FTA Celebrates 60 Years in the Industry

BOHEMIA, NY | This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). Founded in 1958, the FTA says its purpose remains the same—serving the package printing and converting industry by connecting like-minded individuals, providing flexographers the resources needed to expand their skills, and continuing to drive flexography to package printing dominance. 

“The flexographic industry today is vastly different than it was back in 1958,” says Mark Cisternino, FTA president and 2016 Hall of Fame inductee. “The technology is different, the people are different, the world is different. But one common element hasn’t changed, an ideal which has led to the unprecedented growth of the industry and the long-term success of FTA as a vibrant, member-supported technical society: Progress through collaboration! Over the years, thousands of people have contributed to that growth.”

To prove its relevance, FTA’s membership continues to grow. The organization says the printer demographic alone is up by 5% in the past year, and 57% of FTA’s members are printers, making this segment the majority of the membership population. Many of the association’s newest members are label printers. This trend is attributed to the merging of the segment’s current printing presses with the flexographic printing process.

According to FTA, the organization continues to be a powerful force within the package printing and converting universe, thanks to a variety of members at every level of experience, affordable fees, numerous resources, multiple on-line training courses, and production of several annual educational and network events attended by thousands in the industry.

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