DE – 86356 Neusaess
Sales: $195 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: 228
Comments: Epple Druckfarben AG, Neusaess, Germany, is a family-owned sheetfed and UV ink specialist. The company, which began operations back in 1889, enjoyed a strong 2014, with sales increasing 2.1% to $195 million. The company is considering acquisitions and joint ventures with other ink manufacturers in order to further grow its business.
Raw materials remain a challenge throughout the industry, and Epple Druckfarben officials are implementing cost cutting projects as well as bringing in new raw materials from Europe to improve on shrinking margins.
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’s renowned R&D team introduced a wide range of new products during the past year, including the UV H-UV/ LE series, UV LED, BoFood Next Generation, Bopack GAMA Next Generation, Premium PSO and the Fastdry series.