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FLEXO Magazine : October 2010
Industry Indicators Optimism in Face of Adversity New President of sun chemical North america talks about challenges and opportunities in today’s Market Last month, Sun Chemical North American Inks named its new president, Charles Murray. A long-time packaging and printing professional in Europe, he comes at a time of great challenges, as well as great opportunities, for Sun Chemical and all other ink manufacturers. At Labelexpo Americas 2010, FLEXO took the opportunity to sit with Murray and discuss his vision of the North American packaging market, and how he plans to position Sun Chemical to continue its success and service its customers. Tell me about your background? How long have you been with Sun Chemical? I’ve been with Sun Chemical for 13 years. After I grad- uated, I spent a short period of time in the automobile industry in England. I enjoyed working in this industry, but decided to return to Scotland to work in the food industry. There, I worked in a variety of roles: produc- tion, scheduling, distribution, and purchasing for both commodities and packaging. At 27, I took a position as the managing director of a privately owned flexible packaging printer in Northern Scotland. After three years, I moved to another large British packaging and label printer, where I ran operations in the U.K ., Holland and Spain. When that business was acquired, I spent some time consolidating and centralizing its purchasing. In 1997, I joined Sun Chemical, initially running the publication side of the U.K ., then Scandi- navia, South Africa and the Baltics. And more recently, I was told I was coming to North America. You’re well versed in a lot of different markets. How does North America compare to the rest of the world? If I compare it, I would say North America is closest to the U.K. market. Both are very mature areas. Most of the segments—commercial print, flexible packaging, folding carton, you name it—are all well developed. The U.K . tends to be a microcosm of the U.S . Things tend to happen here first, and anywhere between eight and 18 months later it hits in the U.K . We’ve seen declines in the newspaper market in the U.S., and a charles Murray, president, sun chemical North american inks. 68 FLEXO october 2010 www.flexography.org FLX_Oct10_mech.indd 68 10/15/10 12:33 AM
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