Company History




We make inks – since 1861

Established as Lack- und Firnisfabrik Engelhardt almost 160 years ago, Coates Screen Inks GmbH in Nuremberg has now been one of the global leaders in the development and production of screen and pad printing ink for almost 60 years.
The products became known under the former company name WIEDERHOLD.


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1861      Foundation of the varnish factory Engelhardt in Nuremberg, located at the Stadtpark

1922      Engelhardt is acquired by WIEDERHOLD Hilden

1965      Begins development and production of screen printing inks

1970     Begins development and production of pad printing inks

1975      ICI, a former British chemical company with headquarters in London, acquires WIEDERHOLD

1989     The printing ink group Coates Brothers PLC (then part of the Total Group) acquires the WIEDERHOLD screen printing division from ICI.

              Start of the planning phase of the new factory.

1995      New company name: Coates Screen Inks GmbH

1997     Relocation to the new factory in the Nuremberg-Eibach industrial zone

2000     Sun Chemical Corporation acquires the Coates Group from the French mineral oil company TOTAL.