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Four Sun Chemical Employees Honored with NAPIM Pioneer Award


Parsippany, New Jersey-based Sun Chemical, a manufacturer of printing inks, coatings and pigments, announces that four of its employees were honored with the 2017 Pioneer Award from the National Association of Print Ink Manufacturers at its convention in early March.

The NAPIM’s award is recognized as one of the most prestigious in the ink manufacturing industry, according to the company. Sun’s employees receiving it were Jim Felsberg, Jack Powers, Luigi Ribaudo and Ami Youhana.

The Pioneer Award honors those who have given at least 25 years of service to the printing ink industry through their work with one or several printing ink companies or suppliers, in addition to service work with ink associations, production clubs and other committees. NAPIM also considers technical contributions in the areas of laboratory, engineering, production or product development.

Currently a field marketing manager at Sun Chemical, Felsberg has held a variety of technical and management positions. During his 30-year career he has made significant technical and business contributions to the printing ink industry, the company says. He participates in many panels on solvent-based inks and flexographic printing, and is a frequent speaker at industry tradeshows and events.

Powers has more than 40 years of experience in the industry and currently works as a vice president of sales at Sun Chemical. Powers’ understanding of Sun Chemical’s technology and how it contributes to the establishment of strong customer relationships has been key in securing and retaining large and important customers, his company says.

As a purchasing manager at Sun Chemical, Ribaudo brings 28 years of experience in the industry. He has been dedicated to the growth of the ink industry throughout his career, and is the recipient of several prestigious awards for his work, according to his company, including the CPIPC President’s Award in 2010 and 2012 and the Ink Person of the Year Award in 2015.

Youhana joined Sun Chemical in 1996, but has been involved in the ink industry for more than 42 years. Currently serving as the technical manager of sheetfed inks, Youhana’s experience and formulation knowledge has made him a critical part of the success of Sun Chemical’s conventional sheetfed product portfolio, the company says.

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