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Siegwerk opens new automated production facility for inks


December 16, 2019
By PrintAction Staff
L to R: Georg Keller, Dr. Jan Breitkopf (President EMEA), Herbert Forker (CEO Siegwerk), Alfred Keller (Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Siegwerk) and Franz Huhn (Mayor of Siegburg).

Siegwerk, a global provider of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, has opened a new fully automated facility for the production of customer inks at its headquarters in Siegburg. With this commissioning, the new Blending Center is now the largest fully automated production facility for printing inks in Europe, the company explains.

“The opening of this facility is an unparalleled milestone for us. It is a key component in our global production network a big step forward,” says Herbert Forker, CEO at Siegwerk, in his opening speech. “The topics of digitization and automation play a key role. We must also consider, at different levels, which opportunities we take, the direction in which we want to develop and where exactly we want to invest. The new system is one of the responses to this.”

A trial operation of the new Blending Center is already successfully underway and it will soon be running at full capacity.

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Siegwerk explains the new facility complies with all current legal requirements and is designed to deliver consistent product quality through highly reliable, standardized processes, in addition to solid delivery performance with expanded capacities. Compared to the previous production setup, the new process is “even more efficient and transparent,” it notes, increasing the site’s productivity.

“With the new blending facility, we are automating our production of customer inks, in order to be able to meet the growing demand for consistent and high quality more easily,” Forker says.