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Siegwerk, Agfa Graphics collaborate for UV digital packaging inks

PKBR Staff Writer Published 02 March 2018

Printing inks manufacturer Siegwerk has collaborated with prepress offset and inkjet print solutions supplier Agfa Graphics for UV digital packaging inks.

The deal includes business transfer from Agfa Graphics to Siegwerk, featuring selected OEM customer list, access to know-how, intellectual property and services in the domain of UV curable digital inkjet inks for the single pass packaging and labels industry.

Agfa will continue to produce inks on behalf of Siegwerk for several months to ensure better services for the customers.

Once the transition is completed, Siegwerk will produce the new inks and varnishes as per the quality and safety standards at its own inkjet manufacturing center in Annemasse, France.

The company will also market its new UV inkjet portfolio to the customers across the globe.

Agfa industrial inkjet director Tom Cloots said: “Packaging and label printers are increasingly attracted by the performance and quality of the Agfa inks that are used in a wide variety of printing systems. 

“With this deal, we allow Siegwerk to extensively leverage on our strong network with OEM print head and equipment manufacturers as well as on our know-how and intellectual property in the domain of UV curable digital inks for packaging.”

Siegwerk inkjet business unit director Matthieu Carni said: “With this deal we are bridging the best of two worlds. While we will continue to rely on Agfa’s existing strong collaboration with OEMs and print head manufacturers, we will be able to offer our packaging market access and application know-how to these new partners.”

In December 2017, Siegwerk agreed to acquire Brazilian ink manufacturer Tupahue Tintas, which provides flexo and gravure printing inks and varnishes for the local customers.

Agfa-Gevaert Group is engaged in the development, manufacturing and distribution of analogue and digital imaging systems and IT solutions for the printing industry and healthcare industries.

The group’s solutions can also be used in specific industrial applications.


Image: Agfa Graphics and Siegwerk have signed a deal for UV curable digital inkjet inks for single pass packaging and labels industry. Photo: courtesy of Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA.