Sun Chemical's 'Next Generation Customer' Program Provides Students with Training
PARSIPPANY, N.J. — August 17, 2016 — Sun Chemical has developed a program designed to help students obtain the tools they need and hands-on training required to understand every aspect of the ink business in the flexographic printing process.
The program, Sun Chemical Next Generation Customer (NGC), is designed to help form relationships with future business partners, customers, co-suppliers and possibly even employees.
The idea of the program started through a partnership with the Phoenix Challenge Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the growth of the flexographic printing process in the educational system throughout North America. The Phoenix Challenge was created to develop a competition between flexography students at a variety of different colleges and high schools throughout the United States that teach prepress, platemaking, printing skills and basic theory.
The college competition begins every year during the Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) INFO*FLEX show. Students from each of the schools are given an assignment which includes finding a customer, understanding their marketing/sales goals, developing a package or label to help sell the product, and printing the final package/label.
Sun Chemical’s NGC program helps students in the Phoenix Challenge by sending experts who give advice and teach all aspects of the ink business in the printing process from color matching on different substrates to how to incorporate special effect coatings.
This past school year, Sun Chemical piloted its Next Generation Customer program at Central Piedmont Community College, based in Charlotte, N.C. After assessing the needs of the college, Sun Chemical donated its SunMatch computer software to best help the students achieve success in the Phoenix Challenge. SunMatch helps students more accurately achieve the right brand color on a variety of substrates and understand how to achieve colors through scientific numbers.
Throughout the school year, Sun Chemical experts came to the college to teach and give hands-on experience to help students understand every aspect of the ink business in the flexographic printing process.
During the 2016 FTA INFO*FLEX show, students from Central Piedmont Community College presented their rebranded labels for the start-up Triple Whammy Sauces and won awards for the “best execution” and “best design” categories of the Phoenix Challenge.
“We’re so grateful for all that Sun Chemical has done to help make our students successful in our flexography program,” comments Kathy Rummage, executive director of communications at Central Piedmont Community College. “Seeing our students achieve success in the Phoenix Challenge and learning the skills they need to flourish in their future careers has always been our goal.”
Says Charles Murray, president of North American inks, Sun Chemical, “The Phoenix Challenge is a great way for Sun Chemical to help train our future customers in the flexo industry with the tools they need to understand the color process and science that goes into ink. The experience gives students a realistic interaction with professionals in the industry. We’re grateful to Central Piedmont Community College for the opportunity to interact with these students and it is our hope to build on our experience here and expand our Next Generation Customer program to other colleges with flexographic programs.”
About Central Piedmont Community College
Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs; customized corporate training; market-focused continuing education; and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. CPCC responds to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC has provided more than 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry.
About the Phoenix Challenge Foundation
Founded in 1998, the Phoenix Challenge Foundation (PCF) is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization of industry professionals dedicated to the recruitment and development of the future workforce for flexography. The PCF is a 503(b) non-profit and exists solely through generous donations made by devoted industry supporters, suppliers, flexo printers and converters. Businesses and organizations participating as sponsors will have access to a variety of options that in turn deliver marketing and recognition opportunities.
Funds raised by the foundation cover operating expenses, scholarships, and support the Phoenix Challenge Flexo Skills competitions. For additional information or to donate to the Phoenix Challenge Foundation, please contact Bettylyn Krafft at (704) 309-3748.
About Sun Chemical
Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than $7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees supporting customers around the world.
Sun Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A., the Netherlands, and is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., U.S.A.
Source: Sun Chemical.