Nearly 80 percent of Exhibit Space Sold for Odyssey Expo 2019

FSEA and IADD are well under way preparing for Odyssey Expo 2019, with nearly 80% of available space already sold for the 10th edition of the biennial event. Odyssey Expo will be held May 1 – 3, 2019, at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, Georgia.

Exhibit space is filling fast as suppliers from across the industry reserve booths and make machinery commitments for the TechshopTM. Techshop simulates a working production shop floor where technical sessions are taught on-press throughout the three-day event. Odyssey Expo 2019 has confirmed the exhibit space from virtually all of the leading suppliers of both FSEA and IADD. The Odyssey Expo website ( includes a map of the exhibit floor and a current list of exhibitors.

“We are very excited about having the Odyssey Expo in Atlanta next year,” stated Jeff Peterson, FSEA executive director. “Exhibit sales are going very well, and we already have many commitments for machinery on the show floor.”

Several special events are planned for the week of the Odyssey Expo. The FSEA Gold Leaf Awards celebration will take place on the second evening of the Odyssey, May 2, and the PIAG, headquartered in Atlanta, is planning a reception the first evening of Odyssey, May 1. IADD also is working with several of its members and exhibitors on other special events. FSEA and IADD will share more information on these events as it becomes available.

For more information on Odyssey Expo, visit to see the new website and more details on the event. Hotel information is available on the website. Registration and complete programming information will be available by February 1, 2019.

Spoilage Survey Report Published September 1

Foil & Specialty Effects Association

Recently, FSEA asked its members to answer a series of 12 questions designed to investigate a major cost center for trade finishing companies and binderies – spoilage.

Questions in this survey were designed to help the association provide benchmarks to its members on the percentage of spoilage incurred and the actions finishers/binders have taken to help decrease spoilage rates.

When calculating spoilage for this survey, members were asked to provide information on a per sheet basis, based on the number of sheets that are unusable because of mistakes, jams, registration problems, stops and starts on a machine, etc. It did include what is calculated for makeready and set-up of the machine.

The survey addresses issues such as average material spoilage rate per job, whether or not a tracking system exists for spoilage in the respondents’ facilities and what programs had been effective in reducing spoilage rates. Key findings indicate: 1) an increase in spoilage due to digital printing and/or shorter run lengths and 2) the importance of employee training on proper equipment usage as a tactic for reducing spoilage rates.

The full survey results are now available on the Member Only section of the FSEA website at FSEA members can log on with their password to receive it. If there are further questions on the survey, email

Binding & Loose Leaf Division of FSEA Holds Breakfast at PRINT 18

FSEA sponsored a breakfast at PRINT 18 in Chicago this past October. The event was planned to help introduce the new Binding & Loose Leaf Division. Chris Eckhart, president of Eckhart & Company and bindery division representative on the FSEA Board of Directors, and Jeff Peterson, FSEA executive director, discussed some of the benefits that have been put in place for the new division and answered questions from those who attended.

“We have already signed up over 10 new FSEA members under the newly formed division,” explained Peterson. “We believe there is a natural fit to get trade binderies, loose leaf manufacturers and suppliers involved with FSEA and set up specific benefits for the division as well.”

To learn more, visit and click the link to the Binding & Loose Leaf Division page on the right side of the homepage.

Start Collecting Your Best Work!

FSEA Gold Leaf Awards

FSEA has the new entry forms available online for its 26th Annual Gold Leaf Awards competition. FSEA urges its members and others in the industry to start collecting their best work from the past few months to enter. Winners will be announced at a the Gold Leaf Awards Celebration during the upcoming Odyssey Expo, May 1 – 3, in Atlanta, Georgia.

This is a great way for companies to gain recognition for creative work and bring pride to their organization for the great work their team performs every day. The categories have been updated again and include foil stamping, embossing, cold foil, digital foil and coatings, specialty UV coatings, special diecuts, and more.

Gold Leaf Award winners also will be highlighted in promotional materials and industry magazines, including PostPress, Brand Experience and Folding Carton Industry magazines. Winners also will be displayed during the Odyssey Expo event and in the Showcase of Packaging area during PACK EXPO 2019 next fall in Las Vegas.

To download the entry form (use a separate form for each entry) and for further details, visit and click on the Awards link.