Doneck milestones

Within the space of 45 years, a small, one-man business, which boiled inks in the household kitchen, became one of the most prominent medium-sized providers of flexographic and gravure printing inks in the world. The journey has involved many important milestones and correct business decisions, which enabled the business to continuously progress into a corporate group. Join us as we take a look back, and discover the key stages of business development.

  • Hans Gerd Doneck takes the plunge into self-employment in his kitchen in Pluwig, where he boils the first "aniline inks".

  • The company moves to an industrial facility in Trier.

  • Hans Gerd Doneck sells his company to the Breitbach family.

  • The company develops and produces water-based flexographic and gravure printing inks.

  • Doneck Euroflex S.A. founded at the new location in Grevenmacher, Luxembourg. Arndt Breitbach takes over management.

  • Management system first certified under EN ISO 9001

  • Construction of a factory exclusively for water-based flexographic and gravure printing inks

  • First international branch established in France in the form of Doneck France S.a.r.l.

  • Doneck Iberica S.L.U. in Spain starts up production.

  • Doneck Pronat Kft. in Budapest is founded as a joint venture together with JKM Pronat Kft.

  • Management system further certified under DIN EN ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001

  • Doneck U.K. plant in England significantly extended in a larger building.

  • The main Luxembourg-based production plant for solvent-based inks is destroyed by fire on 6 August. The contingency plan and other branch locations ensure productivity continues. Limited production operations recommence as early as December.

  • Operations commence at Doneck Polska in Morawica

    Full start-up of solvent-based ink production.

  • Management system further certified for food safety/hygiene management (HACCP) under DIN EN ISO 22000

  • The production hall for solvent-based inks, which was destroyed by the fire, will be completely put back into operation again. The safety procedures have been newly structured and are unique in the printing ink industry. For instance, employees will now be equipped with personalised tracking systems.

  • Foundation and start of business of Doneck Sudamérica in Chile.

  • Foundation and start of business of Doneck Euroink S.R.L. in Italy

  • Foundation and start of business of Doneck DCM in Germany

  • Move Doneck Pronat Kft. to the new plant in Hungary

  • Start of Doneck USA with location in Lynchburg, Virginia.

  • EcoVadis Gold Standard for outstanding sustainability performances.