FMN | March 2nd, 2020

FLAG Introduces Peer Group Summit

FLAG (Flexo Label Advantage Group LLC) will bring its annual Members Meeting to theTwin Cities this fall and introduce a new concept in the spring — a Peer Group Summit. Recognizing the need for continuing education and networking for independent converters, FLAG has an- nounced the location, speakers and plant tour for its 2020 Annual Meeting.The meeting, which now draws more than 100 members and vendors, will take place at the Hyatt Regency Bloomington/Minneapolis locat- ed close to the Mall of America in Bloomington,Minne- sota on October 27-29. By request, this year’s meeting will feature a full day of small peer group breakouts. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of this meeting, the Awards Dinner will take place at the top of the US Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings. Additional highlights of the annual meeting include a tour of a member’s fa- cility, exhibits from FLAGVendors and keynote presen- tations on mission critical topics for the independent converter.This year the group will tour Lofton Labels and learn how the company has significantly grown their business over the past few years without increas- ing manpower. Peer group meetings, and the opportunity to openly network with converters of a similar size facing similar challenges, have become so popular with FLAG mem- bers that two new peer groups have been formed and a special “Peer Group Summit” has been scheduled for May 12-14, 2020 in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. In addition to a full day of peer group interactions,Mem- bers will tour the North Carolina facility of UPM Raflatac. APR Partners With OMET For Flexo Training All Printing Resources (APR) has partnered with OMET to provide hands-on comprehensive education- al and training at OMET’s Elk Grove Village, Illinois, NorthAmerican headquarters.This is the only demo fa- cility for OMET narrow web presses in North America. The two companies’ first joint seminar, Flexo Funda- mentals , will be held at APR Headquarters March 24- 25 and will feature a visit to the OMET facility where a seven-color flexo job will run on the OMET Xjet pow- ered by Durst. The hybrid press system combines an OMET Xflex X6 430 and Durst Tau RSC. APR’s Technical Innovation Center has a variety of platemaking solutions (solvent, water and thermal) in addition to the newest Esko CDI Crystal and XPS UV LED exposure.

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