BIRKAN Company news

April 20, 2016

BIRKAN’s new diversity on show at Drupa

South German service provider and distributor with a new portfolio of offset printing blankets and flexographic plates under the motto “Diversity Meets Precision”

Geared up for the future and more diversified than ever – that’s the image BIRKAN will communicate of itself at the upcoming Drupa 2016. What began at the last Drupa trade fair with the introduction of direct laser engraving and the sale of flexible plates is meanwhile established as an integral part of the company’s product range. The high demand for laser engraved elastomer plates has created new target groups. BIRKAN has simultaneously increased its share in its core segment of the market – printing blankets.

Diversity meets precision
The portfolio is bigger today than at any time since BIRKAN was first founded more than ninety years ago: with laser engraved and photopolymer plates, elastomer sleeves, varnishing plates for a wide range of applications plus an array of offset printing blankets. The latter are shipped to more than a hundred countries worldwide. The company focuses on special niche applications, where individual know-how and unerring precision are vital. Amongst other things, the BIRKAN exhibit will cast a spotlight on UV printing, packaging printing, varnishing and banknote printing.

Opportunities for brainstorming
Mathias Klein, Managing Director of BIRKAN GmbH, is looking forward to some fascinating discussions with international customers and potential buyers: “Many visitors to our stand come to us with a very specific question or are seeking solutions to a highly specific problem. And we’re in a position to offer the right plate or the right blanket for just about any offset or flexo application.” All the samples on show will be not just for looking at but also to feel – and in a lot of cases to actually take away – with several interesting examples of what can be achieved in practice.

Redesigned corporate identity with a new look and content
BIRKAN – formerly specialised solely in printing blankets – has taken a giant leap forward since the last Drupa fair. The introduction of direct laser engraving, the entry into flexo and the acquisition of HANS KAPPL, a provider of repro services and printing plates, have proved to be strategic milestones in the Eching firm’s drive to gear up for the future. The two companies have operated under the umbrella of the new BIRKAN GROUP since 2014. Their respective facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art machinery that guarantees the very highest standards of production. BIRKAN’s new diversity at the Dusseldorf exhibition is more than simply content-related; it is also manifested in a rejuvenated corporate identity.

BIRKAN at Drupa: Hall 3, Stand A71


January 20, 2016

Award for tin can printed with Laserline CML

Nussbaum’s photorealistic rendering creates a holiday feeling

Laserline CML and Nussbaum SunsprayA prototype for a mini sun spray created by Nussbaum, the Swiss can printing specialist, placed particularly high demands on the ink transfer process: in addition to the "small print" in tiny fonts – some of them reverse types – the picture of a colourful, sun-soaked tropical beach was designed to conjure up that perfect holiday feeling. This was achieved, amongst other things, using Laserline CML, a printing plate specially developed for printing tin cans and tubes with a maximum theoretical resolution of 5080 dpi. The plates were manufactured by BIRKAN by direct laser engraving.

The idea, its execution and above all the photorealistic rendering have just been honoured with the World Aluminium Aerosol Can Award 2015. Congratulations from the BIRKAN team!


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