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FLEXO Magazine : March 2011
Industry Indicators Harper Promotes Lee Kluttz to VP Manufacturing & Operations CHARLOTTE, N.C . — Officials at global anilox supplier Harper Corporation of America have announced the promotion of Plant Manager Ronald “Lee” Harper Kluttz to vice president of manufacturing operations. Kluttz, grandson of company founders Ron and Katherine Harper and son of current Harper President Margie Kluttz, has worked at Harper for 20 of the company ’s 40 years of existence. In his new position, Kluttz oversees the manufacturing and production of all Harper anilox rolls at the company ’s domestic facili- ties in Charlotte and Green Bay, Wisc. Kluttz also audits the firm’s licensed affiliates—Harper Asia Pacific, Co. , Ltd, Thailand and Harper Graphics GmbH, Germany—to ensure global product consistency. Kluttz joined Harper in 1991 and, as a member of Harper’s key leadership management team, currently serves on the board of directors. Obituaries Mans Lejeune, 79 Mans Lejeune, first secretary general of FINAT, passed away suddenly on Feb. 11 . He was 79. Lejeune joined FINAT in 1969 and remained a fixture at the label association’s helm for 31 years. In that time, the membership roster grew to 500+ member firms and FINAT established a long alliance with Labelexpo Europe, having sponsored the show from 1991 through the present day. Widely credited with organizing and expanding FINAT’s Annual Congress, Lejeune last appeared at the event during the organiza- tion’s 50th Golden Anniversary celebration, staged in Paris, France in 2008. That was 8 years after his formal retirement from FINAT, when he handed the reins of the association to his son Jules. Ken Rizzo, 61 Ken Rizzo, director of technical and Lean services for Print- ing Industries of America (PIA), passed away suddenly on Feb. 15. He was 61. Ken, active in the industry since the 1960s, when he started as an apprentice press operator for Sherwin- Williams, rose to be considered one of the world’s leading experts on printing efficiency and excellence. He was to chair the May 2 Operational Excellence Through Lean Thinking and Applications session at FFTA’s 2011 Forum in Indianapo- lis, Ind. PIA’s Jim Workman has accepted the assignment in tribute to Rizzo, his long-time associate. Rizzo joined Graphic Arts Technical Foundation in 1990 as a technical consultant, left for several years to work as a pro- cess engineer for Gulf States Paper, and returned to the orga- nization (now part of PIA) as director of consulting services. He was a highly experienced process improvement specialist, teaching companies the concepts of Lean manufacturing before the term was popular in the industry. He authored Total Production Maintenance: A Guide for the Printing Industry, now in its third edition. john MaRtin, 74 John R. Martin, a pioneer in the development of web-han- dling and automatic roll-changing technology, died Feb. 27. He was 74. An entrepreneur known for his irreverent sense of humor as well as his engineering acumen, Martin founded Martin Automatic, Inc. in 1968. Martin’s many patents and technological advancements include inertia-compensated tension control, web-guiding systems, automatic zero-speed splicers and non-stop rewind- ers. In 2002, Martin turned over complete operations of the company to Roger Cederholm, naming Cederholm president of Martin Automatic, Inc. Cederholm says, “John was a rare individual, a talented engineer with a great business sense and the foresight to set up a culture that fosters creativity in all areas. He disliked ‘me too’ products and favored solutions that give real, long-term value to printers and converters.” First duPont Cyrel FAST Round Systems Installed in north America WILMINGTON, DE — DuPont Packaging Graphics recently announced the first installations of DuPontTM Cyrel® FAST round sleeve processing systems in North America. The evaluation units were installed at Southern Graphic Systems located in Hickory, N.C. , and at OEC Graphics in Oshkosh, Wisc. “ The integration of Cyrel® FAST thermal processing tech- nology with continuous print sleeves is a step change in both productivity and quality, and we believe that Southern Graphic Systems and OEC Graphics are ideal locations for our first North American evaluation sites,” says Wendy Andrushko, North American sales director, DuPont Packaging Graphics. “T hese two companies have long experience with in- the-round image carriers and will provide us with excellent technical and end-user feedback as we bring this important new technology to market. These first two Cyrel® FAST round installations, along with the start-up of our own sleeve manu- facturing facility in Towanda, Pa., c ontinue to demonstrate our commitment to the advancement of the flexographic packag- ing industry,” Andrushko says. “ We believe that this is an important new technology and we are delighted to help DuPont bring it to market,” says Chris Horton, senior vice president, Southern Graphic Systems. “As a leader in the production of image carriers for both the gravure and flexographic packaging industries, we truly understand the value of a round print form for the printer. Cyrel® FAST round offers the combination of quality and speed that our customers are looking for. ” “ OEC Graphics pioneered the continuous print photo- polymer sleeve with the introduction of Seamex to the North American flexo market in the early 1990s,” says Jack Schloess- er, CEO, OEC Graphics. “ The introduction of the Cyrel® FAST round system, along with the start-up of a local Cyrel® round manufacturing site, will make continuous print sleeves much more accessible to North American flexographers. With our history in round print forms, we are in an excellent position to help DuPont get that message out. ” ronald “Lee” Harper Kluttz 12 FLEXO marcH 2011 www.flexography.org FLX_March11.indd 12 3/18/11 1:32 PM