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Welcome to the Future

About This Session

Hear about current and new paths forward for the flexographic industry.

Presentations & Speakers

Fall Conference 2022 headshot Tim Cooper

The Future of Flexographic Printing

Tim Cooper, Project Director for Packaging at Smithers

Presentation Details
This presentation will provide insights on the current state and outlook for the global flexographic print market. Key industry topics covered will include an assessment of demand drivers and trends, current and forecasted market sizes by region and end-use segments, printing equipment and consumables, and an evaluation of regional implications and differences.
Speaker Bio
About Tim: Tim is a project director for packaging at Smithers with deep industry experience in corrugated and paperboard. He excels at implementing tools and capabilities to enhance business intelligence needs by utilizing a diverse experience in market research and analysis, strategic planning, sales, project management, data analysis and forecasting, CRM administration, and cross-functional team coordination. He contributes to success by leveraging exemplary leadership, analytical and communication skills to provide sustainable marketing solutions and maximize business objectives.
Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and joined the Consultancy Team in April 2022.
Fall Conference 2022 headshot Claudia St John

Re-Imagining the World of Work: Adjusting to a New Normal

Claudia St. John, Founder and President at Affinity HR Group Inc

Presentation Details
Historically low unemployment rates vexing you? The Great Resignation got you down? Demands for hybrid work creating frustrations? Baby Boomers heading off on retirement while Gen Z and Millennials force you to re-evaluate how you attract and engage employees?
Welcome to the new World of Work. It’s not going away anytime soon. Join Claudia in re-imagining your human capital strategies to help those in the print packaging and flexographic space find and keep talent, maintain profitability and grow.
Speaker Bio
About Claudia: Claudia is founder and president of Affinity HR Group Inc, a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring and recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement. Affinity HR Group is endorsed as an HR partner and resource for numerous print and label associations.
As a consultant and frequent speaker, Claudia has given hundreds of presentations and workshops on such topics as how to recruit like a pro, common management mistakes, employee engagement and multi-generational workplace challenges. She is the author of the Amazon.com bestselling book Transforming Teams – Tips for Improving Collaboration and Building Trust. Her weekly HR Minute emails and monthly articles are followed by thousands of business leaders nationwide.
Fall Conference 2022 headshot Mark Mazur

Introduction to FIRST 7.0

Mark R. Mazur, FIRST Committee Chair and FTA Hall of Fame Member

Presentation Details
Introducing FIRST 7.0! FIRST celebrates its silver anniversary with the release of the all-new 7.0 edition.
FIRST 7.0 contains a brand-new section titled Measurement & Verification, and all its original sections—Communications & Implementation, Design, Prepress and Print—have seen significant updates. The 7.0 release also includes cutting-edge information on ink trapping, opacity of substrates and white ink, and an overview of The Optimal Method, a new print calibration technique using tone curves to match an ICC profile.
Learn more about everything new and exciting in FIRST 7.0, as we honor 25 years of FIRST improving flexographic print capabilities.
Speaker Bio
About Mark: Mark R. Mazur received a B.S. in chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany in 1978, a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Yale University in 1982 and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University in 1987. Mark worked for DuPont for 32 years, retiring Feb. 2, 2015. During his career at DuPont, he had a variety of assignments, including product management, proofing, electroless plating, solid modeling and business analysis.
Mark is a frequent speaker at industry events. He is currently chair of the FIRST Committee and is a former member of the FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards Committee. In 2002, he received the FTA President’s Award. Mark was co-chair of FORUM 2008 and the 2009 FTA Hall of Fame inductee.

FIRST 7.0 Is Coming

Debuting at Fall Conference 2022, FIRST 7.0 is a major update to the essential printing methodology.

For 25 years, FIRST has empowered production managers to bring their printing processes to the next level by implementing the procedures and methodologies necessary to produce high-quality and consistent flexographic results, pressrun after pressrun.

Get your hard-cover copy of FIRST 7.0 exclusively at Fall Conference 2022.

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