Sales: $40 million.
Major Products: Full line of screen and pad printing inks, UV dry offset inks, full line of packaging gravure and flexo inks including UV flexo.
Key Personnel: Heinz Walter Menke, managing director; Jürgen Schmidkunz, corporate development. Gravure, flexographic printing division: Ronald Säckl, sales manager; Helmut Junginger, international sales director; Alfred Beckers, regional director, Asia Pacific.
Number of Employees: 165.
Comments: Headquartered in Eppstein, Germany, RUCO Druckfarben offers a strong portfolio of screen, pad, UV dry offset, flexo and gravure printing inks that are delivered to customers in more than 70 countries worldwide via a close-knit network of distributors.
Considering the stagnating market for its main product lines, RUCO Druckfarben had a fairly satisfactory year, although the rise in raw material prices due to currency exchange effects did have a negative impact on the company.
In keeping with the company’s strategy of continually optimizing its product range to meet the most stringent demands in terms of print quality, environmental compatibility, consumer safety and user friendliness, RUCO completed the gradual introduction of a new generation of particularly eco- and consumer-friendly pad printing inks. These new inks are completely free from any solvents, which according to the latest findings are potentially carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR). All the raw materials used comply with the requirements of the REACH directive and are in accordance with the current regulations laid down in the Swiss Ordinance.