FTA Europe is the European umbrella association for flexographic printers
In 1958, FTA was founded in the USA as “the world’s leading professional society dedicated to the advancement of the flexographic industry”. In the 1970s and 1980s, a number of national flexographic (flexo) printing organisations were established; some were supported by the American parent organisation. The largest of which, DFTA, formed in 1979. Following larger countries in Europe in establishing flexo organisation, smaller and emerging European regions followed suit.
Despite the combined size of European flexo organisations being comparable to the membership base of FTA USA, the European flexo community is more fragmented due to language, national context, and business culture.
In 2014, a group of European flexo organisations decided that a common European platform was crucial due to several developments. Primarily, key issues for flexo printing, such as packaging, procurement, and competitiveness, are increasingly regulated at EU level.
As a result, FTA Europe was established in 2015. FTA Europe represents the common interests of the European flexo industry and also provides a common platform for the European flexo associations to promote European exchange, collaboration and alignment.
FTA Europe aims to create:
• synergies, sharing existing programmes and resources and avoiding duplications – which is more resource efficient.
• better alignment of programmes, skills and technical competences across national borders in order to better communicate and promote strategies.
• a professional framework of training, education and joint testing, research and development.
• a common voice towards the EU institutions in Brussels
• a platform to apply for EU funding.