Topics discussed included the current requirements regarding ink systems in the various market sectors and Epple's strategy.
According to the company, the situation in the sheet fed offset inks sector is “definitely challenging,” because alongside the stagnating volumes there is also the tense situation in the raw materials market to keep in mind. Epple and its international partners however, demonstrated a positive attitude, the company said. The sales colleagues support the strategic development that Epple has been following since the drupa trade fair, 2016, per the company.
Since 2015, Epple has grown on foreign markets and will continue on this path, explained Gunther Gerlach, chairman of the board at Epple Druckfarben AG.
"The investment into the international sales organization is paying off,” he said. “A special vote of thanks is owed to our sales partners, as they are serving the regional markets with Epple products using their keen sense for those markets.
"Some of our great strengths are the customer specific solutions and inks for environmentally friendly printing, focused on the protection of people and nature,” he added. “We will continue to build on this and our will offer our new PURe ink series, step by step, in further selected European Markets."
The PURe label free ink system is produced without using potentially toxic metal dryers (cobalt or other metal soaps) or photo initiators and has already met with great interest in the German, Austrian and Swiss markets as well as the Benelux states.
Alongside the environmentally friendly PURe ink series, the Metal printing inks portfolio is also in a process of expansion.
"Having the Italian Metal ink specialists Maloberti as a Sales Partner means we are bringing new competences in to the house of Epple. We are adding to our range of special inks, at the usual high standards of quality,” said Dr. Carl Epple, head of Development and Innovation.