Zecher records 12% rise in sales


The SteppedHex engraving from Zecher
The SteppedHex engraving from Zecher

The 2016 fiscal year has been a highly successful period for the anilox-roller manufacturer Zecher GmbH (Paderborn, Germany), with sales of €22M representing a rise of 12% with respect to the previous year’s figure. This has included growth in all segments of the market.

“Thanks to our new sales concept, we have been able to react faster and more flexibly to the needs of our customers with more intensive local, on-site support. Our customers really appreciate these advantages over other manufacturers of anilox rollers, and are increasingly opting for our solutions in this respect”, says Thomas Reinking, Zecher’s sales director. The company’s core business in Germany is now being complemented by a growth in international turnover, thanks to sales through partner companies based abroad. An expanding sales network is allowing Zecher to open up new regional markets and create further growth for the company. No fewer than 60 different countries are currently being served by the company’s international partners.

A special highlight in 2016, SteppedHex engraving from Zecher has already attracted a lot of interest from various parts of the printing industry at this year’s Drupa event. The tried-and-tested SteppedHex technology developed by the company in-house is based on an application of the parameters of 60° engraving, while offering an alternative to it and additional benefits. SteppedHex engraving assists the printer with improved drainage of the anilox roller cells to deliver optimised printing results. Zecher's cell geometry, which incorporates a special offset pattern, is subject to the corresponding German registered-design and patent protection. This optimised drainage performance is said to achieve higher resolution and homogeneous ink-transfer, as well as making the anilox rollers easier to clean. Our anilox-roller engraving is suitable for all inking systems, while offering advantages that are likely to create cost-savings with respect to conventional engraving techniques.

Jörg Rohde, Zecher’s head of applications technology, is pleased at the response from the printing industry: “Sales of our SteppedHex anilox rollers have grown three-fold since the launch at last year’s Drupa show, and our customer feedback is consistently positive. As more and more printers are expressing their interest in the possible range of deployment of SteppedHex technology as an alternative to conventional hexagonal engraving, we expect this innovative technique to become a more firmly established part of the market.”