888 Veterans Highway, Suite 440
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone: (631) 715-7000
Fax: (631) 715-7026
Sales: $60 million.
Major Products: Conventional offset, waterless offset, UV curable, heatset web, duplicator and wide format inkjet inks.
Key Personnel: Joe Bendowski, CEO; John Sammis, president; John Bendowski, vice president; Ed Friesendorf, national lab and product manager.
Number of Employees: 100.
Operating Facilities: Headquarters in Hauppauge, NY, a central distribution and mixing center in Chicago and blending facilities in Miami, FL, and Los Angeles, CA.
Comments: The changing nature of the commercial sheetfed market has impacted printing globally. Van Son Holland Ink, the North American subsidiary of Royal Dutch Printing Ink Factories Van Son, has adapted to these changes, developing new sheetfed products while adding inkjet capabilities.
“Van Son was pleased with its results in 2013,” said Joseph Bendowski, CEO of Van Son Holland Ink Corporation of America. “In spite of continuing attrition and consolidation in the offset print side of the business, we were able to show year over year growth.
Our increase in business was primarily on the commercial sheetfed side of the business, as we continue to experience a shrinking small press market. In addition to large commercial growth, we experienced continued increase in our wide and grand format inkjet division in both the graphics and sign markets.”
Van Son has been a fixture at the drupa trade show every four years, and Bendowski noted that the 2012 show continues to pay dividends in terms of sales.
“One of the highlights of 2013 was the enthusiastic response to our presence at drupa,” Bendowski said. “Unlike most recent trade shows, we saw an increased attendance of interested and qualified buyers of both consumables and hardware. As a result, our attendance sparked an increase in activity in both domestic and global print markets.”
One of the ways that Van Son Holland Ink adapted to the changes in the commercial sheetfed market was developing a presence in digital inks. The company continues to expand its efforts in this market by adding new products in the wide and grand format segments.
At Print 13, Van Son Holland Ink launched its new product line of LED, UV curable, and Eco solvent-based grand format inks for a wide range of digital printers, including VUTEk, Durst, Agfa and HP.
The company also showcased its wide format line, which serves a wide range of digital printers such as Mimaki, Roland, Mutoh, Epson and HP.
Also during 2013, Van Son Holland Ink added Eco Plus, a green line of wide format inkjet inks for Roland and Mimaki printers, and designed to print on a variety of media, including PVC, standard uncoated stock, flex and vinyl.
Van Son is also actively developing new products for commercial printers. In 2013, Van Son introduced its Supreme Sheetfed Process Series, which offers fast setting time, excellent rub resistance, extraordinary press stability and radiant colors.
While raw material costs and supply remained fairly stable during the past year, Bendowski still is concerned over the possibility of higher costs.
“The raw materials situation seems to have stabilized in availability,” Bendowski noted. “Our concern going forward is whether the costs will stay under control.”
Bendowski said he is optimistic about this year, as he expects economic expansion to drive growth in printing.
“We continue to be guardedly optimistic for 2014 as we expect the U.S. economy to improve, and along with it the need for print,” Bendowski concluded.