Sun Chemical Director Named Woman of the Year by Ink Association

Sun Chemical Director Named Woman of the Year by Ink Association

A director at Sun Chemical was the 19th recipient of the Anthony Mauriello Woman of the Year award by the Metro New York Printing Ink Association (MNYPIA).

Juanita Parris, who has a doctorate in chemistry, received the honor this past month when MNYPIA paid tribute to her in North Carlstadt, NJ. The Anthony Mauriello Woman of the Year award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the business they work for and to the ink industry.

“Juanita is a very deserving recipient of the prestigious Woman of the Year award,” said Russell Schwartz, chief technology officer for Sun Chemical, in a news release. “Her years of service and leadership are impeccable, and her contributions to the industry are outstanding. Her accomplishments alone would be more than enough to earn this award, but she’s an even better person.”

Parris, who previously served as director of procurement at Sun Chemical, currently serves as the global director of material science, leading teams responsible for analytical, polymer, the Pilot Plant and Dispersion Engineering, the pressroom, and color science.

Parris joined the ink industry in 1993 as a scientist at Sun Chemical’s research location in Carlstadt, NJ.

“Since then, she has held positions of increasing scope, responsibility, and complexity, leading analytical research and development efforts focused on liquid inks and energy curable,” according to a news release about the award. “Her work in energy curable inks, for example, has led to several key innovations, including wet trapping of energy beam flexo inks and the introduction of a variety of new technologies in the field.”

Parris has received other prominent graphic arts honors, including the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ Printing Ink Pioneer Award and the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts’ (TAGA) Michael H. Bruno Award. She served as president of the National Printing Ink Research Institute from 2016 to 2018 and continues to serve on its technical board. She has also served as a board member of TAGA and RadTech. Parris received a doctorate in chemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC Group, is a producer of packaging and graphic solutions, color and display technologies, functional products, electronic materials, and products for the automotive and healthcare industries. The DIC Group companies have combined annual sales of more than $8.5 billion and more than 22,000 employees worldwide.