Des Moines, IA 50321
Tel: (515) 471-2100
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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: Ralf Hildenbrand, president, Americas; Dave Hiserodt, BU head, Narrow Web CUSA; 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: With more than $1.125 billion in sales in 2018, Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA is a worldwide leader in the field of packaging inks, recently adding inkjet inks for packaging to its portfolio of liquid inks. Siegwerk CUSA, the US and Canadian subsidiary of Siegwerk, is likewise a leader in the field of packaging in North America, and continued to expand its sales in the flexible packaging and narrow web ink markets.
Ralf Hildenbrand, president of the Americas for Siegwerk, said that the company did well in its core markets
“Siegwerk has seen nice growth in 2019 in its core business of flexible packaging and narrow web business units,” Hildenbrand said. “Overall, Siegwerk saw slightly lower growth rates within the industry, which is somewhat following macro-economic trends and the rising costs in raw material. Our new UV inkjet business we bought in 2018 from Agfa has seen excellent growth rates in 2019 of 50%.”
Sustainability is a main focus for the company, with more emphasis being placed on recyclability and deinking.
“We have seen a clear interest in the Circular Economy and providing solutions that fit within that trend, including improving the recyclability and re-use of packaging,” Hildenbrand observed. “Siegwerk is uniquely positioned to support customers in this way.
As members of CEFLEX, we are committed to ensuring full recyclability of printed packaging demands. Siegwerk has already developed initiatives in our core ink business and service sector to begin to tackle this challenge head-on, including developing deinkable ink solutions.”
Among its highlights, Siegwerk announced its partnership with Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics. The Siegwerk Lab will help students gain exposure to real-world experience by building an innovative package design through ink technology.
Siegwerk has defined the Circular Economy as a strategic priority going forward in order to close the regenerative loop of materials used in packaging. As a member of CEFLEX, Siegwerk is embarking on the journey to create products that have the environment in mind by enabling circle packaging solutions though its integrated know-how along with the value chain. An example of current solutions are LED ink systems, and inks used for recycling with floatable films and a new de-inking approach.
Siegwerk has continued its growth momentum in the low migration UV printing inks for food and pharmaceutical packaging applications, including its SICURA ORBIS product line.
“The demand for UV printing inks is very high,” Hildenbrand added. “Narrow web printers want the highest level of product safety with minimal migration risk, all coupled with optimal efficiency and short production times.”
Hildenbrand noted that there are various challenges the packaging and ink industries are facing today and will be facing in the coming years.
“The biggest one is definitely how to improve the recyclability rate of packaging of all kinds and increase recyclable resources and their re-use for marketable products,” he added. “Fitting within the Circular Economy and other reuse and recycling approaches will be key drivers for future growth. The whole industry will face a rethinking and redesign of packaging structures. It’s not only about inks anymore, but it’s also about integrated solutions as part of an overall framework of the whole packaging supply chain.”
“As a global ink manufacturer, we are actively cooperating with those initiatives as we are committed to increasing the recyclability of printed plastic packaging with our printing inks and varnishes addressing circular economy demands - today and in the future,” Hildenbrand noted. “We believe the focus of current innovation management is clearly on recyclable printing inks, varnishes and
Hildenbrand noted that Siegwerk expects packaging printing to gain further momentum in 2020, and plans another year of growth by concretely supporting the needs of the value chain for new and increasingly sustainable technologies.
“The growing focus of printers and brand owners on sustainable packaging solutions will drive the development activities in all ink technologies in line with the general market demand for sustainable solutions,” he said. “Meeting the Circular Economy requirements will be the driving key trend across the packaging value chain. The demand for low migration solutions will also further increase worldwide. Furthermore, digital printing will gain market share as it enables manufacturers to react even faster to specific customer demands.
“Going forward, we will continue focusing on differentiation via innovation and digitalization to build new business opportunities while further investing in our infrastructure, technology and personnel to promote long-term growth for our future,” Hildenbrand concluded. “By continuing to produce high-quality products and by providing exceptional guidance and support, in terms of ink room management, color matching and product safety, we anticipate continued growth throughout 2020 and beyond.”