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FLEXO Magazine : February 2008
BST Names New Canadian Rep Webconvert Ltd. of Toronto, ON, has been appointed as BST Pro Mark sales rep- resentative for the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Webconvert has served the Canadian converting industry since 1980. They currently represent companies such as Montalvo, Enercon, Convertech and Uteco. Sun Chemical Joint Venture in China Sun Chemical Corp. has formed a joint venture with Nantong DIC Metallic Pigments Co. Ltd., a leading aluminum pigment manufacturer in China. The agreement expands on a distribution part- nership announced in October that allows Sun Chemical to market the Nantong Shanjing products for coating, plastic and graphic arts industries worldwide under the new SunMetallics brand. These prod- ucts will be launched globally in the first quarter of this year. "This joint venture is yet another step in Performance Pigments becoming the leader in appearance and effects," said Brian Leen, general manager and corporate vice president, Sun Chemical Performance Pigments Group. "Our objec- tive is to be able to offer our customers the widest range of effect materials and de- liver them at the highest level of reliability in our industry" Nantong Shanjing specializes in the production and sales of aluminum pigments and pastes. The manufactur- ing plant based in Nantong of Jiangsu Province produces aluminum pigments and pastes used in a variety of industrial and commercial products in the automo- tive, industrial and cosmetic industries among others. Nantong Shanjing also has an office in Shanghai. ARCS Under New Management Jeff Paduano recently acquired Anilox Roll Cleaning Systems (ARCS) from previ- ous owner Jim Heffer. ARCS, established in 1988, and was an early user of baking soda for cleaning anilox rolls. The company serves all segments of flexographic print- ing, and has a proven track record, with more than 10,000 rolls cleaned to date. The firm also debuted a new website (www. aniloxrollclean.com) and is now the official U.S. distributor of Capatch BCM test strips. MacDermid Introduces New Corrugated Plate MacDermid Printing Solutions an- nounced today the debut of MGC, its next generation of sheet photopolymer spe- cifically designed to compete in the cor- rugated print market. Its can image fine details in a 250 mil (6.35mm) plate without the need to back mask. This is the first of eight new products that MacDermid will be introducing in 2008. 20 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2008 www.flexography.org GETTING PERSONNEL BST Pro Mark---Kevin Burham has been hired as regional sales manager for the Western U.S. He returns to the company after six years as a sales rep with Columbia Rubber Mills and other converting industry suppliers. Eastman Kodak---Kevin M. Joyce was recently named chief marketing offi- cer of the Graphic Communications Group (GCG). He has 18 years experience in executive sales, marketing and operations leadership. He joined the firm in 2005, following it's acquisition of Kodak Polychrome Graphics. David Wigfield has taken the post of managing director, U.S. and Canada,which Joyce recently vacated. He will be responsible for overall GCG business and financial perfor- mance in North America. Maxcess---Craig Cooper will provide local service and support for Fife, Magpowr and Tidland products in the Northwest, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alberta and British Columbia. Montalvo---Michael S. True has been brought back to the company as production manager. He had left the company in June 2007 to try something new. He began with the firm in 1981 and has held multiple positions. Stora Enso---Newly representing packaging paper products is Michael T. Walsh. He will work from the firm's new sales office in Stamford, CT, focusing on im- ports of label papers and flexible packaging papers. Sun Chemical Corp.---Rudi Lenz was promoted to CEO and president. He joined the firm in 2002 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. "My No. 1 focus will be on ensuring that Sun Chemical's global resources are working for our customers," he said. "We became the world leader in inks and color pigments by delivering the highest quality products with consistency and reliability and by providing innovative solutions to the challenges our customers face." Xanté---Deborah Sagert was appointed to the newly- creaed role of director of customer support for the Americas. She will report to Scott Reese, senior vice presi- dent of worldwide sales, and will be responsible for cus- tomer service and technical support specialists throughout North, Central and South America. Cooper Lenz INDUSTRY INDICATORS