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19 Ink Systems,8200;Inc.


19 Ink Systems, Inc.
2311 South Eastern Ave.
Commerce, CA 90040
Phone: (323) 720-4000
Fax: (323) 721-6000

Sales: $55 million.

Major Products: Heatset, sheetfed and UV inks.

Key Personnel: Urban S. Hirsch III, ex-president; Tim Van Scoy, VP of sales and marketing; Peter Notti, another VP; Masood Solaimani, VP UV/EB

Number of Employees: 250.

Operating Facilities: Commerce, CA; technical service centers in Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; Orange County, CA; Minneapolis, MN; Carlsbad, CA; Lincoln Park, NJ; Boston, MA.

Comments: For printers, particularly in the sheetfed commercial and packaging markets, service is a critical component in selecting an ink supplier. This is ideal for Ink Systems, Inc., a Commerce, CA-based sheetfed, heatset and UV ink specialist that has made service its calling card throughout its history.

Led by Urban Hirsch III, Ink Systems has virtually perfected the high-tech in-plant systems approach. They provide state-of-the-art equipment, high-quality ink systems and proprietary software run by experienced ink technicians.

Despite the difficulties faced in the offset ink market, the company held its own in 2011.

“Overall, it’s been a decent year, and we didn’t lose money,” said Mr. Hirsch, Ink Systems’ ex-president. “Our technical centers are growing, as is our UV division. I don’t have optimistic feelings about the next year, because there is still too much capacity in the ink industry.”

While other ink manufacturers have looked to save money by reducing service, Ink Systems continues to emphasize that portion of its business by adding technical centers throughout the U.S.

“We opened up more technical centers during the past year, and are putting one in Boston now,” Mr. Hirsch noted. “These are free standing service centers set up to service and sell to multiple accounts, primarily medium-sized print shops, and are run by Ink Systems-trained personnel.”