Siegwerk, one of the leading global suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, has inaugurated its new Blending Centre in Dhaka.
“The Blending Center will not only allow us to be closer to our customers in the Bangladesh region but will also allow us to expand our offerings. We can now offer customised, individually formulated safe ink solutions through our latest blending technology,” Siegwerk Asia President Ashish Pradhan said at the virtual inaugural ceremony on Monday.
Spread over 65,000 sq ft, the centre will host customised solutions for the Bangladesh market. The state-of-the-art centre will generate direct and indirect employment for close to 50 people in Bangladesh. Siegwerk, through this centre, will significantly boost its domestic business in Bangladesh while enhancing its market leadership position across the Asian region.
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The centre will also reduce inventory costs to customers and allow Siegwerk to provide immediate technical support for local customers. Siegwerk is supplying printing ink in Bangladesh since the mid-‘90s.
Pradhan said Siegwerk used to supply inks from its plant in India until recently. The new centre is already commissioned and has completely taken over the supply of blended inks from February 2021. This facility will help us solve technical issues locally and provide additional technical support with less turnaround time.
“Our customers now have the advantage of receiving faster response to their technical issues and selecting custom-made solutions that match their printing requirements. The blending centre will supply Toluene free safe inks and is on par with global standards,” he said.
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However, the Blending Centre manufactures and supplies toluene-free inks, to ensure health and safety to consumers of packaged food. Toluene or any raw materials containing Toluene, won’t be used as intentionally added ingredients in this facility. The inks produced will be compliant with global regulatory and brand owner requirements to ensure products are safe for end-use packaging applications.
Siegwerk has a robust global production and service network and has offered customers consistently high-quality products for close to two centuries. As a supplier of high-quality printing inks and varnishes with a strong emphasis on customer service, Siegwerk has built long-term customer relationships with a high degree of trust and interaction.
The company is also conscious about sourcing environment-friendly and sustainable raw materials for its products. Siegwerk manufactures its basic colours and varnishes in a standardised process at the 15 dedicated Siegwerk - Centers of Excellence worldwide.
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The raw materials and intermediate products are as close to identical as possible, ensuring consistent product quality. With the addition of this center in Bangladesh, Siegwerk currently has more than 31 Blending Centres worldwide.
Siegwerk has been aware of the need for safe printing inks for packaging applications from the beginning and has made ink safety one of its guiding principles. Today, the company is a global leader in providing product safety guidance and has an expert team exclusively dedicated to this.
Siegwerk’s product safety guidance includes global regulatory compliance, brand owner requirements, and risk assessments. This ensures products are safe for end-use applications.
Siegwerk employs some 5,000 people worldwide in more than 30 country organisations and is headquartered in Siegburg near Cologne.