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Rodney Balmer Honored for Lifetime of Work

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Rodney Balmer is work has reached printers in nearly all industry sectors. This chemist is best known for his advances in energy curable ink and coating technologies, as well as his ability to help printers incorporate them into their pressrooms.

The industry recognized Balmer is achievements at the 2009 Technical Conference hosted by NPIRI (National Printing Ink Research Institute, research arm of the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers). There, he received the prestigious Technical Achievement Award in recognition of major technical accomplishments in the science of printing ink.

Balmer, sheetfed ink technical director for Flint Group, has been involved in developing some of the most technologically advanced products serving energy curable and conventional markets. Hybrid and UV inks, high-speed UV news inks and electron beam inks are just a few examples.

Just as importantly, he played a large role in ensuring these technologies were—and continue to be—applicable and beneficial for printers. He has traveled the world to help printers capitalize on new tools, as well as remain aware of future developments.

Balmer has been a featured speaker at various industry events, including lectures and seminars organized by RadTech, LPIA (Labels and Printing Industries of America), GATF (Graphic Arts Technical Foundation), NPIRI and PIRA International. He has written articles, white papers and market forecasts for numerous publications.

He has contributed to multiple patents, including ones addressing laser-curing technologies, energy curable inks for coldset web presses, and conductive inks. Last, but not least, he continues to support the next generation of experts. He closely supervises the hands-on education and research of many graduate interns.

I could not have done this without the support of my co-workers past and present, Balmer said of the achievement. Development work requires a sense of adventure and a willingness to take some risks. I am fortunate that my colleagues were amenable to doing things differently and to exploring new avenues.

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