Commerce, CA 90040
Phone: (323) 720-4000
Sales: $50 million.
Major Products: Heatset, sheetfed , UV and UV LED inks.
Key Personnel: Urban S. Hirsch III, ex-president; Carl Hirsch, VP and sales manager; Robert Liu, CFO; Peter Notti, another VP.
Number of Employees: 160.
Operating Facilities: Commerce, CA; technical service centers in Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; Orange County, CA; Minneapolis, MN; Carlsbad, CA.
Comments: Founded by Urban Hirsch III, Ink Systems, Inc. is a leader in the North American sheetfed, heatset and UV ink segment. The company is highly regarded for its high-tech in-plant operations and knowledgeable ink personnel, who operate state-of-the-art equipment, inks and proprietary software.
Headquartered in Commerce, CA, the company has five technical centers located throughout the US.
With an eye on building up its UV offerings, Ink Systems added Lisa Fine, former president of RadTech North America and a recipient of the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) Ault Award, the industry’s highest honor. “We added Lisa Fine as part of our strong UV team,” Hirsch said.
In recent years, the commercial printing market has seen some declines, but the folding carton business has grown for many commercial printers. Hirsch said that Ink Systems still focuses on commercial printers, and added that the increased presence of package printing has proved to be ideal for his company.
“We’re doing more in packaging, and it’s a growth area for us,” said Hirsch. “Meanwhile, we still like to work with the medium- and high-end commercial printers. We want to work with companies where their people are important, and places where we can save our customers time and money.”