Top Companies Report

16. Royal Dutch Printing Ink


Factories Van Son 
P.O. Box 44, 1200 AA 
Hilversum, Holland 
Phone: +31 35 688 44 11 
Fax: +31 35 688 44 04 

Sales: $145 million (Ink World estimate).

Major Products: Vs5 series, Quickson Plus, Quickson MultiFresh and Signature offset inks; Aqua Base Plus series water-based flexo inks; Van Son ArtColour and Van Son EasyPrint inkjet inks.

Key Personnel: Paul M. Brouwer, president.

Number of Employees: 275 (Ink World estimate).

Comments: The conventional sheetfed ink market has been a difficult one in recent years, as both the recession and the adoption of digital technologies is slicing away at the printing market. Royal Dutch Printing Ink Factories Van Son is holding its own, as the company works to expand its global presence as well as its product portfolio.

Van Son uses a strong distribution network to sell its inks worldwide. The company is making a push in the Caribbean market, with its U.S. subsidiary, Van Son Holland Ink, opening up a new warehouse in Miami, FL. The company is now looking for distributors for the Caribbean and Central America. In addition, the company has set up facilities in Shanghai and Korea.

In terms of products, Royal Dutch Van Son made gains with its Vs sheetfed ink series as well as its Quickson sheetfed ink lines.