With this acquisition, Epple takes over a leading producer and supplier of printing chemicals for the offset printing industry.
Epple will thus be able to offer printers worldwide a very broad and process-optimized portfolio of printing materials for sheetfed offset printing.
"The acquisition of PCO Europe is a milestone in the development of the Epple group of companies. We are strengthening our product portfolio in the area of printing chemicals enormously," said Stefan Schülling, member of the executive board at Epple Druckfarben AG and responsible for sales and finance. “Epple and PCO Europe have ambitious plans for sales and product development in the future. By consistently using synergies within the companies, we intend to maintain our leading market position in sheetfed offset inks, coatings and printing chemicals in Europe and significantly expand our position in the global market
Epple Druckfarben AG has been holding a stake in PCO Europe B.V. since August 2018 and will take over the shares from Roberto Levi Acobas, president of Printgraph Solutions S.r.l., Settimo Milanese, Italy, as of July 1, 2020.
This makes PCO Europe B.V. a fully owned subsidiary of Epple Druckfarben AG.
Acobas will remain a shareholder in PCO Eastgate.
The development and sales cooperation between the teams of Epple and PCO Europe had already paid off recently with the market launch of the environmentally friendly ink system PURe.
The same applies to Epple's "Fit series" of printing chemicals (i.a. Waterfit, Washfit, Cleanfit).
“We can optimally coordinate printing inks, additives and coatings for the respective printing processes of our customers," said Dieter Zang, managing director of PCO Europe. "In this way, we support our customers in successfully mastering their daily challenges in the areas of quality, cost savings, environmental responsibility and stable production."