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Contiweb acquires WS Print to expand its integrated solutions offering

31 March 2022 Contiweb, a specialist manufacturer of drying and web-handling equipment and provider of integrated technical solutions for web offset printing, packaging and digital printing announced today that it has acquired WS Print GmbH & Co. KG. WS Print is the European market leader in manufacturing and distributing silicone emulsion, silicone oil and fountain solutions for the printing industry. With the acquisition of WS Print, Contiweb further broadens its product offering and continues the expansion of its integrated solutions offering. The companies will be even better placed to support their customers with reducing cost-to-print, lowering energy consumption, minimizing waste, increasing uptime and enhancing performance.

Founded in 1989, WS Print is an owner-managed family enterprise based in Schnaittach, Germany. The company has a long and proud history, characterized by product innovation, process automation, high quality products and strong personal relations with its customers.

Joost Smits, Contiweb CEO states, “Contiweb has acquired WS Print because of the strategic fit with our aftermarket and equipment business. By adding these high-quality consumables to the Contiweb product range, we are achieving our vision of transforming Contiweb into an integrated solutions provider. WS Print and Contiweb have a comparable focus on customer performance, technical expertise and operational excellence”.

Smits adds, “Pressroom chemicals are strategically attractive to us as there is a strong technical link with the equipment Contiweb supplies. Many Contiweb customers are already WS Print customers and we aim to strengthen these relations further. Integrating the technical expertise on equipment and on consumables will drive the development of new solutions that enable our customers to further reduce their cost-to-print and their environmental footprints”.

WS Print Owner/Managing Director, Alexander Auerbach-Spielberger, says, “This is an exciting proposition for our company. Whilst we will continue to operate independently under our own brand name in the market from the existing site in Schnaittach, joining forces with Contiweb allows us to reach more printing customers and integrate our products with the equipment of Contiweb. I believe that together with Contiweb we will reinforce our position and secure the long-term success for employees, customers and suppliers”.

Targeting the sheetfed offset market

WS print (Schnaittach) expands its special product range für the printing industry

The WS print GmbH & Co. KG has been headquartered in Schnaittach, Central Franconia, in Nürnberger Land since 1995. Until today, several extensions have provided für more and more production and storage capacities.

WS print is a inhabergeführtes family enterprise, which becomes of Alexander Auerbach Spielberger in second generation geführt The stepson of Firmengründers Wolfgang Spielberger studied in Germany and England with a focus on international management.

As an ISO-certified manufacturer of high-quality special products für The printing industry has been setting standards throughout Europe since 1989 and is regarded as a recognized partner of machine manufacturers, suppliers and Fogra.

Definitely for alcohol-free printing

Wälter in Dortmund uses alco down from WS print for alcohol-free printing

Managing Director Tobias Wälter defines the clientele of the printing company founded by his father in Dortmund as a colourful mix of industries. Customers from shipping, the insurance industry or branded goods manufacturers are the clients for the Color-Offset-Wälter printing and media centre. We are always striving for a cooperation based on partnership.

Two locations were merged in 2004 at Oberste-Wilms-Straße 18, specializing fully integrated in the 3B format for offset printing with up to five colours plus coating. Smaller formats as well as digital printing are handled in mutual order exchange with partner companies. This network works great.

World novelty with a big plus for the environment

fountain solution additive, powder and WetCloth from WS print in use at Seltersdruck

Printing technician Steffen Lehn has been a member of the Seltersdruck management team since 2005. Lehn's parents Gabriele and Alfons Lehn founded the company in 1981 in the Taunus town of Selters and over the years have continuously developed it to its current size through several extensions.

The print shop now has 28 permanent employees, is fully equipped and has set the course for further growth with the current construction of an additional 1,200 m2 production hall.

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