member companies and their efforts to grow
their businesses by seizing unique opportunities that may also be of
benefit to other FPPA members.
Robert Smithson, with Trinity Graphic USA,
recently purchased a majority interest in the Flexo Trade School (FTS).
A hands-on, educational and training program may seem like an unusual
adjacent business for a tradeshop, but Robert has seen first hand the
need from printers for better employee training. Robert plans to expand
the FTS to offer flexo prepress training in addition to the current
offerings. This may be a resource that other FPPA members choose to take
advantage of to help close the gap many of us have with finding and
training skilled employees.
First Mark-Trece and more recently VT
Graphics have made significant investments in large format digital
printing capability. Each of these companies has seen the rapid growth
of digital printing and the need that their existing customers have for
this capability. They have positioned their digital print offerings not
as a competitive threat to their existing customers, but an extension of
their customers’ capabilities and have also offered the capabilities to
fellow FPPA members.
Bill Ruch with NPP has started a new
business called Innovative Platemaking Solutions or IPS. IPS
manufactures and sells CushionCore photopolymer material, a cushioned
sheet polymer plate that has the Mylar removed between the polymer plate
material and the cushion that vastly reduces dot gain and fluting while
improving solid ink densities. IPS is selecting tradeshops throughout
the United States to exclusively manufacture the CushionCore printing
Each of these companies is taking risks
with their investments in adjacent business opportunities, but each of
these investments helps our industry as a whole continue to grow and
prosper. I am proud to be affiliated with an organization that has
leading edge companies like Trinity Graphics, Mark-Trece, VT Graphics
and NPP among its members. Please join me in Washington in October to
hear from some of these innovators and to help brainstorm.
Please contact me with any comments or
suggestions you may have, 336-855-4862 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support.