Des Moines, IA 50321
Phone: (515) 471-2100
or (800) 728-8200
Fax: (515) 471-2202
Total CUSA Sales: $220 million.
Major Products: Solvent-based, water-based, energy curable and specialty liquid inks and coatings and related point-of-use services for the flexible packaging, label, sheetfed, tobacco, liquid food packaging and paper and board industries using flexo, rotogravure and offset printing.
Key Personnel: Dave Hiserodt, president CUSA region; Jarred Carter, BU head, Flexible Packaging CUSA; Terry Davis, VP sales, Flexible Packaging CUSA; Lothar Schaeffeler, VP technology Americas; Dean Radford, VP technology Narrow Web CUSA.
Number of Employees: 600 (CUSA).
Operating Facilities: Des Moines, IA – CUSA (Canada and US) Flexible Packaging headquarters; Morganton, NC – Narrow Web headquarters; Drums, PA; Vacaville, CA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Ontario, CA; Brampton, Ontario, Canada; Bois-des-Filion, Quebec, Canada.
Comments: Siegwerk CUSA is the US and Canadian subsidiary of Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, the fifth-largest global ink manufacturer. With sales of $1.1 billion in liquid and digital inks in 2017, Siegwerk is focused on the packaging industry. Siegwerk CUSA had an excellent year in 2018, with sales growing 10% to $220 million.
“Siegwerk finished the year strong in the marketplace as we have continued down the path of growth,” said Dave Hiserodt, president CUSA region for Siegwerk. “We continue to focus our efforts on expanding our core business of inks for package printing through major investments in people, capacity and technology. Our Business Units with the strongest growth potential remain Flexible Packaging and Narrow Web. With a combination of best-in-class ink performance, product safety and guidance and support, Siegwerk is making every effort to assist customers in addressing upcoming trends and meeting their individual needs with innovative solutions.
“Siegwerk is continuing to grow the low migration UV printing inks for food and pharmaceutical packaging applications” Hiserodt added. “The demand for UV printing inks is very high. Here, narrow web printers want the highest level of product safety with the minimal migration risk, all coupled with optimal efficiency and short production times.”
For Siegwerk, last year was an active year in the digital and packaging ink segments, beginning early in 2018 when Siegwerk and Agfa Graphics, a leading supplier in prepress offset and inkjet print, entered into an alliance for digital packaging inks.
“This union allows for a stronger network, access to know-how, intellectual property and services in the domain of UV curable digital inkjet inks for the single pass packaging and labels industry,” Hiserodt noted.
In August the Des Moines, IA facility opened its new warehouse spanning 44,000 sq. ft. that is located next to the corporate office. The aim is to grow the solvent-based operations with more robust processes to support increased Flexible Packaging customer demand.
In September, Siegwerk acquired Ultra Inks Inc. (Encres Ultra Inc.), a water-based flexo ink specialist headquartered in Bois-des-Filion, Québec, Canada.
“This acquisition further expands the Canadian footprint while strengthening its local service, infrastructure and portfolio for label and packaging printers,” Hiserodt noted. “With this purchase, Siegwerk continues to enhance its profile as a global supplier of inks for labels and packaging.”
Siegwerk also released a series of new inks this year, including its EB 730 flexible packaging solution, a hybrid EB curable ink system allowing the ink system to be printed in sequence without being fully cured until exposed to an EB unit downstream in the printing process. Also launched was a new ink system for narrow web, SICURA Flex ORBIS, a UV solution and a dual cure system called SICURA ORBIS LEDtec. They are the newest generation flexo series developed for a wide range of applications, including shrink sleeve. This series is formulated for high color strength and low viscosity.
Siegwerk is also working closely with brand owners to increase efforts to move towards “mono material” structures to increase the recyclability of packaging. This initiative will drive suppliers to formulate their brands to fit within this trend by reducing waste and increase the recyclability of packaging.
The raw material market remains volatile, with a supply of key ingredients like photoinitiators under pressure due to environmental regulations and other causes. Hiserodt noted that Siegwerk is focused on maintaining its supply duringthese difficulties.
“As in other challenging times, Siegwerk is working to mitigate these effects on its customer base through leveraging its global spend and utilization of alternative, qualified suppliers,” Hiserodt reported. “It is well known that certain raw materials, like photoinitiators, have been impacted negatively by changing environmental regulations. Securing the continuous supply of raw material is Siegwerk’s number one priority for its customer base.”
Higher transportation costs and tariffs are among some of the other issues facing the global ink industry.
“The entire ink industry is facing continuing price pressures due to a multitude of causes – escalating transportation costs, raw material supply disturbances, as well as global governmental impacts including enforcement of environmental policies in developing countries and tariff developments in the US and Canada,” said Hiserodt.
Overall, Hiserodt anticipates further growth in its core packaging business in 2019.
“Siegwerk expects package printing to gain further momentum this year. We are seeing increased demand for shorter runs driven by brand owners desiring regionalization and personalization as well as effect varnishes and special finishing of their product packaging. Also, the instability of the global economy will continue to provide challenges in terms of raw materials and trade barriers,” Hiserodt said. “As part of our differentiation strategy, Siegwerk will continue to work closely with customers to develop optimal solutions that fit their individual needs and support them with guidance and technical know-how for the best-in-class printing results they desire.”