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Sales: $74 million.
Major Products: Water-based inks, solvent-based inks and inkjet inks and varnishes for the packaging industry; comprehensive customer service package INKtelligence and Doneck Euromix dispensing systems.
Key Personnel: Arndt Breitbach, president of the board and managing director; Edgar Becker, managing director sales
Subsidiaries: In addition to Doneck Euroflex S.A., the Doneck Network includes Doneck Ibérica, Barcelona, Spain; Doneck UK, Milton Keynes, UK; Doneck Pronat, Százhalombatta, Hungary; Doneck Polska, Morawica, Poland; Doneck Sudamérica, Santiago, Chile; Doneck Euroink, Milano, Italy; and Doneck DCM GmbH, Merzig, Germany.
Number of Employees: 220 in the Doneck Network.
Comments: Founded in 1977 by Hans Gerd Doneck, the Doneck Network has grown into a packaging ink specialist, manufacturing solvent-based and water-based flexo and gravure printing inks, as well as inkjet inks and varnishes. Headquartered in Grevenmacher, Luxembourg, Doneck has subsidiaries in Spain, UK, Hungary, Poland, Chile, Italy and Germany.
Rita Knippel, manager, marketing & communications, Doneck Euroflex, reported that Doneck had an excellent year in 2019, adding sales as well as a new subsidiary in Germany.
“In 2019, the Doneck Network again was able to increase its sales over the previous year and continued to expand in the global market,” Knippel added. “The Doneck Network could welcome a new network member in 2019 with Doneck DCM GmbH in Germany, which could be the backup plant in case of a business contingency plan.”
As a packaging ink specialist with sizable positions in the food and hygiene markets, Doneck is playing a significant role in the battle against COVID-19.
“As a relevant supplier for the food and hygiene industry, we have been able to produce continuously during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Knippel noted. “Our Doneck Network never stood still at any time during this period. We were among the first companies in February to permanently raise hygiene standards and protective measures at all our subsidiaries. The Doneck management and the Doneck crisis management team are working intensively and with motivation/dedication to ensure that the Doneck Network will manage this challenging time.”
Doneck Network is growing, investing in two new plants in Hungary and in Germany in 2019.
“With the new plant in Hungary, Doneck Network provides a robust platform for the Central European market and further expansions are therefore ensured. The new plant of Doneck Pronat corresponds to the highest environmental, safety and efficiency measures,” Knippel said.
“The German production location for solvent-based inks for packaging was also in operation since late 2019,” she said. “With Doneck DCM in Merzig, the first German location of the Doneck Network has been opened. With its production location for solvent-based printing inks in Germany, the Doneck Network now has additional production capacities in order to meet the demands of the packaging industry, which has been growing for years.”
Knippel noted that the Doneck Network team has worked extremely hard to secure the supply chain.
“We are in constant contact with our suppliers and alternative suppliers,” Knippel observed. “We continuously check/monitor our current requirements as well as forecast material movements, taking appropriate countermeasures if necessary. Increased need for action currently exists for raw materials from China, Italy and India. Due to the current corona crisis, there is a relevant shortage of solvents, especially ethanol and isopropyl alcohol, as the latter is used in pharmaceutical and disinfection products.
“In order to secure our supply for the coming months, we had to accept price increases from our solvent suppliers,” added Knippel. “As of April 1, 2020, we had to levy a product-specific solvent surcharge in accordance with the proportion of the ink used, which is shown separately in the amount of the increase. In addition, internal optimization programs support our efforts to keep the cost burdens for our customers as low as possible.”
Doneck is not resting on its laurels, as its R&D teams are developing new products for their packaging ink customers.
“We want to face the challenges of the packaging industry, which is under big pressure, with a host of small and large innovations in the existing printing ink systems,” Knippel said. “Projects such as mono-material laminates and the INKjet area are subject to constant development in our laboratories, and inks series based on renewable raw materials are coming more into the picture.”
With all that is happening in the world, Doneck Network is positioning itself for future development.
“First of all, we have to secure the raw material supply chain and all the safety of our workers. As we expect an economic downturn throughout Europe, one priority is to stabilize and secure our business. We want to achieve a dynamic and innovative development with our Doneck Network,” Arndt Breitbach, managing director, concluded.