Siegwerk Puts Focus on Development of Water-Based Inks
As part of strategic investments and disinvestments to enhance its product and service offerings for packaging printers, Siegwerk has invested significantly in the expansion of its water-based ink business.
“In line with our goal to offer solutions for all packaging applications – in other words to strengthen our portfolio as a full-range provider for packaging printers – we invested in the expansion of our position in the European market for water-based printing inks,” says Dirk Weissenfeldt, VP paper & board and liquid food packaging at Siegwerk. “Next to the acquisition of ACTEGA Colorchemie, which opened up new segments and further enhanced our profile as a supplier of water-based printing inks, we recently completed a comprehensive investment project at our technical center in Annemasse, France, and opened a brand new blending center for the production of water-based inks.”
The company’s site in Annemasse (France) is the European Center of Excellence for water-based ink production. At production capacity of more than 25,000 tons per year, Annemasse accounts for 10% of the Siegwerk group’s annual output. The French site has about 250 employees. In total, Siegwerk has invested a double-digit million figure in the automation of its production facilities over the last two years.
In June, Siegwerk celebrated the opening of its new production facilities and invited customers, as well as local authorities and employees, to visit the new blending center for water-based inks.
Beyond investments in Europe, Siegwerk is further investing in the creation of regional centers of excellence in manufacturing in order to improve global processes and therefore get closer to customers and offer its solutions at the same high quality worldwide. In line with this goal, the company just invested in automation and increased capacity within the manufacturing of water-based and energy curable products at its site in Morganton, North Carolina (USA), and also initiated comprehensive investments in its footprint in China to support the company’s growth strategy and expand its local presence in Asia.