13. Epple Druckfarben AG
DE – 86356 Neusaess, Germany
Major Products: Sheetfed inks; inks for perfecting presses; UV inks; varnishes, fountain solutions and printing additives.
Key Personnel: Joachim Erlach, executive board; Edgar Buck, executive board; Dr. Wolfgang Josten, executive board; Dr. Carl Epple, executive board.
Number of Employees: 200.
Comments: Epple Druckfarben AG, a Neusaess, Germany-based family-owned sheetfed ink specialist, enjoyed an excellent year in 2010, as its sales grew 10% to $168 million. As a result, the company is looking to invest in its production capabilities in the coming year.
Raw materials remain a serious concern throughout the industry, and Epple Druckfarben is no exception. Besides the company’s efforts to pass a fraction of the rise in material costs to the market, Epple Druckfarben is using the options it has after the expansion of its new production line to bring in alternative raw materials to absorb the cost rise. Similarly, the company cut costs within its organization and business process structure.
R&D is a major emphasis at Epple Druckfarben, and the company launched a number of new environmentally friendly products during the past year. Novel Intense Process Inks utilize a pure vegetable binding agent. BoFood is the first migration harmless sheetfed ink for food and tobacco packaging, and UV-MA is Epple Druckfarben’s new migration-reduced UV ink.