Top Companies Report

17. Royal Dutch Printing Ink Factories Van Son


17. Royal Dutch Printing Ink Factories Van Son
P.O. Box 44, 1200 AA
Hilversum, Holland
Tel: +31 35 688 44 11
Fax: +31 35 688 44 04

Sales: $140 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: Wim van Mastrigt, managing director.

Number of Employees: 275 (Ink World estimate).

Comments: Founded in 1872, Royal Dutch Printing Ink Factories Van Son is a specialist in offset, flexo and digital inks. The conventional sheetfed market remains the company’s core business, and has faced numerous challenges in recent years, as the adoption of digital printing combined with the global recession has impacted the printing market
In order to meet these challenges, Royal Dutch Printing Ink Factories Van Son continues to expand its product portfolio. At drupa 2012, the company launched its QuicksonSupreme offset inks, which offer excellent press stability, very fast setting, hard drying, low tack and intense colors. The company also emphasized its inkjet products as well as its Aqua Base+ water-based flexo inks.

Van Son has worked to build a global infrastructure. In addition to its headquarters in The Netherlands, Van Son has subsidiaries in the U.S. (Van Son Holland Ink Corporation of America); Shanghai (Van Son Ink Shanghai Co., Ltd.); and Korea (Van Son Korea, Inc.) In addition, the company utilizes a global network to distribute its inks.