Top Companies Report

17.Royal Dutch Printing Ink Factories Van Son


Kleine Drift 41, 1221 JX Hilversum,
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 35 688 44 11
Fax: +31 35 688 44 04 

Sales: $130 million (Ink World estimate)

Major Products: Conventional sheetfed inks, waterless offset inks, UV curable, water-based flexo inks and coatings, water-based gravure inks, wide format inkjet inks.

Key Personnel: Wim van Mastrig, managing director; Jan van der Laan, finance and purchasing director; Benno Prijs, sales director.

Operating Facilities: Headquarters in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Subsidiaries: Van Son Holland Ink Corporation of America, Van Son Korea & Van Son Ink Shanghai.

Number of Employees: 275 (Ink World estimate).

Comments: Founded in 1872, Royal Dutch Printing Ink Factories Van Son is a family-owned offset, flexo and digital ink manufacturer. The company’s core business is sheetfed offset inks, which has had a difficult time in recent years as the sheetfed printing market has been struggling.

To meet the needs of its customers, Royal Dutch Printing Ink Factories Van Son has expanded its Quickson sheetfed ink portfolio, as well as its Aqua Base+ water-based flexo inks and its inkjet inks. In particular, Wim van Mastrig, Van Son’s managing director, noted that Quickson Supreme, introduced in 2012, is doing particularly well in the marketplace, as well as in the wide format inkjet field.

“We have had good acceptance and success with Quickson Supreme,” said Mr. van Mastrig. “It is a highly universal process ink suitable for straight and for perfecting presses. We are also increasing our focus on marketing and distribution of wide format inkjet inks.”

Outside of its Hilversum, The Netherlands headquarters, Van Son has subsidiaries throughout the world: Van Son Holland Ink Corporation of America in the U.S.: Van Son Ink Shanghai Co., Ltd. in China; and Van Son Korea, Inc. in South Korea. Mr. van Mastrig noted that the company is increasing its emphasis on Latin America.

“We are upgrading our logistics and tech sales support for Central and Latin America by enlarging our facility in Miami, FL,” Mr. van Mastrig said.