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Sun Chemical Aligns North American Ink Operations to Increase Customer Value

Published on 2005-10-10. Author : SpecialChem

Northlake, IL -- Sun Chemical, the world's foremost manufacturer of printing inks and organic pigments, announced the alignment of its North American Inks businesses to better serve its customers in different market segments and to overall increase the value to the customer.

"The North American inks market has become increasingly challenging and competitive due to a number of factors," said Michael Griem, president of Sun Chemical's North American Inks business unit. "As the industry leader, it is essential that we are proactive and align our business model to better serve our different markets. We have reviewed our current organizational structure to ensure that we continue to deliver innovation and quality to our customers at the best possible price, and have decided to move the organization to a model focused on specific markets and customer segments."

Mr. Griem noted that the organization will organize around three distinct markets: Publication, Packaging and Commercial. "This alignment enables us to focus on the unique needs of each market segment in order to create the most value for the specific customers in each segment through technology, new products, quality, on time delivery, and superior service," he added. To support this alignment, the following personnel changes were announced.

Chris Parrilli was named president, North American publication inks, and will focus primarily on serving the web offset printing markets and large scale publication markets. This includes such products as heatset inks, publication gravure inks, consumables, and other products used in these markets. Mr. Parrilli began his career with Sun Chemical in 1980, and most recently he led Sun Chemical's North American customer service centers. Sun Chemical Canada will continue to report to Mr. Parrilli.

Richard Pettifor, president, North American packaging inks will continue to lead this business. The Packaging business unit focuses on serving the diverse set of packaging markets from flexible, cartons, corrugated, rigid, and other novel packages. This includes providing unique products, innovative technologies, and cost effective solutions to customers across all of these packaging markets. The Customer Service Centers and related customer inplant sites that service the packaging market will report to Mr. Pettifor. Mr. Pettifor joined Sun Chemical Ltd. in the UK in 1994.

Mark Levin was named president, North American commercial group. The commercial group will leverage into one integrated group of all the Sun Chemical businesses that require high levels of localized customer service, relatively short and fast production turn-around times, and highly customized solutions. This includes such leading brands as Kohl & Madden, Coates Screen, Digital Ink Jet, Solaris and Rycoline. In addition, the operations, Customer Service Centers and inplants that service these businesses will be integrated into the Commercial Group.

Mr. Levin joined Sun Chemical in 2003, as corporate vice president, North American publication inks and has over 25 years experience in serving the printing market. Prior to joining Sun, Mr. Levin was senior vice president, sales for Heidelberg.

In connection to this reorganization, it was also announced that Brad Bergey has elected to resign from Sun Chemical. Mr. Bergey enjoyed a long, successful career at Sun Chemical, beginning in 1978. Most recently he served as president of Kohl & Madden. "Brad has made significant contributions to Sun Chemical over the years, has always exhibited the highest of character and professionalism, and we at Sun Chemical thank him and wish him the very best in his new endeavors," said Wes Lucas, Sun Chemical's chairman, president & CEO.

About Sun Chemical

Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments, is a leading provider of materials to packaging, publication, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, and other industrial markets. With annual sales approaching $4 billion, Sun Chemical has over 12,000 employees supporting customers around the world. The Sun Chemical Group of companies includes such well-known names as Coates Lorilleux, Gibbon, Hartmann, Kohl & Madden, Swale, Usher-Walker, Rycoline and US Ink.

Sun Chemical Corporation in the U.S. and Sun Chemical Limited in England are subsidiaries of Sun Chemical Group B.V., the Netherlands. Sun Chemical has headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A.; Watford, England; and Weesp, the Netherlands.

Source: Sun Chemical


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