Leading digital ink manufacturer NUtec is proud to introduce its first female miller to its customers and distribution partners. As one of the first female ink milling technicians in South Africa, Karen Benn stands out in a traditionally male dominated profession.

“When Karen first applied for this position, we were struck by her tenacity and insistence on not being judged by her gender. Ink milling is historically considered a man’s work so a leap of faith was required by myself and the company directors,” states Neil Poole, NUtec Process Manager.

“We certainly have no regrets as Karen has proved her mettle over the years – in fact, it has opened our eyes to other roles where women are now also being considered “, continues Poole.

Karen Benn started her career at NUtec as a filtration operator – also as the first woman in this role – and jumped at the opportunity to prove her ability when the milling technician position opened up. Not one to shy away from challenges, Benn was soon pushing 400kg ink vats around the plant and earned the nickname “Batista” – referencing the well-known wrestler.

A typical mother of two children and family person at home, Benn breaks stereotypes at the workplace. She hopes to inspire others to take on that next opportunity and meet challenges head on. She wishes to keep learning and evolving.

“Apply and try – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by learning a new skill and expanding your knowledge”, Benn advises.