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22nd Annual Conference, March 24-26, 2019

March 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - March 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

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Join us as we come together to take on industry challenges and grow our businesses. Not only will we hear insightful keynote presentations, we’ll learn about the latest technical innovations from industry suppliers and participate in one-on-one networking. Take your seat at the premiere flexo pre-press industry conference. See you in Scottsdale!



Member: $845
Nonmember: $995

Special! Buy two member registrations and get the third for only $495. (Call 413-686-9187 and be prepared to register all three at once.)


The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 E McCormick Pkwy,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Click here to book your room at the FPPA discounted rate of only $239/night!
Attendees must book by March 1



Business casual for all sessions.




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Schedule (Subject to Change)

Sunday, March 24:

3:00 p.m.          Board Meeting

6:00                  Welcome Reception/Dinner (Food, Fun & Networking)

Monday, March 25:

7:00 a.m.          Breakfast

8:00                  Welcome

8:15                  Keynote: A Shifting Economy
                             Dick Storat

9:15                   More Ink, Less Crush!, Dupont Packaging Graphics

9:45                  Break

10:00                Digital Trends for Corrugated, Anderson & Vreeland

10:30                One-On-One Platemaker/Supplier Sessions

12:30 p.m.        Lunch

1:30                  One-On-One Platemaker/Supplier Sessions

4:00                 Sessions Conclude

6:30                 President’s Dinner

Tuesday, March 26:

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast

8:00                 Keynote: What's Next for Packaging?
                              Colleen Larkin Twomey

9:00                 LUX ITP EPIC, MacDermid Graphics Solutions

9:30                 Break

10:00               Anatomy of Liquid Plate Technology, Chemence

10:30               Update on Plate Imaging, Esko

11:00 a.m.       Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers

Dick Storat

President, Richard Storat & Associates, Inc.

Secretary/Treasurer, Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association (PSSMA)

A Shifting Economy: What the Corrugated Industry Needs to Know

Times are good for the consumer—and that translates into healthy demand for corrugated boxes. But with increasing political uncertainty and trade tensions growing, the business outlook may not stay so cheery. Dick will offer a forecast for the future, covering overall economic trends as well as corrugated-specific insights. This session is a must for anyone offering printing plates, cutting dies, and other products and services to the corrugated sector.


Bio: Richard E. (Dick) Storat is the founder and president of Richard Storat & Associates, Inc., a management and economic consulting firm for the forest products industry. He also serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association, where he manages the Multiwall Sack Recycling Program. Prior to his current roles, he served as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Information Officer at Gaylord Container Corporation as well as the Chief Economist for the American Forest & Paper Association.



Colleen Larkin Twomey

Associate Professor, Graphic Communication, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

What’s Next for Packaging?

As overall packaging and consumer trends affect boxmakers—our customers—flexo prepress suppliers need to remain adaptable and responsive to changing needs. It all trickles down, so it’s crucial to stay on top of the latest trends and updates. Pulling from her expertise as a professor and an industry veteran, Colleen will discuss broad trends in packaging that could affect FPPA members. She’ll cover the digital store shelf, the unboxing experience, the latest in sustainability initiatives, and much more.


Bio: With thirty years in the printing and graphic communications space, Colleen Larkin Twomey has developed a wide range of experience and expertise—working both in the industry and in the classroom. Currently a professor of Graphic Communication, she teaches courses such as Flexographic Printing, Consumer Packaging, and Digital File Preparation and Workflow. Prior to joining academia, she was a fixture in the industry, serving more than twenty years at MacDermid Printing Solutions.


Technical Thought Leaders

Bob Hannum

Corrugated Segment Manager, DuPont Packaging Graphics

More Ink, Less Crush!

Bob will discuss a new soft durometer, digital corrugated plate that will help printers meet two key industry trends.


Jeff Skolnik

Digital Business Analyst, Anderson & Vreeland

Digital Trends for Corrugated



Dan Fry

Portfolio Manager - Corrugated, MacDermid Graphics Solutions

LUX ITP EPIC: Unique Capped Surface for Challenging Print Applications

An introduction of MacDermid Graphics Solutions’ LUX ITP EPIC—the photopolymer plate that combines a revolutionary capped surface with award-winning flat-top dot technology. The unique micro-rough surface of this plate provides the print consistency and high solid ink density needed to produce the finest detail graphics. LUX ITP EPIC eliminates the need for surface screening, streamlines your workflow, reduces RIP time and file size, and improves print consistency.

Mike Burke

Flexographic Solutions Manager, Chemence

The Anatomy of Liquid Plate Technology

What makes liquid plate technology unique? Mike will discuss several reasons to consider a liquid plate manufacturing option for your trade shop. He’ll also offer a forecast of technological advancements in liquid plate manufacturing.


David Chinnis

Presales Product Specialist - Flexo, Esko

Updates on Flexo Plate Imaging and Tools for Automating the Process

David will cover the advances Esko is making in laser imaging of flexo plates, opportunities for wider adoption of digital, and software to help automate the process.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!


March 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
March 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm


The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 E McCormick Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85258 United States
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