Co-Located Events Add Value at 2017 IADD•FSEA Odyssey

Brandtjen & Kluge, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and Sakurai USA, Schaumburg, Illinois, are providing yet another reason for industry leaders in the diecutting, diemaking, print finishing, folding carton, corrugated and specialty markets to Be Here – echoing the theme for the 2017 IADD·FSEA Odyssey. Co-located events will add additional value to attendees traveling to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumburg, Illinois, USA, for the tradeshow.

On Tuesday, May 16, attendees can attend events hosted by Brandtjen & Kluge and Sakurai, prior to the opening of the IADD•FSEA Odyssey on Wednesday, May 17. Brandtjen & Kluge will host a day-long Kluge User Group meeting on Tuesday, May 16, in conjunction with the Odyssey. It will begin with a lunch buffet, followed by an afternoon of panel discussions, presentations and user group sessions. Sessions will include case studies of challenging projects, a technology update on laser cutting and the integration to a digital workflow, as well as other networking sessions.

Sakurai USA, Inc. has announced plans for its second Specialty Finishing Open House for IADD•FSEA Odyssey attendees, vendors and guests from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at the Sakurai headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois. Sakurai will showcase UV specialty finishing applications applied by its screen coaters. The demonstration also includes set up and operation of a Sakurai Maestro 295/8″x41½” MS102AII cylinder screen press and a Natgraph electronic UV drying/curing system.

Contact Details:
Brandtjen & Kluge User Group – Pamela Vlasnik, 785.483.3265.
Sakurai USA Specialty Finishing Open House – Brian Johnson, 847.490.9400, ext. 206.
2017 IADD·FSEA Odyssey – Contact the IADD at 800.828.IADD (local 815.455.7519) or the FSEA at 785.271.5816.

Seidl’s Bindery Hosts FSEA Young Alliance Meeting

Matt Seidl, vice president of Seidl’s Bindery and current Chairman of FSEA, hosted the first FSEA Young Alliance plant tour and meeting on Nov. 16. “We were very excited to host this kick-off event for the FSEA Young Alliance,” stated Seidl. “We came up with some great new ideas for the Alliance, and I believe those who attended enjoyed the tour of our facility.”

Attendees had the opportunity to see the entire Seidl’s Bindery operation, which included over 50 pieces of bindery and finishing equipment in its 100,000 square foot facility. “Seidl’s Bindery is one of the largest bindery/finishing operations in the country,” added Jeff Peterson, FSEA executive director. “It was a true treat to see the efficiency and magnitude of the operation.”

Peterson attended the event and spent time discussing some of the new projects the FSEA is involved in, including its new IMPACT Marketing Kit and the newest white paper on the impact of specialty effects on shelf presence. Future meetings are planned for the FSEA Young Alliance, including a meeting to be scheduled during the upcoming IADD•FSEA Odyssey next spring in Schaumburg, Illinois.

The FSEA Young Alliance is a group of industry peers – younger than 45 – looking to gain knowledge of their businesses, move forward with new technology in high-end finishing and explore opportunities in an ever-changing graphic arts environment. If you are interested in becoming involved with the FSEA Young Alliance, please contact Matt Seidl at or Jeff Peterson at

Call for Entries Open for FSEA Gold Leaf Awards

Start collecting your best work now and enter it in the 24th Annual Gold Leaf Awards Competition. Entries will be accepted up to Feb. 28, 2017 – no later.

Entries are judged on design, execution and level of difficulty in over 25 categories that include foil stamping, embossing, cold foil, special diecuts, laser cutting, specialty UV coatings, and digital UV and foil. “With the growth of decorating techniques, we continue to add categories to our Gold Leaf Awards,” stated FSEA Executive Director Jeff Peterson. “The pieces we get in each year for the competition are simply amazing work.”

Competition winners will be announced during a special reception at the IADD•FSEA Odyssey, May 16, in Schaumburg, Illinois. Winners will be highlighted in promotional campaigns, PostPress, Package Design and Folding Carton, just to name a few. Many of the winners also are proudly displayed at the Showcase of Packaging area during the Pack Expo show each year. To download the entry form (one entry form for each entry) and further information on the competition, visit and click on the Awards link.