Buyers' Guide: Gravure Related Services

Matthews International

FROST Converting Systems, Inc., based in Burlington, North Carolina, is a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance rotary dies for embossing, creasing and cutting of paperboard packaging and other web-fed materials.

In November 2018, FROST joined Matthews International, a global provider of brand solutions, memorialization products and industrial automation solutions. FROST now works closely together with SAUERESSIG UNGRICHT as part of Matthews' SGK Brand Solutions Segment, a leader in the delivery of brand development, activation and deployment services that help build clients' brands and consumers' desire.

FROST was founded in 2004 and today, with more than 50 employees, services brand owners and converting customers in more than 20 countries around the world. 

Acme Engraving Company, Inc.
19-37 Delaware Avenue
Passaic, NJ  07055  USA
P:  973-778-0885
F:  973-778-1790
E:  [email protected]
Founded in 1952 and incorporated in 1976, Acme Engraving has been serving the printing industry for over Fifty years and operates as a second generation owned and operated company.  We provide a complete engraving service offering the finest quality, on time delivery, technical service and customer support in the industry.  Rotogravure for Packaging, Gift wrap, Decorative and Specialty Industries.  Acme produces high quality, electromechanically engraved copper cylinders.

Atotech USA, Inc.
1750 Overview Drive
Rock Hill, SC  29730
P: 803-817-3500
F: 803-817-3551
Atotech is one of the world’s largest suppliers of electroplating solutions for various applications in the area of GMF (general metal finishing), PCB (Printed circuit board) and semiconductor wafer industries.  In order to provide the highest level of quality, Atotech has developed groundbreaking process innovations for rotogravure copper and hard chrome plating.
Rotogravure Copper
Atotech’s alkaline copper process Copperlume CNF 103 represents an environmentally responsible solution for the initial flash copper plating. Free of cyanide and strong chelating agents, Copperlume CNF 103 provides improved throwing power in low current density areas, producing fine grained, smooth, dense and ductile deposits. As a second step, CuFlex® 401 / 402 or the chloride-free CuFlex® 663 acid copper processes are used to produce leveled copper deposits with uniform hardness and grain structure over the entire length of the printing cylinder. Both processes are designed for high-speed plating machines and meet the requirements for electronic engraving in multi-station operations.
Rotogravure Chrome
GravurChrome® is the latest milestone in hard chrome plating for rotogravure applications. Working with Atotech’s new Trivalent Chrome Control (T.C.C.) technology, GravurChrome® considerably improves the performance of systems running with platinized titanium (Pt / Ti) anodes by reducing and controlling Cr(III) build-up in the plating solution. This results in improved bath conductivity, higher deposit quality and better reproducibility. Electricity consumption is also reduced, allowing for savings on power costs.
Non-PFOS Mist Suppressants
In line with its commitment to sustainability, Atotech also offers the non-PFOS mist suppressant Fumetrol® 21 LF. By decreasing surface tension and therefore mist emission during rotogravure chrome plating, Fumetrol® 21 LF improves cylinder wetting, reduces solution drag-out and allows for cleaner equipment.
Capitol Gravure Industries Pte. Ltd.
11 Tampines St. 92
Tampines Industrial Park A, #02-07
Trivec Center, Singapore 529972
P: 01-65-6787-7275
F: 01-65-6787-8797
E: [email protected]
Capitol Gravure specializes in the manufacturing of steel and aluminum gravure cylinders and gravure sleeves for the trade, as well as embossing cylinders and various types of rollers. Capitol is the preferred vendor for Philip Morris International.

Chema Technology, Inc.
21860 Watertown Rd.
Waukesha, WI 53186
P: 262-797-6557
F: 262-797-6559
E: [email protected]
Chema Technology provides a full line of prepress products, including our Powersonic© Unit and patented DisCoP (dissolvable copper plating) Technology (Patent 6,547,936B1; 6,929,723B2; 7,556,722B2), plus all chemicals for the Plating, Correction and Engraving Departments (electroless plating chemicals for polymer cylinders), microscopes for the engraving department, grinding and polishing stones, lapping films, chromic acid with catalyst, automated Titration Systems, along with customized spare parts for European and U.S. made equipment. Consulting, service, and troubleshooting are our specialties. In addition, we are now distributing new rotogravure cylinders from the Bolz, GSB, and Reize GmbH organizations following their recent integration into a single entity in Germany. Finally, we distribute the full line of products from Heimann Company in Germany that includes cell measuring devices, chemicals, and diamonds. Pile Turners for sheet presses (Rachner), Cylinder Storage, Transport System and automation (Horstmann) and a complete line of palletizers including stackers, bundle organizers, and combi turn tables (Segbert).

ClearView Logistics Inc.
15008 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
P: 313-228-4043
F: 313-331-2975
E: [email protected]
ClearView Logistics specializes in print media logistics, whether you need delivery to the 5,000 local community newspapers in the U.S., the 112 largest metro newspapers, or “last mile” delivery services coordinated through companies such as Circserv, Clark Distribution, Distributech, DominionDistribution Service, or National Mailing Service.
ClearView provides freight management expertise for your most complex delivery requirements; to ensure complete customer satisfaction, we provide real-time visibility to all your deliveries via our secure web-based interface. Fully 95% of ClearView Logistics customers have recommended us to their business associates; log on to our website and click “Transparency in Transportation” for their testimonials.
Color-Logic Inc.
8216 Princeton-Glendale Road, Suite 248
West Chester, OH  45069 USA
P: 513-258-0047
F: 937-424-9607
E: [email protected]
Developed for brand managers, product managers, corporations and agencies, the Process Metallic Color System gives its adopters the ability to differentiate themselves and clients from the competition by simplifying designs and print production process and implementing eye-catching decorative effects into their branded products and associated collateral.
Key Benefits:
* Reduces time to market; we take the guesswork out of designing and printing with metallics for Brands.
* Education, Training and Software for designers to create decorative effects & metallic colors in print.
* Printers and converters can execute Color-Logic files on their current presses.
* Compatible with current and future decorative substrates, inks and coatings.

Fibercore Onsite Paper Services
4478 Old Manchester Highway
Tullahoma, TN 37388
P: 888-736-3600 (24 HOUR / 7 DAY SERVICE)
Emergency:  931-703-1427
E: [email protected]
Fibercore Onsite Paper Services provides a mobile service that converts rolls of paper to new widths at the customer’s location in North America, Canada and Europe. We do this without rewinding so mill quality is maintained. We also offer cost effective recycling equipment for separating white waste from the core and chopping the core into recyclable pieces. For those needing the rolls to be repackaged we provide a mobile wrapping service that creates tight, mill-quality wrapped rolls for multi-pack rolls to any width. International licensing and joint venture opportunities are available.

8531 Crown Crescent Ct.
Charlotte, NC 28227
P: 704-844-2434
F: 704-844-2437
E: [email protected]
FLXON works with rotogravure printers to find sustainable process control and process improvement solutions. These solutions include the new G2™ Ink Management System, which is proven to eliminate print defects such as streaks, haze, fog, splashing, and blade end edge breaks, which often result in mid-run press stops. Work off inks, doctor blades, and solvent consumption can be reduced by 50%, and investment returns can be reported in as little as 90 days. Contact us today for a free Project Cost Estimate.


Futec America Inc.

 827 Highway 74 South, Suite 203
Peachtree City, GA 30269
P: 770-461-0548
F: 770461-0558
E: [email protected]
We develop, design, manufactures and sell various inspection systems (web & sheet surface inspection unit, printed surface inspection unit, thickness profiling unit, color verification unit) making full use of hardware and software technologies, as well as optical electronics technology. We have developed the QC inline system, linked to the production factory network, and provided a system which contributes to quality control and improved productivity. We were awarded the "Development of automatic machine for medium and small-sized enterprises prize" in 1991. We were awarded the "Ashihara prize" in 1995, which is given to those distinguished companies. In 2006, we are selected by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) one of the “300 Energetic Manufacturing Small-Medium Enterprises”. As symbolized by the company name FUTEC (Future & Technology), we will constantly take challenge to innovate with flexible thinking and technological development. We have introduced our products into market all over Japan, as well as overseas markets to expand globally.

Graphische Technik und Handel Heimann GmbH
Pferdekamp 9
59075 Hamm, Germany
P: +49 (0)2381 97216-0
F: +49 (0)2381 97216-2
E: [email protected]
As a medium-sized family business, Heimann has been a competent supplier for the printing and graphic industry for over 40 years.  Specialized on rotogravure printing and flexo printing, we supply interdisciplinary to offset and digital printing high-quality Accessories and Service from prepress to binding and finishing.
In close cooperation with international leading printing companies, we are home to the world.  Thanks to a direct access to technology transfer of the printing industry, we offer tailored process solutions and comprehensive advice from one source.
We support our customers to optimize production processes with innovative products efficiently and sustainably – and this with the best ROI.
In our medium-sized enterprises tradition we stand for trust, loyalty and reliability, and enjoy an excellent international reputation.

Group360 Worldwide
1307 Washington Ave., Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63103
P: 314-260-6360
F: 314-255-2830
Group360 is a strategic, creative, and execution company providing a globally integrated suite of services to aid our clients and their brands in going to market quickly, efficiently, and with consistent high quality. We specialize in the following services: creative, photography, premedia, digital asset management, retail marketing, and tradeshow and event management. The variety of markets we serve includes catalog, retail, consumer package goods, consumer hard goods, and pharmaceuticals.

Group O
4905 77th Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
P: 800.752.0730
P: 309.736.8100
Group O marketing solutions offers a full range of relevant loyalty and incentive programs; the O2   technology platform for high volume, personalized print and direct marketing messages; and efficient consumer and trade fulfillment services.

Inofyta Industrial Zone
Inofyta 32011, Greece
P: +(30) 22620-32484
F: +(30) 22620-31874
[email protected]
ICR-Ioannou is a major engraver of rotogravure cylinders and flexo plates in Greece. The policy of total quality is applied to the final product, to the customer service but also to the investment in new technologies and human potential. We adapt our know-how according to the customers’ wishes and our aim is pointing out the characteristics that will make the final product become distinguished. We act in such a way that the high quality of our services is accompanied by a reasonable price. A new product on the market during 2010 is Aluminum based Light Weight Cylinders for easier handling for printers and lower transportation costs.
J H Pasquale Consulting
15495 Short Road
Danville, IL  61834
P: 217-304-5074
F: 217-431-3791
E: [email protected]
We specialize in the service of older D.C. Press Drives, Register Controls, and Electrosist equipment.  We buy, sell and refurbish electronic equipment for the gravure and newspaper industry.  We also manufacture an economical liquid level sensor to monitor ink levels.  We have a large inventory of obsolete replacement parts.  We do In-House P.C. Board Repairs along with Field Repairs.  We have over 30 years of experience in the publication and packaging gravure industry.




K. Walter Service Corporation
2185 Highway 292
Inman, SC 29349
P: 864-472-0334
F: 864-472-0338
E: [email protected]
Having merged our efforts in 2009, we are now part of the world’s leading integrated supplier for total process solutions in gravure, from individual equipment systems and their supplies to complete plant automation and support, including Nugget-less Plating being installed in Europe and the United States.
Featured are the full line of K. Walter and Daetwyler Graphics equipment for plating and finishing, as well as HELL, Daetwyler Graphics, Schepers, and Daetwyler R&D engraving machines. In addition, we offer a complete line of consumables for plating such as Duro-Chlor high-speed copper additive, Copper Strike Solution, Special Copper Nuggets, etc. Our automation branch, Bauer Logistics, enables us to provide world-renowned cylinder storage and transportation equipment. Let K.Walter Service Corporation help you put the pieces of the gravure puzzle together.



Keating Specialist Cylinders Limited
Unit 58, Third Avenue
Deeside Industrial Park
Deeside, CH5 2LA, UK
P: 00441244559010
F: 00441244280107
E: [email protected]
We are a customer focused organization, who will work with you to achieve your print requirements.
We supply cylinders to the flexible packaging, tobacco, labeling, decorative, security and coatings markets.
Through our innovation and development programmers, we produce cylinders with resolutions as high as 700 lines/cm. At these resolutions, micro-text, overt and covert security features and micro-embossing are achieved.
With our ability to produce cylinders with resolutions as coarse as 5 lines/cm, tactile, glitters, color change and high coating weights can also be achieved.
Our latest developments have allowed us to produce embossing cylinders up to 400 microns in depth.

MCP Company, Inc.
2320 North 11th Street
Milwaukee, WI  53206
P: 414-374-5660
F: 414-374-4037
E: [email protected]
MCP Company has been located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 1946.  We are a complete Rotogravure cylinder engraving facility.  We have placed great emphasis on our ability to deliver quality finished products on time, therefore meeting and exceeding the demands of our customers.
Our Rotogravure services include Cold seal for flexographic applications, print cylinder engravings, coating cylinders, cylinder strip and re-chrome, copper plating, chrome plating, polishmaster finish and gem polish.  We also provide on press composite proofing on supplied customer stock.  We can manufacture most sizes of cylinders up to 80”.  We have produced engravings for all types of packaging and label brands.  We work very closely with our customers to ensure the best possible results.

N.J. Motivala
B-32, Hastiraj, B. Vashi Rd.
Vile Parle (W)
Mumbai, 400 056 India
P: 0091-22-26707117
E: [email protected]
The company offers services such as buying/selling, appraisal, reconditioning, and installation of used rotogravure/flexo printing machines, as well as products, i.e. laminating machines, metallizers, slitters, plastic film extrusion, and special-purpose plants and machine.



Pamarco Global Graphics
1 Roto Avenue
Palmyra, NJ  08065
P: 856-829-4585
F: 856-829-0246
E: [email protected]
Pamarco Global Graphics is the industry leader in supplying Large-Format electronically engraved cylinders to specialty printers.  We typically engrave rolls from 1” in face length to 240” in face length.  We make shallow depth (0.005”) electronic branding and embossing rolls for specialty applications, and we make flat plate engravings for ink-rooms and printers.  Our Embossing division in Roselle, NJ has the ability to provide matched roll sets of traditional embossing cylinders with bearings and gears mounted, ready to install.  We have over 200,000 patterns in stock to cost-effectively meet your design specifications.
Pamarco recently added base roll manufacturing capability in Walton, KY.  Featuring a large library of blueprints, and capacity from 10” face length to 230” face length, Pamarco will now have the ability to manufacture custom single roll orders, as well as large multiple cylinder gravure, anilox, emboss and air mandrels and rubber roll cores, all utilizing the latest in CNC machining centers.

22 West Church St.
Blackwood, NJ 08012
P: 856-401-3095
F: 856-401-1484
E: [email protected]
Offering precision roller alignment service, provided by Pruftechnik, using the PARALIGN System. PARALIGN is the world’s only ring laser gyroscope instrument for measuring roll alignment.
Our advantages over optical and laser alignment includes the ability to measure complete machines, up to 10 times faster, without the need for a line-of-sight to the rolls or reference points. Complete machines are measured in hours, as opposed to days or weeks with other alignment methods. Instant alignment reports allow rolls to be adjusted on the spot, while other areas of the machine are being serviced.
All types of web handling equipment including paper machine, pulp dryers, corrugators, printing, converting, film, and metal processing lines are efficiently measured.
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RotaDyne Decorative Technologies Group
1270 Hillsmith Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45215
P: 513-771-6300
F: 513-771-3112
[email protected]
RotaDyne Decorative Technologies Group, a division of the Rotation Dynamics Corporation, provides turnkey design, prepress, and engraving services to a diverse customer base in the gravure industry. From three U.S. production facilities, RotaDyne DTG’s capabilities include: laser and mechanical engraving for print, embossing and coating cylinders and sleeves; copper and chrome plating; proofing and cylinder repair. Rotation Dynamics Corporation is a worldwide manufacturer of rollers for the converting industry.
Products include rollers with rubber or polyurethane covering; brush rollers, demountable composite sleeves and mandrels; electrostatic assist systems; static discharge units; web cleaning systems; rubber/polyurethane cutting bars; and nip wheels.

ROTHTEC Engraving Corporation
699 Tarkiln Hill Rd.
New Bedford, MA 02745-0002
P: 508-995-4601
F: 508-995-1261
E: [email protected]
Company activities extend beyond the core business of engraving rotary and galvano screens for the textile printing industry, to the manufacture of sleeves of nickel and nickel-copper for the gravure industry. We also provide complex electroformed nickel screens, nickel sleeves, and other hybrids of cylindrical forms for process applications, including the production, forming, finishing, coating, laminating, and embossing of woven, knitted, and nonwoven fabric, plastic film, foil, food, labels, packaging, and paper. TEC-Print is the trade name for all ROTHTEC® engraved rotary and galvano screens for printing, coating, and laminating.

Schawk, Inc.
1695 River Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
P: 847-827-9494
F: 847-827-1264
E: [email protected]
In the category of brand point management, Schawk offers a global portfolio of strategic, creative, and execution capabilities. The company, which operates 60 offices around the world, is a recognized leader providing premium prepress services to consumer packaging, point-of-purchase/point-of-sale, and advertising markets.

Schawk Milwaukee
2650 S. 166th St.
New Berlin, WI 53151
P: 262-786-2330
F: 262-786-4507
E: [email protected]
Schawk Milwaukee, a division of Schawk, Inc., supplies prepress services to gravure packaging and specialty printers throughout North America. We also supply flexographic and offset films or digital files to packaging converters for a variety of major consumer products companies. We provide high-speed copper- and chrome-plating services to packaging and publication gravure printers. We engrave gravure cylinders with high-speed electronic engraving heads supported by a direct PostScript digital workflow.
Sensor Products Inc.
300 Madison Ave.
Madison, NJ 07940 USA
Tel: 1-973-884-1755 ext. 5009
Fax: 1-973-884-1699
[email protected]
Sensor Products Inc. is a world leader in manufacturing and distribution of tactile pressure indicating sensor solutions. Our diverse products are used in printing, converting, and pulp & paper making. Pressurex® sensor film reveals nip and roll contact pressure magnitude and distribution and ensures parallelism between nipped rolls.  DigiNip® is a portable roller alignment instrument that allows users to quickly and accurately record the spot nip (contact point between rollers). The Auto-NIS® imager enables the interpretation and analysis of nip impression films and ascertains proper roller crowning and parallelism.

Siemens Energy & Automation
5300 Triangle Parkway
Suite 100
Norcross, GA 30092
P: 770-871-3882
E: [email protected]
Siemens offers the complete line of electrical products and services for your next press retrofit or installation. Whether you’re looking at the whole press or just the rollstand, Siemens can help you reach your goals.

Southern Graphic Systems LLC
626 W. Main St., Suite 500
Louisville, KY 40209
P: 502-637-5443
F: 502-634-5298
E: [email protected]
Southern Graphic Systems provides digital communications, asset management services, and gravure, flexo, and offset image carriers and separations. SGS, founded in 1946 as a gravure cylinder engraver, now offers a full range of “Design-2-Print” services and technology to consumer product markets, which are supported by 43 global locations. Current services include onsite project management and consulting, brand design services and brand visual continuity, conceptual design and production art development, and lean business solutions.

Standex Engraving LLC
5901 Lewis Road 
Sandston, VA  23150-2413
P: 804-222-2821
F: 804-226-3462
E: [email protected]
Standex Engraving LLC is a manufacturer of custom-designed rotary embossing equipment compatible with all types of gravure presses, as well as complete off-line systems, and is a supplier of engraved rolls for embossing many types of web-fed substrates.  As part of the worldwide Standex Engraving Group, Standex Engraving LLC has access to the world’s largest pattern library.  Standex also supplies gravure cylinders for the flooring industry.  Standex Engraving offers the synergy of old world craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology and with five different engraving formats;  Standex has the solution for most engraving requirements.



Stork Prints America Inc.
3201 Rotary Drive
Charlotte, NC 28269
P: 704-598-7171
F: 704-596-0858
E: [email protected]
Stork Prints’ experts in electroforming, proudly introduce nickel sleeves system revolutionizing the gravure print industry. Winner of the PLGA Global award for EcoSleeve System in September of 2012. EcoSleeve System, the most efficient, economical, environmentally sustainable and operator friendly alternative for heavy mandrels in gravure printing. Producing Nickel sleeves since 1989 enabling fast change-over times and higher press uptime. Areas of expertise include labels, flexible packaging, industrial and wallcovering.

TEKLYNX International
409 E. Silver Spring Drive, Ste. U12
Whitefish Bay, WI  53217
P: 414-837-4800
F: 414-837-4801
E: [email protected]
TEKLYNX International is the leading software developer of AIDC products, including software for label design, host connectivity, and data collection. Its software products feature the widest range of device and driver support in the industry. TEKLYNX is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Oracle Gold Partner and has connectivity relationships with multiple Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software providers. More than 600,000 companies in 120 countries rely on its integrated software solutions for supply chain automation, warehouse management, shipping and receiving, inventory control and asset management. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, with operations in the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore. More information on TEKLYNX International is available at

Trident Americas
12000 Vance Davis Drive
Charlotte, NC  28269
P: 704-875-2685
C: 732-673-8395
E: [email protected]
Trident is a supplier of brand management and graphic solutions to CPG and print customers worldwide.  With locations throughout the world, we provide rotogravure tooling through our fully automated manufacturing locations in North America.  We combine unique state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and innovative software solutions to deliver a consistent high quality and affordable gravure cylinder.

Wiley & Wilson, Inc.
2310 Langhorne Rd.
Lynchburg, VA 24501-1547
P: 434-947-1901
E: [email protected]
The company offers full-service design and construction phase services, specializing in printing plants. Capabilities include building projects, equipment installation, process layout and design, environmental infrastructure, master planning, renovations, expansions, and commissioning.
533 Banner Ave.
Greensboro, NC 27401
P: 336-275-9821
F: 336-275-1799
E: [email protected]
WRE/ColorTech is a full-service digital prepress and gravure engraving supplier with more than 50 years of quality service to the printing industry. It has five established facilities strategically located to provide the best possible service for all of North America. Call us to see how we may help you maximize opportunities from your graphics, printing, and converting challenges.

Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.
13901 Sutton Park Dr. South,
Suite C-270
Jacksonville, FL 32224
P: 800-874-3315
Yusen Logistics delivers fully integrated logistics solutions tailored to the needs of our customers and is now recognized as one of the leading logistics providers in the market. Our diverse range of logistics services include warehousing and distribution, freight forwarding, international network solutions, supply chain consulting, and IT solutions.