Druck Chemie Burnley UK Facility to Close

Ammerbuch, Germany 16th April, 2021.

DC Druck Chemie GmbH (Druck Chemie) has announced the closure of its Burnley UK subsidiary. The facility is expected to close by the end of May affecting six employees with several redundancies. The closure is the result of a global review of its sales operations.

To support Druck Chemie’s loyal customer base in the UK, Druck Chemie has entered into partnership with Graphichem, an independent manufacturer of premium pressroom chemicals and hygiene products based in Cheshire, England, who will stock and supply Druck Chemie products as well as its service tour and waste disposal services.

Mirko Kern, Managing Director, DC Druck Chemie GmbH:  “The UK market is very competitive and it obviously means we are forced to make difficult choices. Our focus now is on supporting our UK staff affected by the closure. I am delighted Graphichem, an established and respected manufacturer and supplier of sheetfed, heat set and flexographic products will stock our products and offer our customers the same high level of service Graphichem are renowned for”. 

On 11th December 2020, Druck Chemie announced it had acquired printing chemicals consumables manufacturers BluePrint Products NV and Hi-Tech Chemicals BV from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. The acquisition included the Kruibeke, Belgium based production facility which produces high-quality printing chemicals consumables for flexographic, digital and offset printing to the packaging and commercial markets. The combined businesses are expected to generate circa. €90m of annual revenues going forward.

Druck Chemie Headquarters, Ammerbuch, Germany.

Graphichem, Nantwich, Cheshire UK will supply and support Druck Chemie UK customers following the closure of the Burnley facility.

About Druck Chemie
The DC Druck Chemie group is a manufacturer and supplier of speciality chemicals, consumables and support services for the printing and graphic arts industries. Druck Chemie was founded in 1971 in Ammerbuch, near Stuttgart, with eight products, two employees and one lorry. Today Druck Chemie has facilities in 10 European locations as well as Brazil and Mexico, offering over 4,000 different products to more than 7,000 customers. In November 2014, Druck Chemie was acquired by Langley Holdings plc, a British-owned multi-disciplined engineering concern serving a diverse range of markets worldwide.  

About Graphichem
Graphichem is an independent manufacturer of premium pressroom chemicals and hygiene products. The Graphichem facility is a bespoke centre of excellence for chemical manufacturing. Benefiting from a full hazardous chemical storage license, it features the latest raw material bulk tank storage, blending, filling and storage processes. Deliveries are made using their own dedicated fleet, using trained and qualified Haz Chem / ADR trucks and drivers.