essence of passion

A brand’s guarantee of success

The corporate culture at Epple forms a strong basis for a consistent pursuit of ambitious goals. The promise inherent in our trademark “essence of passion” is our guiding light. As the management board of Epple Druckfarben AG, we work passionately to ensure quality inks and excellent service. Thereby we actively utilise our entrepreneurial freedom to develop strategic partnerships with customers and to expand at a healthy level.

Epple stands for highest quality printing inks. The ingredients are the expertise of the employees, selected raw materials and sophisticated procedures. The results are market-leading products. This is a perfect Launchpad for research on new innovative ink systems, which meet, in full, our diverse customer requirements, as well as our responsibility for people and nature.

Epple lives its values. Trust, reliability and assurance are the guidelines for interaction with colleagues, customers and business partners. We deal with each other on an equal footing, openly and with respect. We value the problem-solving competence of our employees, from whence steady product innovations result. Because Epple is a progressive company: each and every employee and the management team support this statement.

Entrepreneurs with passion

Gunther Gerlach Chairman of the Management Board Responsible for:
Production, Purchase and HR

Since 2015Epple Druckfarben AG
2016 Chairman of the Management Board
2015 Member of the Management Board

2006 – 2014Verlagsgruppe Weltbild GmbH
Managing Director of subsidiary companies in Germany, Poland and Russia

2003 – GmbH & Co. KG
Managing Director

2000 – 2002artedona AG
Member of the board of an eCommerce-Startup

1996 – 2000Bertelsmann AG
Project Management and Managing Director duties in Germany, Czech Republic and Hungary

1992 – 1996McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Management Consultant

1987 – 1991University of Karlsruhe
 (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT)
Studied Industrial Engineering and Management, majored in Computer Science and Operations Research


Dr. Carl Epple Member of the Executive Board Responsible for:
Development and Innovation

Since 2007Epple Druckfarben AG
2007 Member of the Management Board
1998 Head of Research and Development

2001 – 2003University of Augsburg
MBA studies (alongside professional commitments)

1993 – 1997University of Berne
Doctorate (RNDr) in the field of Bioorganic Chemistry

1988 – 1992ETH Zuerich, Switzerland
Studied Chemistry


Stefan SchüllingMember of the Executive Board Responsible for:
Sales and Finance

Since 2012Epple Druckfarben AG
2020 Member of the Executive Board
2015 Head of Corporate Development
2012 Project Manager

Since 2017Epple Druckfarben Italia S.r.l.
Managing Director

2018 – 2020PCO Europe B.V.
Managing Director

2000 – 2012Management Consultant

1995 – 2000Münchner Bank eG
Corporate Account Manager

2000 – 2003VWA München
Studied business administration, Economics

1992 – 1995Münchner Bank eG
Training as banker