STUTTGART, Germany , Aug. 21, 2018 (Press Release) -Epple Druckfarben AG, Neusäß, one of leading producer of offset printing inks and varnishes in Europe, has taken shares in the Dutch printing chemicals manufacturer, PCO Europe B.V., Etten-Leur. Epple‘s objective, alongside the strengthening of their product range, is the expansion of their activities in the international market environment; in this case the important Asian market.
The market for print and printing consumables is faced with challenges on the one side, like price pressure on print products, shortage of raw materials and media developments. However there are great opportunities, especially in the food packaging printing sector for sustainable print production. With this background and the experiences gained from their previous tight cooperation, it was a logical step for Epple Druckfarben AG to take a financial share in PCO Europe, the specialist for printing chemicals in the graphics industry, to strengthen and expand this cooperation. As an example, this applies to the expansion of sales of printing inks in Asia. Epple wants to exploit the comprehensive Asian agent network of the PCO branch PCO EastGate with locations in Malaysia and Thailand as well as their strong local market know-how.
Opportunity for Epple and PCO Europe
Stefan Schülling, Head of Corporate Development at Epple Druckfarben AG, sees a lot of opportunities in this cooperation. “PCO Europe has found a strong shareholder in Epple, and Epple will be able to expand its main business thanks to the strong presence PCO has in Asia, particularly through PCO EastGate.“
“In the interest of the long term future of the company and as a reliable business partner to our customers, the new close partnership with Epple Druckfarben AG is optimal.
Now, I can focus completely on the further development of our product range and the technical support of our customers, in order to remain a competent and reliable partner for printing houses over the coming years“, explains Ben Van Loon, current Technical Director at PCO Europe. Stefan Schülling is the new Managing Director at PCO Europe.
Future orientation of PCO Europe
PCO Europe B.V. in Etten-Leur, Holland, was established in 1976 and is a leading producer and supplier of printing chemicals for the offset printing industry. The cornerstones of success for the specialists in dampening solution concentrate are a modern and comprehensive R & D department, a versatile team of specialists and the consequent orientation towards the requirements of the end consumer. PCO Europe B.V. is certified according to the NEN-EN-ISO 9001-2008 quality management system. A branch of PCO Europe, PCO EastGate Sdn Bhd was established in 2009 in Selangor, Malaysia. It ensures a strong local presence in the Asian-Pacific region.
Epple Druckfarben AG stands for unique perfection in every detail. Since 1889, Epple has embodied permanent further development and the highest of quality demands. As the leading producer of offset printing inks, Epple has demonstrated its power of innovation with early development of mineral oil-free eco-series and special types of ink for very long washing intervals in perfecting printing. This has also been demonstrated in the sector of inks for foodstuff packaging with the patented products BoFood MU and BoFood Organic. PURe is setting new standards as a third technology offset ink system, which completely avoids the use of metal dryers or photo initiators. Both sustainability and flexibility in business are top priorities at the medium sized family-run company. Unlike practically any other company, Epple is in the position to provide tailor made solutions for the individual requirements of their global customers.