About us

Epple Druckfarben AG stands for unique perfection in every detail. Since 1870, 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.

Products and services

Epple has a large range of products:

UV-Process Inks
For classic processing and also for LE (low energy) and LED (light emitting diode) drying on all press types. Outstanding
printability and colour intensity with extremely fast curing.

Perfectly refined, attractively sealed. Achieve the perfect finish on all substrates with our oil-based varnish, dispersion varnish,
effect varnish and special varnish. Both matt or glossy.

Commercial Printing Inks
In every sheet-fed offset print shop commercial print is one of the decisive business segments. Therefore, it is even more important that each order is processed efficiently and all requirements are fulfilled with the utmost customer satisfaction.

Packaging Printing Inks
Security and protection of the filling are two considerable requirements today‘s food packaging has to meet. The packaging has to meet all specifications according to legal requirements, guidelines and recommendations in order to fulfil these two demands.

Commercial Printing Inks

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Packaging Printing Inks

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Epple Druckfarben AG
Gutenbergstr. 5
86356 Neusäß

Phone: +49 821 46030
Fax: +49 821 4603200
Internet: www.epple-druckfarben.de
E-mail: Send message

Contact person

Lisa-Marie Merk
Marketing Assistant
Phone: +49 821 4603138
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News & Innovations

Epple Druckfarben AG has taken a share in PCO Europe B.V.
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. www.pco-eu.com

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Epple Druckfarben AG has taken a share in Pulse Printing Products Ltd.
Epple Druckfarben AG, Neusäß, one of the leading producer of offset printing inks and varnishes in Europe, has taken shares in Pulse Printing Products Ltd., Bristol, a leading UK manufacturer of coatings and adhesives. In doing so Epple raises the business with its English sales partner to a new level. Epple expands their variety of high quality consumption materials and is strengthening their position in the important British print market.

For two years Epple Druckfarben AG and Pulse Printing Products Ltd. have followed a successful partnership, having previously appointed Pulse as the exclusive UK distributor of the Epple ink range. Pulse is a leading independent UK manufacturer of coatings and adhesives, and the Epple ink range will further enhance the consistently high quality products and services that their customers rely on.

Broader product portfolio and advantages in logistics

Against the background of further internationalization and the growing export business, Epple has meanwhile expanded their strategic partnership with Pulse as a contract manufacturer of Epple varnishes. In the course of Epple has taken a share in Pulse, the logical combination of Pulse's products and the printing inks and consumption materials from Epple is achieved. This benefits Epple’s logistics and product range: printing inks and coatings can be shipped from Bristol to the international markets. The product portfolio of Epple is being extended by the Pulse offer. The previous recipes and products from Epple will be retained and developed.

Gunther Gerlach, Chairman of Epple Druckfarben AG: “From the beginning this relationship is founded on a shared philosophy of providing high quality products to the UK print market. Here we take another step forward by acquiring shares in Pulse. In the partnership, we want to benefit from synergy effects, created through joint business activities and the exchange of know-how.

Gary Sheppard, Chairman of the Management Board of Pulse Printing Products Ltd.: “The benefits are obvious for our and Epples customers. The two companies will work closely together to provide a high level of technical knowledge and support to the UK ink market, with qualified sales staff and second level support through the Epple application technology team. Pulse can benefit from the joint network and an expanded product portfolio to position itself even better in the market.”

About Pulse

Pulse Printing Products was founded in Bristol in 2000; their innovative UV curable coatings, waterbased coating and adhesives are exported to over 40 countries worldwide. Product ranges include ISEGA certified waterbased coatings, standard waterbased coatings, low migration UV coatings for food packaging, screen and HUV coatings. Pulse also manufactures a comprehensive range of waterbased, UV curable, hot-melt and polyurethane adhesives.

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WorldStar Packaging Award 2019: BoFood Organic from Epple wins award
BoFood® Organic, the migration harmless ink for printing the inner sides of primary foodstuff packaging, has received the WorldStar Packaging Award for 2019. The product from Epple Druckfarben AG, Neusäß, won the award in the category “Packaging Materials & Components”. The World Star Packaging Award is presented by the WPO (World Packaging Organisation) and underlines the worldwide significance of a product for the printing industry.

“The WorldStar Packaging Award for BoFood® Organic both delights us and provides us with a lot of motivation. The excellence of the numerous international WorldStar-Competitors is a particular distinction for us. The selection of the jury demonstrates that inner side printing of packaging is in demand and that our low migration printing inks are absolutely future orientated for the global printing market”, according to Gunther Gerlach, Chairman of the Executive Board at Epple Druckfarben AG. Within their broad portfolio of sustainable solutions, BoFood Organic is a component of the BoFood Series, which is a complete package of migration harmless, coordinated Epple products for both the outer and inner side printing of primary foodstuff packaging, as well as a corresponding varnish effect.

Migration harmlessness convinced the Jury

BoFood Organic, as the winner of the German Packaging Prize for 2018, was already in the illustrious shortlist for the WorldStar Packaging Award. The 20 person international Jury had an extremely difficult task in Jinan, China. Within the time frame of one week, representatives from 20 packaging organisations and members of the WPO (World Packaging Organisation) investigated 319 entries from 35 countries. Prizes were awarded for branch specific packaging, among others, such as in the category of drinks and foodstuffs. In addition, prizes were awarded for performance in the sectors of POS, Transport or even “Packaging materials and components”. This is where

BoFood Organic was evaluated as an exceptional product. The Jury spoke as one: “In contrast to previously available inks with limited migration, BoFood Organic is composed exclusively of raw materials which are permitted in foodstuffs. This means that the inks present no toxicological risk; independent of whether they are determined for short or long term direct food contact. These inks are migration harmless”. The ceremonial presentation will take place at the WorldStar Packaging Award on May 15th, 2019 in Prague.

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