the best.

Water-based printing inks
for the highest standards.

ARCOLOR develops innovative and tailor-made products for common printing processes and digital printing.

We are experts in water-based printing inks, varnishes and other auxiliaries/additives for decors, packaging, wallpaper, films and other applications.

We are a global market leader in the field of decor printing inks.

As a development partner for our customers and machine builders, we constantly work together to develop new solutions for future market and customer needs.

Our history:

1996Company founded in Waldstatt in the canton of Appenzell AR, Switzerland
2007Acquisition of a new building in Waldstatt with state-of-the-art production facilities, laboratories and offices
2011Arcolor Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. founded in China
2019Quzhou Arcolor New Material Co., Ltd. founded in China with its own production facilities
2020Completion of the new extension for production, laboratories and offices in Waldstatt
2023Start of construction for the 20'000 m² plant in Quzhou, China

Corporate Policy
Code of Conduct

ARCOLOR - ISO 9001 / 14001 / 45001 Zertifikat

Ready for excellence.

ARCOLOR is a success-oriented company and invests continuously in its employees. We consciously promote individual self-responsibility because the performance of each individual is one of the most important contributions to the success of ARCOLOR. Teamwork is of great importance: By working with each other and with mutual respect, the best possible solutions are produced with passion.

That’s why ARCOLOR is synonymous with:

  • Competent partnership in all technical and commercial matters
  • Focus on solutions for customer-specific challenges
  • High and constant quality
  • Maximum delivery performance

We are proud that we put our philosophy into practice every single day: Through innovation, customer service and quality, but also through sustainability and close relationship to our partners.

ARCOLOR has been recognized several times as a SWISS TOP EMPLOYER.

ARCOLOR - Swiss Arbeitgeber Award 2017 - Kategorie 50-99 Mitarbeitende ARCOLOR - Swiss Arbeitgeber Award 2019 - Kategorie 50-99 Mitarbeitende ARCOLOR - Swiss Arbeitgeber Award 2021

For the world of tomorrow.

In recognition of our environmental responsibility, we produce as environmentally friendly as we do economically. The ecological ARCOLOR inks are water-based, practically solvent-free and contain, where possible, the natural substance casein, which is found in milk, as a binding agent. Our production processes are highly automated and optimized for high energy recovery.

Thanks to ever increasing environmental awareness, the need for water-based inks as a replacement for solvent-based systems is growing all the time.
In this area, ARCOLOR sees itself as a pioneer of sustainable economic development.

Our production has been CO2-neutral since 2016. Our photovoltaic system covers a part of our energy requirements. We compensate for the rest of the energy required by supporting a project run by the Swiss SME Clima Foundation. This includes afforestation of a fallow area in Uruguay.

ARCOLOR KMU Clima Certificate Certificate

State-of-the-art technologies and maximum quality.

Thanks to ongoing investments in the very latest technologies, ARCOLOR’s production facilities and laboratories are always state-of-the-art. Our close partnerships with technology leaders not only enable a high degree of automation with maximum quality, but also continuous access to the very latest technologies. For example, we use the most advanced measurement techniques from the fields of rheology and color metrics to ensure the quality of the inks.

In order to be able to act quickly and in a targeted manner, we attach great importance to internal communication with people at the center. Ergonomic operator solutions ensure good interaction between people and technology. The production processes are geared toward our employees. They control and monitor the processes with a high degree of self-responsibility and are responsible for the quality of our products.

From the Swiss Appenzellerland
to the whole world.

We are particularly proud of the production site in Waldstatt in the picturesque Appenzellerland of Switzerland. We are very passionate about Swiss quality and innovation. We produce our products in line with the highest quality, ecological and ergonomic standards. Our company is characterized by comprehensive know-how and great flexibility in production. Continuous investments and further development have made us one of the world’s largest manufacturers of water-based printing inks. Innovative solutions for future market needs and requirements continue to inspire us.

Export from the rural municipality of Waldstatt to the whole world: This is the success story of ARCOLOR.

ARCOLOR has been in business for 25 years

1996 was an eventful year: A world chess champion was defeated by a computer for the first time, and the world’s largest company merger at the time took place in Switzerland. But something also happened in Waldstatt in the canton of Appenzell: ARCOLOR was founded. We can look back on many very successful and exciting years.

  • 1996

    Where it all began

    The first water-based decor printing inks were produced in a small space at this rented building in Waldstatt.

  • 1996

    A picturesque setting

    Waldstatt is located in Appenzell Ausserrhoden, a small canton in eastern Switzerland. The close proximity to the Austrian and German borders, good public transport links and picturesque surroundings all make it a very attractive location.

  • 1997

    First shipment

    Water-based inks and extenders were shipped to decor printing customers for the first time. This represented an important milestone.

  • 2003

    SME award

    St.Galler Kantonalbank presented ARCOLOR with the "KMUPrimus" award for outstanding small-to-mid-sized entrepreneurial achievements in the region.

  • 2006

    Growth requires space

    Work started on the new ARCOLOR production and administration building. The property was 13,475 square meters in size.

  • 2007

    Our new home

    The new modern building was ready for occupancy in spring 2007. Ever since, the address of ARCOLOR's headquarters has been: ARCOLOR AG, Urnäscherstrasse 50, 9104 Waldstatt.

  • 2008

    Pioneering work in digital printing

    ARCOLOR contributes pioneering work in the development of water-based inks for digital printing in the industrial sector and establishes a new, forward-looking business unit.

  • 2009

    Entry into the packaging printing industry

    Success requires innovation. ARCOLOR establishes an additional business unit and expands its range of water-based printing inks for packaging, wallpaper, foils, adhesive tapes, etc.

  • 2011

    ARCOLOR looks to China

    ARCOLOR Trading Shanghai is founded in Shanghai. The high-quality decor printing inks become very popular in the Chinese market within a very short time.

  • 2013

    Sustainable quality and safety

    Stringent requirements with respect to quality, environmental awareness, ergonomics and safety are prerequisites for mastering company processes. ARCOLOR receives certification pursuant to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.

  • 2016

    For the world of tomorrow

    ARCOLOR plays its part by procuring electricity from renewable energy sources and offsetting its CO2-emissions through the reforestation of uncultivated land in Uruguay. Production has been CO2-neutral since 2016.

  • 2017

    Distinguished as an attractive employer

    The best results are achieved in an environment in which employees encounter respect, creativity and passion. ARCOLOR continuously invests in its employees and achieves 3rd place in the Swiss Employer Award.

  • 2018

    More space required

    If you want to ensure success, you need to plan ahead accordingly. Work began on an extension to the building in Waldstatt in 2018. 18 million Swiss francs were set aside for this project.

  • 2019

    Production in China

    In order to keep up with the rapid growth of high-quality decor printing inks, ARCOLOR opens its own production facility in China, namely Quzhou Arcolor New Material Co., Ltd. in the western part of Zhejiang Province.

  • 2020

    Opening of the modern extension

    After two years of construction work, the extension is opened for utilization. It provides plenty of room for research & development, application technology, production, administration and storage. The new photovoltaic system provides part of the electricity required.

  • 2021

    Anniversary and top employer award

    ARCOLOR has been in business for 25 years. A start-up based in eastern Switzerland quickly became a global producer of water-based printing inks. At the “Swiss Employer Award 2021", ARCOLOR's employees rated the company as a top employer. They value the internal culture as well as the general conditions at the company.

  • 2023

    Groundbreaking ceremony in China

    Start of construction of the ARCOLOR plant in Quzhou, in Zhejiang Province. It will supply the Chinese market. The building with an area of 20,000 m² will be completed in 2024. The planned annual production is 15,000 tons. In addition to production, the site will provide space for warehouses, offices and laboratories.