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FTA Europe formally established

BELGIUM • The flexo technical associations of the Benelux (EFTA Benelux), France (ATF), Italy (ATIF), Spain (ATEF) and  the UK (EFIA) have formally established FTA-Europe as their common European umbrella organisation. On 5 February, the inaugural General Assembly of the new organisation took place in Brussels at the offices of Intergraf, the European Federation for print and digital communication, where FTA Europe will have its registered address.

The new umbrella organisation will have three major objectives:

  1. Encourage technical standardisation and the dissemination of standards of practice across European borders;
  2. Develop a European curriculum and certificate for professionals operating in the European flexo industry;
  3. Supporting its member associations through joint European advocacy as well as collaboration in promotional activities (awards) and the development of a technical knowledge resource.

At the General Assembly, the founding members also elected their first board: Sante Conselvan (ATIF) as President; Wim Buyle (EFTA Benelux) as Vice President, and Debbie Waldron-Hoines (EFIA) as Treasurer. Jules Lejeune was appointed as Director of the newly established organisation, while Beatrice Klose (Intergraf) will act as the association’s Secretary-General. Target for the new organisation in its first year will be to develop a website ( expand membership, set up a volunteer framework, and develop an action plan for the next three years.

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Armin Karl Geiger

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