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German offset printing inks supplier Epple Druckfarben takes over Dutch printing chemicals manufacturer PCO Europe

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German offset printing inks supplier Epple Druckfarben takes over Dutch printing chemicals manufacturer PCO Europe

July 08, 2020 - 04:49
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NEUSAB, Germany , July 6, 2020 (Press Release) -Epple Druckfarben AG, Neusäß, is increasing its shares in the Dutch printing chemicals manufacturer PCO Europe B.V., Etten-Leur, to 100 percent. With this acquisition, Epple, as a leading manufacturer of sheet-fed offset inks and coatings, 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-optimised portfolio of printing materials for sheet-fed 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”, explains 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 sheet-fed offset inks, coatings and printing chemicals in Europe and significantly expand our position in the global market“. The companies have already convinced themselves that the cooperation will work: 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 1 July 2020. This makes PCO Europe B.V. a fully owned subsidiary of Epple Druckfarben AG. Roberto Levi Acobas will remain a shareholder in PCO Eastgate.

Unique solutions for the printing process

The intensive 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). Dieter Zang, Managing Director of PCO Europe, sees great potential in such intensive technological cooperation: “We can optimally coordinate printing inks, additives and coatings for the respective printing processes of our customers. 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“. Furthermore, PCO Europe attaches great importance to the trustworthy and successful partnership with the independently operating Asian subsidiary PCO EastGate with locations in Malaysia and Thailand.

About PCO Europe

PCO Europe B.V. in Etten-Leur, The Netherlands, was established in 1976 and is a leading producer and supplier of printing chemicals for the offset printing industry. Cornerstones of the success of 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 quality management system NEN-EN-ISO 9001-2008. A branch of PCO Europe is PCO EastGate Sdn Bhd was established in 2009 in Selangor, Malaysia. It ensures a strong local market presence in the Asian-Pacific region.


Epple Druckfarben AG stands for unique perfection in every detail. Since 1870, Epple has em-bodied 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. 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.