Siegwerk Expands its Digital Ink Footprint

Siegwerk, one of the leading global providers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, just expanded its Technical Center in Annemasse (France) with a new production facility for inkjet inks.

The investment follows the construction of a dedicated inkjet laboratory last year that was built to already extend the company’s R&D capabilities in this area. Siegwerk is committed to further drive the development of inkjet inks that meet all printing process functionality and efficiency requirements and address the specific challenges of the labels and packaging segments.

Annemasse – one of 15 Centers of Excellence worldwide Today, the site in Annemasse is home for 275 employees and counts as Siegwerk’s European leading plant for water-based printing inks and varnishes. The so-called Center of Excellence produces more than 25,000 tons of printing ink per year. Over the last three years the company invested 3 million euros to specifically build up its development, production and testing capacities in the inkjet technology. “After opening our designated inkjet laboratory last year, we now opened our first designated inkjet production facility in Annemasse – all in line with our vision to become the leading packaging ink provider worldwide”, says Herbert Forker, CEO at Siegwerk. “Going forward we will invest additional 2 million euros in new equipment for the inkjet ink technology over the next five years. Annemasse will be our driving force for future inkjet ink solutions.” 

Siegwerk’s digital ink offering Given its unique capability of coping with short print runs and lead times, digital printing takes label and packaging printing to the next level. Short print runs enable brand owners to adjust and customize print designs easily and thereby differentiate their brands from competitors through regionalization and personalization of their product packaging. Shorter lead times allow printers to react fast to the market and customer requirements. Besides, digital printing supports sustainable printing processes while offering printers the reduction of waste and ink stocks. “Overall, we see a growing demand for applicationdriven ink systems and especially for inkjet ink customization”, says Matthieu Carnie, Business Development Manager at Siegwerk. “From our perspective, the most promising technologies are UV  inkjet, suitable for narrow web printing on thick material such as labels & direct-to-pack, and water-based inkjet, suitable for single pass large width printing on corrugated and flexible packaging. Both technologies can also be suitable for printing on folding carton.” The company’s inkjet offering today focusses on UV technology - covering conventional UV to full LED curing.

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