FMN | October 16th, 2017

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October 16, 2017

Vol. 19 No. 21

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Labelexpo Reports Record Attendance

FIRST 6.0 Launched At FTA Fall Meeting Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) launched its latest publication, FIRST 6.0 (Flexographic Image Repro- duction Specifications and Tolerances) at its recent Fall Conference 2017, which was held in St. Louis, Missouri. Commemorating 20 years since its ini- tial release, the how-to guide to statisti- cal process control is a comprehensive collection of flexographic knowledge, set with current industry guidelines for printing quality and consistency. According to the FTA, FIRST 6.0 pro- vides a foundation for the methodology of control, optimization, fingerprinting, characterization and process improve- ment throughout the printing supply chain. Setting this publication apart from its predecessors is the expansion of standards in the appendix. In addition, there have been major overhauls to the printing and pre- press sections for streamlining and refinement of text. Updates to these areas allow printers, prepress hous- es, designers and customers to ac- cess the knowledge needed to continuously improve the entire printing procedure.

L abelexpo Europe 2017 culminated in its biggest-ever edi- tion with record-breaking exhibitor and visitor figures and show floor occupying nine exhibition halls — 12 percent big- ger than 2015.


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Held at Brussels Expo September 25-28, Labelexpo Europe hosted 679 exhibitors, including 198 new exhibiting compa- nies. Attracting large delegations from Brazil, China, India and Japan, the show reported 37,724 visitors; an increase of 5.6 percent on 35,739 visitors in 2015.

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