GERMANY – Suddekor's European decorative printing operations will move to the SURTECO facility in Buttenwiesen-Pfaffenhofen, Germany, enabling the company to "bundle" its competencies in one location. Suddekor has been part of the SURTECO Group since the end of 2013.

The move includes Suddekor's plant I operations in Laichingen, Germany, including its lab. SURTECO'S Management Board the varnishing (film) business segment belonging to Süddekor GmbH, plant II, will remain in Laichingen.

"After having standardized the sales structures following the takeover of Süddekor, the focus is now on optimizing our production network," said Friedhelm Päfgen, a member of SURTECO's Management Board. "By doing so, we intend to strengthen our competitiveness over the long term and position ourselves in a more performance-oriented way with regard to our customers. The goal is to develop Europe's most modern and effective decorative printing location in Buttenwiesen."

Suddekor also has operations in North America, including a printing and sales facility located in Agawam, MA.

In related news, effective June 30, Dr. Jürgen Dambrowski and Dr. Steffen Griffel, the two members of SGE Papier's management team, now within the SURTECO Group, will be leaving the company.