Top Companies Report

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; Carl Hirsch, VP special projects.

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.


Comments: For the commercial and packaging sheetfed markets, service is essential for many high-quality printers. This is perfect for Ink Systems, Inc., a Commerce, CA-based specialist in sheetfed, heatset and UV ink, which has made its name by providing high-tech in-plant systems.


Led by Urban Hirsch III, Ink Systems prides itself on providing state-of-the-art equipment, high-quality ink systems and proprietary software run by experienced ink technicians.


The commercial sheetfed and publication printing markets are facing numerous challenges as their markets are shrinking, and ink companies are trying to cope with these changes. Mr. Hirsch said that unlike some of his competitors, Ink Systems held its own in 2012.


“We’re still observing the weeding out process,” said Mr. Hirsch, Ink Systems’ ex-president. “I believe some companies, ink and printing, are running in the red.”