Longtime ink industry leader discusses changes he has seen in the ink industry throughout his 47-year career.
David Savastano, Editor04.30.15
There have been many changes in the ink industry in the past 40 years. Companies have come and gone, and the printing ink technology itself has evolved from an art to a science.
Les Watkins has been in the forefront of many of these changes. A list of the companies he has worked with reads like a Who’s Who for the ink industry, and through it all, Watkins’ expertise in formulating inks has helped advance the industry. As Watkins retires as global technical coordinator for Zeller+Gmelin Printing Inks, a Richmond, VA-based UV ink specialist, after a 47-year career in the ink industry, he looks back on a career loaded with accomplishments.
Joining the Ink Industry
Watkins’ path to the ink industry began as a summer job during college, and he jokingly blames his dad for getting him in the ink industry in the first place.
“It was my father’s fault,” Watkins said. “He developed and built printing presses, and he go
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