BELGIUM • The newly establisched FTA Europe is planning to launch a European Flexo award in 2016 at the occasion of drupa. The idea is that winners from national flexo awards competitions will be submitted for a European “best of the best”’ selection. Currently, the UK and France already have national flexo awards, and Italy and the Benelux are launching or have just launched local competitions.
In addition, FTA Europe will organise a mini symposium at the occasion of Labelexpo Europe in Brussels, on 30 September from 13.00 – 14.00 hrs at the Package Printing Zone in Hall 11. It will be the second one in the series “The future of flexo”, this time with a presentation from Blippar (UK), about augmented reality applications using flexo printing technology.
FTA Europe also has established overseas connections with FTA (North America) and with ANZFTA (Australia and New Zealand) that imply the exchange of information and mutual (re)presentations at each other’s events and programmes. Via Intergraf, FTA Europe has joined European initiatives managed by the European printing industry umbrella in areas such as best available techniques in solvent treatment. Furthermore, discussions have started with partner institutes to make available an educational package on flexo.
The FTA Europe community continues to grow, with GRAKOM, the Danish printing association, joining as a new member.