Epple Italia S.r.l. located in Milan, has started very successfully. The organization has been able to establish itself very quickly alongside its partner, Printgraph. Events such as the international sales partners meeting in April 2017 and newly introduced customer events as the recent Epple Packaging Experts Event in Hamburg show a clear strategic direction: a strong sales network and customer focus are what Epple sees as its base for long term economic success. A visible sign of this is the renovation of the company´s headquarters in Neusäß, near Augsburg, in 2017.
Epple has made a successful start to 2018: the turnover and production volumes are already exceeding those of the comparable prior year period. In 2017, the ink systems Stability and Premium PSO were in particular demand from all-round printers. UV AtmosFair, the ink series for UV Low Energy and UV LED systems, achieved a dramatic increase in volumes. Due to the numerous new installations of these systems, Epple foresees further growth in UV inks in 2018.
BoFood Organic, which is worldwide the first patented ink to boast printing of packaging interiors, is being used by many printing houses. The printing results, for example in direct food packaging printing for sweets, are already available in retail. Very promising was the market launch of PURe. The pure ink system dries quickly and doesn’t use any metal dryers and photo initiators. The first long production runs, e.g. in Belgium, are very convincing.
The Epple company, which is 100% family owned, follows a path of sustainable development in all corporate sectors.
“We foresee a very challenging market environment for the year 2018 and beyond in the field of sheetfed offset printing, characterized by a stagnating market, increasing competitive pressure, price pressure as well as scarcity of raw materials,” said Gunther Gerlach, chairman of the Executive Board. “We have aligned our production, our European sales activities and our range of products, to these challenges.”
“We are set up very well for the long term with our continuous development in product innovation and targeted investments in the operational structures,” Michael Berz, chairman of the Supervisory Board, added. “The shareholder families fully endorse and support the strategy of the Board. They view the business development very positively. These facts, coupled with the innovative products, assure the company’s independence for the long term, in a volatile environment.”