HANS KAPPL – platemaking is our tradition

Established more than eighty years ago, HANS KAPPL is one of Germany's premier flexo plate manufacturers


From stamp factory to high-tech producer of flexo plates

Hans Kappl, founderBack in May 1933 Hans Kappl, a merchant by trade, founded a factory for rubber stamps in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg. Following his death in 1959, Georg and Cilli Singer took over the helm as the firm's authorised signatories. Ownership of the company was officially transferred to them in 1965 and it was during their period in charge that the product range was extended to include rubber plates.

Their son Johannes Singer joined the management board in 1983 and immediately addressed himself to realigning the entire business strategy. Amongst other things, he replaced lead with photo in the typesetting department, set up a repro division and introduced photopolymer flexo plates, which today are one of the HANS KAPPL's core pillars.


Modern production facility, new family

In 1990, HANS KAPPL KG moved into new premises in Willstätterstrasse. Extensive investments in the latest generation of machinery meant that by 2004 additional production space had become unavoidable. The company continues to invest a considerable proportion of its revenue in new technologies.

In 2014, HANS KAPPL teamed up with BIRKAN GmbH, specialised in rubber blanket conversion and direct laser engraving, under the umbrella of the BIRKAN GROUP. Their combined portfolio comprises polymer and elastomer flexo plates of all kinds – manufactured either digitally or by laser gravure – as well as rubber blankets, varnish plates and other selected consumables.

Highly specialised and totally flexible – that's HANS KAPPL

Regardless of whether you print on film, corrugated cardboard, tissue paper or labels, HANS KAPPL is a competent partner for any flexo printer. If it's offset printing you need, we have a wide range of varnish plates that can be plotted, stripped or laser engraved. Please don't hesitate to ask for advice on the product that is best suited for your requirements.

We regularly develop compelling new solutions – fast, flexibly and working as a team with our customers. You profit from advanced technology, the rich know-how of our experienced staff and a broad array of prepress and repro services. We take pride in the seasoned, enduring partnerships that are the bedrock of our customer relationships.

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