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Sun Chemical Backs Polestar Sheffield with Round the Clock Ink Supply Service

Press release from the issuing company

London - April 22, 2005 -- Sun Chemical, the world's foremost manufacturer of inks and pigments, has teamed with Polestar, Europe's largest independent printing company, to implement a round the clock, computer controlled ink supply programme for the new 25 acre Polestar printing facility in Sheffield. A remote controlled telemetric system is required to ensure Polestar's massive 3.88mm wide Cerutti rotogravure presses receive Sun Chemical's High Reduction Series publication gravure inks. Sun Chemical engineers monitor a sophisticated storage and distribution system straight to the presses via eleven 30-tonne tanks and when the plant is in full operation will schedule tanker deliveries to site six days a week. Polestar Sheffield has its first 3.88 metre wide Cerutti up and running and the second press is under installation. When completed Sun Chemical will be supplying ink tonneage to the Sheffield site at the rate of one to two full tankers every day. Commenting on the backing Sun Chemical is guaranteeing Polestar, Corporate Vice President & Managing Director, Charles Murray said : "The Sheffield project demonstrates Polestar's ability to deliver on its commitments and to re-enforce its position as a leading supplier of gravure printed publications. In its strategic alliance Sun Chemical has supported Polestar throughout the project and has been directly involved in the design and engineering of the ink delivery and tank system, again demonstrating Sun Chemical's ability to provide expertise on major capital projects." Chris Barker, Polestar Commercial Director, adds : " Our strategic alliance with Sun Chemical has provided the foundation from which we have been able to develop this additional service. With the scale of our gravure facilities, and in particular now Sheffield, we are delighted to have Sun Chemical's commitment to Polestar and to UK gravure ink production."