Siegwerk – Strategic focus on packaging printing gains momentum
GERMANY • The providers of printing inks for packaging applications, labels, and catalogs, is committed to focusing on the company’s core business in packaging printing. During the last few months, Siegwerk completed some strategic investments and disinvestments to enhance its product and service offering for packaging printers.
The integration of ACTEGA Colorchemie – now Siegwerk Buedingen –has made good progress since the end of April 2016. Strengths are being bundled, technological skills are being shared, and product portfolios are being integrated. 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.
End of 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 centre for water-based inks. Customers could also attend interactive workshops so-called Inktalks during the event, where they had the opportunity to get deeper insights and discuss specific topics in more detail. The recently launched water-based ink series UniXYL was also presented. Customers could see for themselves that this new water-based ink series, partially based on natural resins, is an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional inks with the same level of performance.
Beyond investments in Europe, Siegwerk is further investing in the creation of regional centres of excellence in manufacturing. 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.