Brynildsen & Co a.s - Since 1958
of Norways leading Screen Printers
Just 20 minutes
out of Oslo to the north, situated in a modern Industrial Park is Chr.
Brynildsen & Co a.s, 1.700 m2 of modern concete building. 3 co-owners,
Karsten Andreassen, Thor Olav Rokkerud and Erik Brynildsen presently own
and run the company.
company was founded by Christian Brynildsen, Paal Andersen and Erland
Bøhn in 1958, there has been split ownership, with the owners running
each their part of the company. Today, Karsten is the production manager,
Thor the marketing and sales manager, and Erik is the tecnical and general
Once you enter the lobby, you realize that the company has participated
in, and won a lot of competitions over the years. One wall is decorated
with Golden Image (Golden Squeegee) Awards from SGIA (SPAI), a small shelf
holds a few FESPA Awards, and another wall is covered by NSF (The Norwegian
Screen Printing Association) Gold, silver and Bronze prices as well as
«under the Lupe» prizes from the norwegian general Graphic prize Awards.
and Plastic printing
The smallest part of our market, representing about 20% of the turnover
is self adhesive and plastics printing. Beeing a pioneer in the norwegian
market in the field of self Adhesive materials, Christian Brynildsen started
importing Kleen-Stick self adhesive materials back in the early sixties.
Over the years both Fasson and 3M have been regular and good suppliers
to the company's production, and contributed both in their field to a
quality profile also in this market.
and decals are other fields where the company's production has won prizes.
Today production of Plastic products for vacuum forming is another important
field that has been developed together with a local vacuum forming Company.
Licensed products are printed in 4 colour and vacuum formed to become
children lamps that are beeing marketed all over Europe.
The second part is the Textile printing, counting for about 30% of the
turnover. Having worked for more than 25 years with Fruit of the Loom
products, we try to stay out of the low price part of the printed textile
market, and market textile printing as well as our textiles as Quality
products. Not without a certain success. With up to 8 Colors printing
capacity and intermediate curing, of course a little above average printing
results can be achieved. For many years close cooperation with Repro-Team,
another Association member, has resulted in high quality 4 colour separations
and printing on textile. Printing about 34 lines per cm with perfect registration
has collected a few of the prizes on the wall.
and boxes in mini corrugated
Our company's main production is in the field of Display and boxes for
Direct Mail and other special applications. Beeing well equipped with
two automatic presses for this production with UV and conventional drying,
any combination of matt and glossy conventional or UV is possible. However
85% of the display production is now UV printed. Many customers accept
the company's proposal to keep the display unit as simple as possible,
preferably a one colour print with texts and logotypes in negative white.
This keeps the surface protected by the glossy UV ink, and does not take
too much attention away from the product displayed.
Our own in-house
design department construct and design the various models, and prototypes
are delivered within 24 hours. With good cooperation with the local Die-maker,
dies are made in a couple of days, and often a few hundred or a few thousand
displays or boxes are delivered within a week or so. This is of course
also due to good equipment in the finishing department, both manual and
automatic Die-cutting, capable of speeds up to 1.500 cuts an hour. Semi
automatic glueing and experienced staff makes the finishing touch, and
a high production outcome.
With a good mix of female and male staff, and young and old, the average
employment time in the company is 17 years. Most employees are trained
to operate several machines and work in several departments. The most
static jobs are rotated within the department to avoid work related sick
leaves. The last 4 FESPA exhibitions have been visited by a majority of
the workforce. Planning for this visit begins about 2 years before the
show, with the employees saving about £ 20.- each month on a special savings
account. When the FESPA gets closer, as much information on the show as
possible is beeing distributed internally, and the company's own time-schedule
for the visit is set up. The employees pay half the basic cost of the
trip, travel and hotel, anything extra is paid by the company. Last summer
in Lyon a very nice dinner at Le Alexandrin was incorpoated, and the trip
was very successful both professionally and privately. Taking the TGV
to Paris and finishing off with a lunch sightseeing at the river Seine
before flying home was a perfect end to many employees first trip to France.
FESPA'99 is going to be held in Munich, Germany. We are planning to make
this a part of our 40 years celebration, and invite all employees to join
for a long weekend in Munich.
1984 Erik Brynildsen started developing a solvent free screen cleaning
and reclaiming unit, aiming to save about 90% of the solvent consumption
in the screen Reclaiming aerea. Over 4 years 2 units were built, the goal
was achieved but the unit was too expensive to build and maintain so it
was not possible to market the system. However, since then the system
has been in use in the company, and the use of solvents has been drastically
reduced. Also the transition to more UV printing has been a positive element
in the environmental field.
85% of the Display & cardboard work is UV, and about 70% of the total
production. Digital Pre-press and Direct Projection. Allthough Chr. Brynildsen
& Co were early computer users in the administative field, with thir own
estimating beeing computerized in 1975, the Graphic field has been a recent
development. Today one graphic network with both PC's and MAC's also includes
Phototypesetter for films up to A-3 size, and Laserprinter for proofs,
as well as plotter for Self adhesive films and masking films. The Direct
Projection Camera was installed after the last FESPA, and is calculated
to pay for itself within 3 years. Obvious savings both in time and films
will result in more productive time for the pre-press department.
Printing cooperation initiative
The company has taken the initiative to a cooperation between 7 companies
both in Oslo and out of town, to start a joint company for digital printing.
Allready after a few months operation this company has won a prize in
the SGIA Golden Image competition in the category digital printing electrostatic.
The prize was for a poster printed on paper and laminated for indoor use.
But the company Elektroprint a.s is capable of delivering self adhesive
products of 3M Scotchprint quality with several years guarantee, and is
delivering several Windowgraphics and floorgraphics jobs, as well as special
applications on Soft Vinyl Sides for transportation trailers. The main
goal for this company is however to give the participants a low treshold
to enter into Digital production, and create a platform for training of
both tecnical staff and sales personel. The cooperation is also in the
field of Screen Printing, as the participants have quite a diverse production,
and alltogether are able to solve most types of screen printing jobs.
Brynildsen & Co a.s - Since 1958
of Norways leading Screen Printers