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Sun Chemical Announces Vivitek; Offers Printing Products and Services

Press release from the issuing company

FORT LEE, NJ - May 4, 2003 - Sun Chemical, the world’s largest manufacturer of printing inks and organic pigments, has announced the creation of Vivitek, a services and distribution company that will offer a wide range of services and non-ink consumable products for prepress, pressroom and finishing operations. “Many printers have expressed interest in buying from a single source the multitude of products they use in their graphic processes,” according to William Glass, Vivitek General Manager. “Printers have indicated they want to do business with a supplier who has a broad product line and the expertise to provide timely service and support. Vivitek has designed its structure to meet those needs at competitive pricing.” Glass explained that Vivitek enters the market with a high level of industry experience and technical knowledge. “Vivitek’s management is committed to providing the printing industry with a new level of innovation and value,” he said. While Vivitek will operate as a separate company, Glass said, it will leverage the sales and technical service infrastructure of Sun Chemical.. Vivitek will offer an integrated product line ranging from fountain solutions, blankets, and washes to personal protective equipment, pH meters, densitometers and spectrophotometers. The company will distribute well-known brands, but also will offer Vivitek-branded products which, Glass says, will become standards for the industry. In addition, Vivitek will provide products, tools, systems, processes and consulting services in such areas as color and environmental management, and press optimization.. Customers will be able to place orders by phone, fax or internet for quick and accurate order fulfillment. The new company will issue a printed catalog soon and also will display its electronic catalog at www.vivitekps.com. The web site will provide 24-hour availability with on-line ordering, technical data, stock availability and estimated delivery times, as well as health and safety advice where applicable. No matter how the order is placed, Glass said a single call to Vivitek will provide technical support for any product. They also can receive a single invoice of non-ink consumables to help track and control spending. The Vivitek sales and technical service will be headed by industry veterans Mike Stone and Nick Federico. “While several companies offer pressroom products or services, we believe Vivitek will provide a total solutions package with a technical synergy that optimizes our customers’ processes,” Stone said. He explained that Vivitek will ramp up its operations and roll out new products over the next several months, expecting to reach full operation later this year. For further information, please call Stone at (972) 408-0094, or contact your Sun Chemical commercial representative. Vivitek, which will distribute throughout North America, has its headquarters in Fort Lee, NJ.