19 Ink Systems, Inc.
2311 South Eastern Ave.
Commerce, CA 90040
Phone: (323) 720-4000
Sales: $55 million.
Major Products: Heatset, sheetfed and UV inks.
Key Personnel: Urban S. Hirsch III, ex-president; Carl Hirsch, VP and sales manager; Tim Van Scoy, VP of sales and marketing; Peter Notti, another VP; Masood Solaimani, VP UV/EB.
Number of Employees: 190.
Operating Facilities: Commerce, CA; technical service centers in Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; Orange County, CA; Minneapolis, MN; Carlsbad, CA.
Comments: For high-quality commercial sheetfed and packaging printers, service is a critical component in selecting an ink supplier. This is ideal for Commerce, CA-based Ink Systems, Inc., a sheetfed, heatset and UV ink specialist that has made service its calling card. Led by Urban Hirsch III, Ink Systems has perfected the high-tech in-plant systems approach, providing state-of-the-art equipment, high-quality ink systems and proprietary software run by experienced ink technicians.
Hirsch said that Ink Systems had a good year in 2013, overcoming the loss of a few accounts with new opportunities.
“We lost a couple of accounts due to what we call ‘desperate pricing,’ but we replaced those with new accounts that are interested in quality service and dealing with strong technical people.,” Hirsch said. “Unlike the giant companies, we have an advantage in that we can make up for losing an account.”
UV is a growth market for Ink Systems, which was a Platinum Sponsor of Print UV 2014 in Las Vegas in March 2014. Print UV gave Ink Systems the opportunity to discuss innovative techniques for commercial, packaging and specialty applications with printers.