FPPA Chooses New Officers

The Flexographic Pre-Press Platemakers Association (FPPA) challenged its members to improve sustainability at the 12th Annual Convention last month. The newly inducted president and board members will focus on improving green procedures in 2009.

As defined by the FPPA’s “Sustainability Vision Statement,” sustainability practices are “supporting innovating manufacturing technologies and practices that promote environmental and economic health.”

The Sustainability Achievement Award was presented to Mark/Trèce Inc. The company is pursuing sustainability initiatives including recycling sheet polymer and PVC material, among many other plans.

“We are honored to receive the first Sustainability Award presented by the FPPA,” said Lee Grantham, vice president for Mark/Trèce. “We look forward to doing our part in representing our industry in keeping the planet green.”

Neil Saunders, FPPA’s past president, introduced Peter C. Cappas of United Engravers Inc. as the president for the year ahead. United Engravers is a designer and manufacturer of printing plates for the corrugated and flexible packaging industries.

In his acceptance speech, the inducted president stated that he is anticipating addressing FPPA members’ concerns. One of Cappas’ objectives is to market the association to prospects and individuals in the flexographic printing industry.

“To accomplish this goal, the FPPA needs support from our member and supplier organizations,” said Cappas.

The following individuals were also inducted was the cabinet of officers to support Cappas: Greg Hauber, City Stamp Works, president-elect; Tim Moore, Southern Graphic Systems, treasurer; Mark Barnard, Trinity Graphics USA, secretary; Neil Saunders, Container Graphics, past president; Tom Pohlman, Dynamic Dies, director; Ken Ricks, Mark/Trèce, director; Carlton Boon, V.T. Graphics, director; John Anderson, Eastman Kodak Co., director; Dan Fry, MacDermid Inc., director; and Diane Schafer, CMP, executive director.

Topics covered at last month’s convention focused primarily on sustainability and the recent Smurfit Stone Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Debbra Johnson, senior marketing consultant at DuPont, discussed sustainability opportunities that could become available within the flexographic printing industry.

She presented information on how to utilize the WalMart Sustainability Scorecard to increase potential business opportunities.