FSEA•IADD Joint Conference Coming to Nashville Area in April

The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) and the International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking (IADD) will hold the 2018 Joint Conference April 11 through 13 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, Tennessee, USA, near Nashville.

The conference offers a supplier trade fair, educational programming to address new technology and trends in the industry, and an awards reception where the recipients of the FSEA Gold Leaf Awards, FSEA Lifetime Achievement Award and IADD Presidential Award will be honored.

This year, conference attendees will have the opportunity to share best practices on a variety of subjects with industry peers as part of the networking workshops held during conference programming. For more information, go to www.fsea-iaddconf.com.

Nelson Stevens to Be Honored as FSEA Lifetime Achievement Awardee

On Thursday, April 12, Nelson Stevens will be recognized as the recipient of the 2018 FSEA Lifetime Achievement Award at the FSEA•IADD Joint Conference in Franklin, Tennessee. The award honors Stevens for his four decades of leadership in the industry, working with BOBST as a sales manager for 12 years before starting Independent Machinery, Inc., in the early 1980s.

Among other successes, in 1991, Stevens signed an agreement with Gietz to bring its line of foil stamping equipment to North America and was a significant contributor to the growth of foil stamping in the wine and spirits label market.

Those wishing to honor Nelson are encouraged to attend the conference and awards reception. Register at www.fsea-iaddconf.com.

FSEA Partners on New Alternatives for Foil Waste Disposal

The disposal of used hot stamping and cold foil has been a challenge for the foil industry for many years. FSEA has announced a new partnership with Channeled Resources Group (CRG) to help eliminate used or obsolete rolls of hot and cold foil from the waste stream.

CRG has qualified this by-product as feedstock for energy with two current partners. One partner, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, mixes these materials with other nonrecyclables and then shreds it to be extruded as fuel pellets. The pellets are burned in a commercial boiler and the energy sold to the grid. The other partner, located in Gary, Indiana, shreds materials to fluff, which then is used as an alternative to coal in a limestone kiln.

“Our research has found that any type of trucking/shipping costs involved with the foil waste will be similar to landfill costs, or even less, depending on the location,” explained Calvin Frost, CRG. “And, best of all, it will create a sustainable choice for FSEA members and others.”

“We are very excited to work with Calvin Frost and CRG on this project,” stated FSEA Executive Director Jeff Peterson. “We have been working to find alternatives to the landfill for foil waste for several years, and the partnership with CRG is a great start in this initiative.”

For more information on how to get started with FSEA and CRG, contact Jeff Peterson at [email protected] or 785.271.5816.

FSEA Welcomes New Members

FSEA would like to welcome the following new members. You can see more details on each of them at www.FinisherFinder.com.

Quinta Groupe, Inc.
Chester, New York

Print Panther
Oakville, Ontario Canada

Specialties Graphic Finishers
Toronto, Ontario Canada

DMS Color
Pelham, Alabama