Top Companies Report

5. Siegwerk


5. Siegwerk
Alfred-Keller-Strasse 55
53721 Siegburg, Germany
Tel: +49 2241-3040
Fax: +49 2241-304777

Sales: $1.16 billion (€969 million).

Major Products: Provider of solvent-based, water-based, energy curable and specialty liquid inks and coatings and related point-of-use services for the packaging and label industries. Product applications include flexible packaging, narrow web labels, tobacco and folding carton using flexographic, rotogravure and offset printing.

Key Personnel: Herbert Forker, CEO; Oliver Wittmann, CFO; Ralf Hildenbrand, president, Asia region; Hugo Noordhoek Hegt, president, packaging EMEA.

Number of Employees: 4,400 in more than 30 country organizations.

Comments: A leader in the packaging ink field, Siegwerk celebrated its 100th anniversary of the Siegwerk brand in style with a terrific year in 2011, enjoying greater than 18% growth as its sales rose to €969 million ($1.34 billion).

Siegwerk and its predecessor organizations date back to 1830 in textile printing. While the vast majority of printing houses produced their own inks, Siegwerk was one of the first companies to also market the inks that it had developed for its own use to external customers.

“The decision to specialize in ink production marks the true birth of the ‘Siegwerk’ brand,” said Siegwerk CEO Herbert Forker. “This anniversary was celebrated in each of Siegwerk’s more than 30 country organizations with colorful family events.”

In some locations, so-called INKdays – interactive workshops around the world of printing – were held for Siegwerk’s customers and partners.

“The main event at the headquarters in Siegburg was a great success, as 300 international participants experienced future-oriented topics and interesting discussions,” Mr. Forker said. “In focus were packaging trends as well as our value-added services, such as on-site consulting and HSE-related topics.

The newly opened Siegwerk Museum at the headquarters in Siegburg, Germany, vividly illustrates the company tradition while always pointing to the present and even future developments.”

Food packaging safety and sustainability have become important topics for ink manufacturers. One of the major trends Siegwerk is focused on is low migration solutions, especially for food packaging applications. A whole series of new products has been developed, such as UniRICS and Tempo Nutripack for food packaging, which are mostly based on vegetable raw materials and show extremely good low migration properties.

In the area of services, the On-site Consulting team has been expanded as their expertise has been increasingly requested. With their holistic approach regarding customers’ processes, they are able to optimize resources and achieve process savings.

“Consulting has also been a growing part in our Global HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) and Sustainability department,” Mr. Forker said. “How to protect the environment with regards to products as well as the entire value chain is becoming more and more important. We provide valuable insights and know-how.

“With the Sustainability Brochure we published in 2011, we took a major step forward in sharing our sustainability policy and requirements,” Mr. Forker added. “Many examples from the Siegwerk world show how sustainability is lived today and that it has always been an essential part of the company culture since the early years.”

A major highlight for Siegwerk CUSA in 2011 was the integration of Environmental Inks into the Siegwerk team.

“This union has proven to be an excellent fit in terms of expanded technical offerings, stronger infrastructure, and manufacturing synergies for both organizations,” Mr. Forker said. “This acquisition also allows Siegwerk and Environmental Inks to further develop sustainable solutions for our customer base.”

Siegwerk is building another pillar for future growth in the form of the world’s largest automated ink production plant. Construction work has begun at the headquarters in Siegburg, Germany. At around €20 million and scheduled for completion by the end of 2013, the project is one of the largest and strategically most important projects for Siegwerk.

“Annual production of up to 33,000 tons of nitrocellulose-based packaging inks is planned for the facility in the future,” Mr. Forker said. “Automation, however, will not only provide us with considerably higher capacity. The working conditions and occupational safety will also be greatly improved for each individual employee and we will achieve an even more consistent product quality
“These are only two of many projects to provide Siegwerk’s customers with the best products and services,” Mr. Forker added. “A special focus lies on emerging markets. Investment in infrastructure and the introduction of new technologies, especially in industrialized countries, will help optimize our offer. Just recently, new blending centers were opened in the Philippines, Indonesia and Colombia. Numerous small campaigns, with the goal of better organizing processes and quality consistency while increasing occupational safety, support our growth objectives. We welcome the future.”