Petra Schumacher

Petra Schumacher

October 30, 2017

New managing director

With effect from 1 october 2017, Petra Schumacher took over the management of HANS KAPPL GmbH & Co. KG.

Born in Hamburg, she brings with her the experience she has gained in her earlier employment in management positions within the printing and packaging industry. She is a qualified platemaker for gravure print and has also extensive knowledge in the area of flexo, offset and digital print. Last, Petra Schumacher worked as head of the prepress and platemaking department for an international producer of flexible packaging.

BIRKAN GROUP booth at Drupa 2016

April 20, 2016

BIRKAN GROUP’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.

BIRKAN GROUP booth at FachPack 2015

October 2nd, 2015

HANS KAPPL makes a successful debut at FachPack

The first joint exhibit at the Nuremberg FachPack since BIRKAN and HANS KAPPL became partners proved to be extremely successful.

This was the first time that the two firms now operating under the umbrella of the BIRKAN GROUP had shared a booth at a trade show. FachPack, which was staged from September 29 to October 1, 2015, offered excellent conditions for this new collaboration. For one thing, the highly diversified packaging manufacturing and printing products in the companies’ respective portfolios complement each other perfectly. For another, the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre is situated more or less on HANS KAPPL’s doorstep. This is probably one reason why so many customers from the local region – plus a good few more from farther afield, of course – accepted the invitation to visit the BIRKAN GROUP’s maiden stand in the Centre’s modern, spacious Hall 7A.

The carefully planned concept for the trade fair provided a fitting framework: Each partner’s corporate design was visually integrated (Motto 1: "Diversity meets precision") and a strong spotlight was cast on core products. The joint exhibit was brought to life by a short, but cleverly designed, laser show above visitors’ heads, brand new printing plate samples to take away, a broad selection of packaging printing blankets and packaging samples – not just for looking at but also to feel – and last but not least a cheerful "mixed" crew representing both Upper Bavaria and Franconia.

The subject of the laser show, which could be clearly seen even from a distance, was laser engraved elastomer plates – one of the highlights of the product presentation (Motto 2: "On-the-dot solutions. Excellent flexo plates."). Interested visitors had a chance to see for themselves what amazing precision they achieve from a foil sample produced specially for FachPack as well as from various original plates.

The teams from both companies were able to report numerous new contacts and a lot of positive feedback from existing clients. They are already looking forward to joining forces again at Drupa 2016!

Foil roll sample FachPack 2015

Foil roll printed in flexo and manufactured with Laserline plates. Copies of this sample available on request (contact).

Directors Klein and Singer

January 2014

HANS KAPPL becomes a part of the BIRKAN Group

On 1 January 2014, HANS KAPPL KG was taken over by BIRKAN GmbH. The family owned company BIRKAN, founded in 1924 and located in South Bavaria, specializes originally in the conversion and sale of rubber blankets for offset printers, but branched out into laser engraved flexo plates in 2012. The acquisition of HANS KAPPL will allow BIRKAN to expand its prepress services and pave the way for the continuation of the strategic development in the flexographic business, while simultaneously securing the future of HANS KAPPL.

Together, both companies – united under the newly created BIRKAN GROUP – will cover the whole of the platemaking segment from polymer to elastomer, offering at the same time a broad range of printing blankets and varnishing plates.

Nothing will change as far as HANS KAPPL’s customers are concerned – all contacts and the corporate building will remain in Nuremberg. The only difference will be the new legal form: GmbH & Co. KG.