The Sonoco Institute

The Sonoco Institute was created to exploit the synergies that exist between the graphic communications and packaging science departments. It is the only university program in the country with this one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary approach to packaging as a core competency.

Flexo Foundations

This two day seminar is designed as an introduction to flexography, suitable for anyone involved in the flexo industry including sales, customer service, administration, marketing, etc... Content covered will include the history of flexography, an overview of the flexographic market, the flexographic printing process, substrate and ink options, color and design considerations, and more. The seminar will include a mix of classroom learning with afternoon breakout sessions which allow attendees to see first hand how the flexographic process works. Breakouts include two press runs: one on a narrow-web press, the other on a corrugated press. At the conclusion of the seminar, attendees will have the option of taking the test to recieve their FTA FIRST Individual Certification - Level I Certificate of Completion.

Seminar Schedule
Day 1
Flexographic Industry and History
Basics of Flexo Printing
Flexographic Markets
Flexographic Presses In-Depth
Hands-On: Platemaking, Narrow Web Flexo Press Setup and Control

Day 2
Inks & Substrates
Health & Safety
Hands-On: Printed Sample Analysis
FIRST Individual Certification Overview
Testing for FIRST Level I Certification - Level I Certificate of Completion
Presentation of Certificates

The seminar runs from 9am until 4pm each day.


Additonal FTA Information:
FIRST Certifications: 
FIRST Book: (not required for seminar)



No event dates are currently scheduled
Interested in this course? Let us know and we will keep you informed of future dates.
  • $895/person
  • $795/person (Groups 3+)
Cancellation Policy
The Sonoco Institute, Clemson University
More Information
  • Bobby Congdon