Schaumburg, IL – April 2, 2007 — The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers named INX International President and CEO Richard (Rick) Clendenning recipient of the 2007 Ault Award at the annual NAPIM Convention, March 25 – 28, 2007 at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda.
The Ault Award, established in memory of L. A. Ault, founder of the Ault and Wiborg Company and an early leader in the industry, is considered the industry’s most prestigious honor — the highest award that industry members can bestow on one of their peers. The annual award recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions and played major roles in the progress of the printing ink industry.
From tub washer to metal decorating ink innovator, corporate chief and industry leader.
The Citation presented to Clendenning notes that a combination of management and technical skills have been the hallmarks of Rick’s 36-year career.
Beginning as a tub washer in Acme Printing Ink’s Fullerton, CA plant while attending California State University, Rick was soon promoted to the laboratory — then honed technical skills at an in-plant facility before moving to Acme’s Charlotte, NC metal decorating ink plant. Responsible for both the laboratory and manufacturing, he played key roles in the formulation and introduction of innovative products for metal decorating — products that helped make it the dominant player in metal decorating inks.
When Acme became part of Sakata INX in 1988, Rick was given full responsibility for metal decorating operations and sales, and was named President of INX International in 1999. He has been instrumental in expanding INX’ global presence throughout the Americas, Europe, China and Thailand, and is known internationally for his expertise in metal decorating inks. Rick has been active in the International Metal Decorators Association over the years and currently serves as IMDA President.
While helping his own company grow and prosper, Rick also has been extensively involved in NAPIM affairs, having served on the NAPIM Board, on the organization’s Executive Committee, and currently as NAPIM Treasurer. Rick also received the Printing Ink Pioneer award from NAPIM in 1997.
NAPIM has been honoring individuals for their contributions to advancement of the printing industry since 1954. This marks the forty-ninth year in which the Ault Award has been presented.
INX International Ink Co. is the third largest producer of inks in North America with over 30 plants in the U.S. and Canada, and is a global supplier as part of Sakata Inx worldwide operations
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