participate in a
voluntary test program. The Task Force, in cooperation with Clemson
University and Flexographic Trade School, have developed the criteria
and process by which performance will be measured for narrow web and
corrugated projects. Plates will be provided by suppliers and put on
press at Clemson and FTS to measure performance criteria. Print samples
and plates will be on display during this session.
Dr. Page Crouch will provide a summary of
the tests during this session, to demonstrate how each plate material
performed during the testing program.
Suppliers: Agfa Corporation, Anderson Vreeland, DuPont Imaging
Technologies, MacDermid and XSYS. A panel of participating plate
material suppliers will be on hand to answer questions and comment on
the test results.
Test Results will be presented at FPPA’s 9th
Annual Convention, March 12-14, 2006.
FPPA Unveils New Supplier
In order to promote better cooperation
between platemakers and suppliers and to assist
Associate Members in understanding the needs of their platemaker
partners, FPPA has established a Supplier Recognition Awards Program.
Platemaker members will be sent a ballot
package in December and asked to rate the supplier companies with whom
you are currently doing business. Suppliers will be rated in such areas
as sales support, technical support, order fulfillment & customer
service, and product enhancement opportunities.
The supplier member receiving the highest
overall ratings will be named “Supplier of the Year” at the upcoming
Annual Convention in Amelia Island, Florida.
Platemakers – Watch your mailboxes for
your ratings sheets in early December. We are striving for 100%
participation among our members.
Deadline Approaching for
Technology Innovator of the Year Award
Don’t miss the chance to submit your entries for this
Innovator of the Year Award. FPPA will announce the award winner at
its Annual Convention March 12-14, 2005 in Amelia Island, Florida.
Maximize Your Investment in FPPA by
You’ve undoubtedly heard the old adage,
you get out of something what you put into it. No where is that adage
more true than participation in a trade association. Those individuals
who serve on committees or the board of directors have an opportunity to
network with their industry peers on a regular basis, in a unique
setting. These participating volunteers typically have an “inside track”
on what is occurring in the marketplace.
Take this opportunity
to help shape the future of the FPPA and become more plugged in to the
Report Higher Demand in 3rd Quarter Fueled by Digital Plates
According to the
most recent Quarterly Outlook Survey, for the period ending September
30, 2005, half of member respondents reported a rise in volume demand
over the previous quarter (compared to 36% of respondents last quarter).
Fueling the growth appears to be demand for digital plates – 62% of
member respondents reported rising demand from the previous quarter for
digital plates. See link to full report below.
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 in October. There is no
charge and it only takes about 5 minutes.
Click here to view the full results of the survey from the period ending
September 30, 2005.
FPPA Program With APPI Could Spell Savings Amidst Rising
Last year, FPPA
introduced the APPI Savings Solutions program. This new
member benefit identifies and implements options that reduce the costs
of each member’s energy, utility, and telecommunications services. The
number of member companies using the service continues to grow.
Welcomes New Members
FPPA welcomes the
following members who have joined the association since our last issue
Preflex Digital Prepress Services
4620 95th Street SW #D
PO Box 99008
Lakewood, WA 98499
Day International, Inc.
95 Glenn Bridge Road
Arden, NC 28704
Will Goss, Director of Technology
John Elia, VP & Business Director, Specialty Products
is the latest from FPPA members.