Sun Chemical announced the formation of Vivitek, an independently operated division, in May 2003. “Printers have been telling us they want to be able to buy from a single source the many items they use across their prepress, pressroom and finishing operations,” said William Glass, Vivitek general manager. “They emphasize the need for a supplier who puts together a package of diverse products selected and developed to perform together and then backs it up with quick access to technical support for the entire product line. Easy management of the supply chain and timely delivery are also key factors.”
Vivitek’s integrated product line ranges from fountain solutions, web conditioners, washes and blankets to personal protective equipment, pH meters, densitometers and spectrophotometers. The company has begun distributing well-known brands, but also is introducing Vivitek-branded products.
Some of the major printing supply companies offering products through Vivitek include: Baseline, BBA, Beta, Burnshine, ColorMetrix, Gretag, ITWMark-Tex, Justrite, Lamson, Olfa, OxyDry, PRI, QEA, Reeves, Sprayway and X-Rite.
Vivitek recently introduced MicroSurf, its new web conditioner, which is designed to improve press delivery and eliminate the need for silicone and anti-stat. Vivitek is also featuring its new line of MagniTek fountain solutions for heatset and sheetfed printing, which are designed to improve press performance through faster, cleaner start-ups, reduced waste and valuable time saved by reaching color faster.