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MacDermid Graphics Solutions Receives FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification

Friday, May 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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MacDermid Graphics Solutions, a leader in the manufacturing and marketing of flexographic printing plates, is pleased to announce that we are the first plate supplier to receive the FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification, Level III from Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). This certification signifies MacDermid’s ongoing commitment to expand our proficiency in the flexographic printing process to meet and exceed the stringent requirements in the printing industry.

FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification yields experts in flexographic printing support, consultation and communication, who are proficient in communicating the principles and practices of FIRST across the entire flexographic supply chain.

“While the FTA is glad a number of plate suppliers are now committed to FIRST certification training for their staff, we are also pleased to graduate MacDermid as they become the initial plate supplier to fully train all of their technical representatives to FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification, Level 3. They join a long list of industry suppliers that are dedicated to promoting consistent and repeatable printing via the FIRST Certification process,” said Duane Woolbright, FTA’s Manager of Training Services.
“MacDermid remains dedicated to maintaining high quality and innovative service to our customers. FIRST training is a critical piece of our strategy to help raise the bar in consistency and standardization across our industry,” said Ryan Vest, MacDermid’s Director of Innovation.

MacDermid saw the importance of FIRST and committed to comply with its framework. Our technical support team completed all three levels of training before receiving the FIRST Implementation Specialist Certification, Level III. To learn more about how MacDermid can better serve you as a certified FIRST Implementation Specialist, contact us at


About MacDermid Graphics Solutions

MacDermid Graphics Solutions is a leader in the manufacturing and marketing of flexographic printing plates used in the packaging industry. MacDermid Graphics Solutions is a division of MacDermid Performance Solutions, a global specialty chemicals company serving the diversified needs of the Electronics, Industrial, Offshore and Printing industries. To learn more about MacDermid Graphics Solutions, visit
About Flexographic Technical Association

Flexographic Technical Association is the premier destination for flexography training, articles, events and other resources. To learn more about FTA, visit


Note from the Editor: AICC, would like to congratulate to MacDermid Graphic Solutions for receiving their first implementation specialist certificate! Now, through an agreement with FTA, AICC members can take the FTA First Certification courses at the FTA member rate. Learn More