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Midwest

D&K International

d&k international's
product lines include
this card laminator.

ery month one of the major printer
manufacturers comes out with a new
model. There are changes with the
ink or toner systems, amongst other
things, so we have to evolve with all
the latest developments in printing.
"For example, digital print technology was a game-changer for our industry," he continues. "Printing moved
away from the old plate and ink technology. So the old process with lamination no longer worked with a lot
of those new digital print machines.
That's why D&K develops films and
adhesives that work specifically with
all of the latest print technology."
Those products are unique to D&K,
according to Broz, and will adhere to
"basically anything," including digital
prints. "Printing is going digital now,
and we have the only self-developed
product that will perform with that
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particular type of printing," he says.
"We are constantly doing R&D in our
manufacturing facility. It really is an
ongoing relationship between our
manufacturing, customers, suppliers and sales force. We're constantly looking at new applications that
come our way and provide a solution
for our customers."
Broz notes that D&K is not reactive, but proactive when fulfilling its
customers' needs. "We may provide
a solution to one customer that other customers may also need," he explains. "However, once we develop
the application and see that it works,
we'll promote it to provide a value-add for all customers."

Key Links
D&K's employees play a key role in
the company's success. "Our em-

ployees are our greatest asset," Biegel
says. "They own the relationships for
good or bad because they work with
customers on pricing, solutions and
getting them the product where they
need it, when they need it."
Broz agrees, noting that a "can-do"
attitude characterizes the company's
employees. "We depend on the people in our manufacturing facilities to
make a high-quality product in a timely manner that meets the customers'
needs," he says. "So it really is a cooperative effort between manufacturing
and sales, and even our administration, to bring things full circle. We're
not the largest company in the industry, but we're able to supply customers worldwide thanks to our team.
"We have a subsidiary in Birmingham, England, which has about 30
people there," Broz adds. "Domesti-


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