Kesper Druckwalzen GmbH was founded in Hilden in 1875. In 1902 it moved to downtown Krefeld to the Friedrichsplatz and was registered on March, 21st 1910 in the Chamber of Commerce in Krefeld.
The production method of the rollers at that time was pure manual labour. Brass parts were driven into wooden rollers and printed from their surfaces. A worker needed up to 200 hours to produce such a roller. In the course of the post-war period, there was a change from hand-made to etched and milled rollers. Subsequently, the company switched to the modern laser process.
In 1979 the company moved to the Krefeld-Linn industrial estate. Today, Kesper Druckwalzen GmbH has three flexo engraving machines, two screen engravers from AKK and a press proof machine. The data is digitised with a 2D and 3D flatbed scanner from AKK GmbH. In the drawing department, clichés for flexo printing, screen printing, gravure printing and embossing are created. Printing stencils are produced in-house in the areas of flexographic printing, rotary screen printing and embossing. For gravure printing, we work together with long-standing partners. Kesper Druckwalzen GmbH has two competence centres. One studio is located in Krefeld, where the production of printing formes is also based. Another studio was opened in Steinen (southern Germany) in 2017. Their customer base stretches from Germany via Belgium and the Netherlands to England.
Walter Kesper (3rd generation)