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Schawk Signs Gravure Cylinder Supply Agreement, Posts Sales Decline

May 5, 2011
DES PLAINES, IL—May 05, 2011—Schawk Inc., a leading provider of brand development and deployment services, announced it has executed a formal supply agreement with American Yuncheng Gravure Cylinder Inc. (AYGCI), located in Spartanburg, SC. AYGCI is the U.S. subsidiary of Yuncheng Plate Making Group Co., a leading manufacturer of gravure printing cylinders.

This strategic relationship and supplier agreement is expected to allow Schawk to expand its current gravure cylinder engraving capabilities in the North American region, thereby further enhancing its portfolio of brand development and deployment services.

Schawk COO A. Alex Sarkisian commented, “By forming an alliance with American Yuncheng, we are better-positioned to deliver expanded world-class gravure cylinder engraving services to our clients in North America while continuing to focus our internal capital investments into technology and leading edge modes of communication both domestically and internationally, particularly in developing and emerging regions.”

Sarkisian added, “We have been doing business in Asia since the late 1990s, and as part of the services we routinely perform for our clients, we were familiar with the high quality products and services provided by the Yuncheng Group. We look forward to doing business with American Yuncheng in North America and believe that this relationship will be beneficial not only for Schawk but for the overall market as well.”

“We are pleased to have entered into this agreement with Schawk,” said Wenchun Li, CEO of American Yuncheng. “Schawk is well known in its industry and has a reputation as a world-class provider of brand development and deployment services globally. I believe that combining Schawk's capabilities and excellence and Yuncheng’s world-class quality and efficiency will further elevate the quality of service and products delivered to the North American brand imaging market.”

2011 First-Quarter Results

Schawk’s net income in the first quarter of 2011 was $2.8 million vs. $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2010. On a non-GAAP basis, adjusting for financial impacts relating to foreign currency exposure and certain expenses as further detailed in this earnings release, adjusted net income was $4.2 million in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $4.5 million during the prior-year comparable period.

President and CEO David A. Schawk commented, “Our first quarter 2011 revenue reflected typical first-quarter softness relative to other quarters of the year coupled with continued cautionary spending by our consumer packaged goods clients reflecting their concern over elevated commodity prices. During this period of continued economic uncertainty, we continue to focus on managing our costs effectively and positioning our company for future growth, particularly in developing and emerging regions. In fact, we recently have seen success with certain of our CPG clients as they expand further into these global markets. Furthermore, we remain focused on expanding our diverse service offering across our client base and driving operational excellence throughout our organization.”
 

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