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; Moritz Hartmann, 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: RUCO Druckfarben, Eppstein, Germany, is a specialist in screen, pad, UV dry offset, flexo and gravure printing inks. The company reports that nearly 60% of its sales come from exports, with a network of distributors reaching out into more than 70 countries worldwide.
In important news, Moritz Hartmann was appointed managing director of A. M. Ramp & Co. GmbH in September 2017. Hartmann will work together with managing partner Heinz Walter Menke on strategic and operational business development, with an eye on international growth for RUCO Printing Inks. He has been part of the company’s executive management team since March 1, 2015.
“I am pleased to announce the assignment of Mr. Hartmann as managing director to further focus the company’s path on a successful future,” said Menke.
RUCO Druckfarben reported a good year in 2017, and with more innovations from its R&D team, is looking ahead to a strong 2018.
Among its successful new products are its 937LED and 955LED-LM, two new LED screenprinting ink series. The 937LED is a two-component ink series designed for decorating glass, ceramics and metal. It is versatile, as it can be cured using UV LED or conventional UV lamps. The 955LED-LM is a low migration, silicone-free LED curable ink series created for printing on plastic containers.
At LabelExpo Europe 2017, RUCO introduced its low-migration UVFX-LM flexo printing inks, which are free from ITX, Benzophenone, 4-Methylbenzophenone and silicone. They offer high color strength and brilliance and feature excellent chemical resistance, the company reports. RUCO’s new UVFX-LED inks are silicone-free, and offer high color strength and brilliance.
RUCO also launched its 905UV-LM and its 965UV/MA low migration rotary screen inks. 905UV-LM is silicon-free, and ideal for plastic films; 965UV/MA is a universal ink designed for a wide range of substrates.