Commerce, CA 90040
Tel: (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; Lisa Fine, technical director, UV curable products.
Number of Employees: 140.
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., Commerce, CA, is a sheetfed, heatset and UV ink leader, specializing in high-quality commercial and packaging sheetfed products and service. The company has five technical centers throughout the US.
Ink Systems is best known for its high-tech in-plant operations and knowledgeable ink personnel, who operate state-of-the-art equipment, inks and proprietary software. Ink Systems has evolved along with its customers, developing UV and UV LED inks for all presses as well as moving into the packaging market.
Carl Hirsch, Ink Systems’ VP and sales manager, reported that 2019 included a lot of industry consolidation by strategic, private equity and foreign investors in the folding carton packaging space, adding that Ink Systems is ideally positioned for the packaging industry’s need for quick turnarounds.
“The work we have been involved with still includes a lot of application expertise with shorter turnaround times and increased complexity as brand owners seek to differentiate themselves in the market,” he said. “Frequently, social media plays a role as influencers promote a short run or limited supply of new products to gauge customer interest; as these products gain momentum, closer to exact quantities can be produced with little or no need to discount excess inventory. This new order of speed and complexity fits Ink Systems and our nimble customer base, who are well prepared to turn on a dime to meet these challenges.”
Hirsch noted that concerns over the coronavirus have led to some changes in the packaging market.
“With the recent coronavirus outbreak affecting supply chains coupled with these short turnaround requirements, we have seen some onshoring of printed packaging that had historically been produced in China,” Hirsch noted.