Ulano specializes in the manufacture of stencil-making products and chemicals for screen process printing. We also supply masking films, inkjet media, automated coating equipment, exposure test positives, and stencil evaluation tools. Our administrative and manufacturing headquarters is in Brooklyn, New York, where we also have research and development laboratories, applications laboratories, and a technical training center. Ulano has an international representative office and training center in Schlieren /Zurich, Switzerland, an Asian regional office in Singapore, and a branch office in Shanghai, China.
The founder of the company, Joseph Ulano, was a Russian immigrant to New York. In the 1920s, he found work in the screen printing industry and set about to make improvements, especially in stencil making. In 1929, just before the Great Depression, Joe Ulano invented the film stencil. He formed a film coating company in 1931. Over the years, Ulano has grown from a small company into the worlds largest completely integrated manufacturer of screen printing stencil systems.
Ulanos more than 75 years of growth have always been technologically driven. We have a proud history of innovation. In addition to the film stencil, Ulano. . .
Invented masking films (under the Rubylith® and Amberlith® brand names).
Formulated the first reclaimable, 100% solvent and water resistant emulsions.
Developed the first fast-exposing diazo resins.
Was the first manufacturer to eliminate bichromates and, later, di-butyl phthalate from all our photographic products.
Introduced capillary film to the world market.
Manufactures the widest range of indirect system photographic films in the industry.
Offered the first comprehensive, industry-specific line of screen chemicals.
Ulanos new product introductions continue, and include EZ-FILM textile capillary film, new screen chemicals, Pulsar no-developer stencil film, QLT ultra-fast SBQ textile emulsion, QT-DISCHARGE emulsion for water-based and discharge inks, and Quasar R 100, a red indirect system photographic film.
In 1999, Ulano was acquired by a German-Swiss holding company that also owns Kissel + Wolf GmbH (KIWO), a manufacturer of screen printing consumables, adhesives, automatic coating machines, and computer-to-screen equipment. The Kissel + Wolf GmbH Group have offices and manufacturing facilities in Germany, Texas, Singapore, Australia, and India. The new owners have made important investments in Ulanos facilities and staff, reinforcing the companys traditional strengths in innovation, technical education, technical service, and market leadership, domestically and internationally.
As before, Ulanos future growth will be based on technological innovation, but by careful, logical extensions of research and development skills and manufacturing capabilities, rather than by dramatic leaps into unfamiliar territory. In this way, we will protect and strengthen the Ulano brand name, one of the best known in the entire graphic arts industry.
Ulano will continue to utilize our domestic and international channels of distribution, nurtured for over two generations, to promote the Ulano brand. As an inter-national company, we must meet the environmental, technical, manufacturing, and commercial demands of worldwide competitiveness. We embrace these challenges and are strengthened by them!