DE – 86356 Neusaess, Germany
Sales: $191 million.
Major Products: Sheetfed inks; inks for perfecting presses; UV inks; varnishes, fountain solutions and printing additives.
Key Personnel: Joachim Erlach, executive board; Edgar Buck, executive board; Dr. Carl Epple, executive board; Michael Glaser, executive board.
Number of Employees: 200.
Comments: Headquartered in Neusaess, Germany, Epple Druckfarben AG is a family-owned sheetfed ink specialist whose roots date back to 1889. The company enjoyed an excellent 2013, with sales increasing 3.2% to $191 million.
The company is looking to further expand its business, and is looking to either acquire or set up a joint venture for inks or consumables with other printing ink manufacturers.
Raw materials are a challenge for every ink manufacturer, and Epple Druckfarben is no exception. Epple Druckfarben officials noted that rising material costs without increasing sales prices reduces margins. Meanwhile, the company is minimizing the impact of the higher prices by bundling raw materials, examining alternative raw materials and improving its internal processes.
Epple Druckfarben launched a variety of new products in the past year, successfully introducing its UV HUV Series, UV LED, BoFood Next Generation and Premium PSO ink series.