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Baldwin acquires PC Industries to expand Print Inspection Solutions

Baldwin Technology Company Inc., a world leader in providing process automation solutions, consumables and services to the print, textile and film industries, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the assets of PC Industries in a transaction that closed on September 13, 2017.

Headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois, PC Industries (PCI) is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art vision inspection systems for the printing, converting, packaging, pharmaceutical and security printing industries. Founded by Jack Woolley in 1975, PC Industries’ highly regarded brand of products is complementary to Baldwin’s offerings. PCI’s talented team members, consistent history of superior product development, and service and support make the company a natural add-on acquisition for Baldwin.

“We are very excited to be joining the Baldwin team and the broader BW Forsyth Partners family, and we look forward to continuing our progress of becoming the global market leader for high-speed print quality inspection,” commented Jack Woolley, CEO of PC Industries.

“The integration of PC Industries’ will add scale to our broader vision business by opening up new customer opportunities and enhancing our ability to provide further capabilities to our existing customers,” said Brent Becker, CEO of Baldwin. “Baldwin’s global sales and service platform will allow PC Industries to tap into new markets and serve customers who may have been beyond its scope. The combination of their expertise in print quality data gathering and our expertise in process control will enhance our opportunities to provide the next level of fully automated closed loop process control.”

PC Industries is Baldwin’s fourth acquisition since joining the BW Forsyth Partners’ family of companies in 2012. In 2014, Baldwin acquired Web Printing Controls and, in January 2017, Air Motion Systems. Earlier this month, they completed the acquisition of Ahlbrandt Systems GmbH. Baldwin will continue to seek add-on acquisitions, with a focus on companies that manufacture process-automation equipment, components and consumables for the printing, packaging and other industrial segments around the world.

KBA celebrates 200th birthday

The festive week for the 200th anniversary of Koenig & Bauer AG in Würzburg drew to a close with more than 13,000 visitors at the Open Day on September 23, 2017. 650 guests from all over the world attended the official ceremony in the Vogel Convention Center (VCC), with the former federal president Horst Köhler as main speaker and short presentations by three CEOs of renowned printing companies. Many customers and business partners visited the spruced-up main factory in Würzburg and experienced historical and modern printing presses in action. The week of celebrations had begun with an international press conference at which the company, which has successfully adapted to a changing print market, presented its ambitious goals and strategies for the future, as well as its new market appearance.

drupa 2020 on the right path

The kick-off for drupa 2020 went extremely well: with over 30,000 booked square metres the first milestone has been set. At this early stage 220 renowned exhibitors from 25 countries have already registered to present their innovations at the world’s no.1 trade fair in Düsseldorf from June 16-26, 2020.

This high-octane drupa kick-off sends out a positive signal for the global print industry and shows that the no.1 for printing technologies has charted the right course with its re-positioning and focus on future topics with high growth potential.

New body elected for AIFMP

AMSG AshokanAMSG Ashokan (Jeyagraham Art Crafts, Sivakasi) takes over the reins of the All India Federation of Master Printers, as its President, New Delhi, India wef October 1, 2017. He takes over from Prof Kamal Chopra (Foil Printers, Ludhiana).

The following dignitaries have been elected as Office Bearers of the All India Federation of Master Printers, for 2017-18: Arvind Mardikar (AD Graphics, Nagpur) is the honorary general secretary; Maninder Singh (Escort Press, Amritsar) is the vice president (North); Abhijit Sarkar (Zenith Offset, Kolkata) is the vice president (East); Raveendra Joshi (United Multicolour Printers Pvt Ltd, Pune) is vice president (West); O Venugopal (Anaswara Offset P Ltd, Cochin) is vice president (South); Prakash Joshi (Laxmi Art Printers, Aurangabad) is the honorary joint secretary; and Ashwani Gupta (Choice Books & Printer Pvt Ltd, Jalandhar City) is the honorary treasurer from October 01, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Vijay Mohan (Shalimar Offset Press, New Delhi) will be the honorary treasurer from April 01, 2018 to September 30, 2018.

Siegwerk acquires Van Son Liquids BV to further strengthen its water-based ink business

Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, one of the leading international suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, has signed a contract to purchase Van Son Liquids BV located in Hilversum, Netherlands. The family-owned company manufactures high-quality water-based flexo and gravure printing inks for more than 25 years.

With this additional purchase in the water-based ink segment, Siegwerk is further expanding its product portfolio for paper & board applications and strengthens its local footprint in the Benelux region. “Van Son Liquids BV is one of the leading ink manufacturers in the Netherlands. The company is known for its high-quality inks with excellent consistency. Its ink and coating solutions perfectly fit into our water-based ink portfolio,” explains Piet Deceunynck, regional sales director Central and North Europe Paper and Board at Siegwerk. “The merger enables us to expand our local footprint in the Benelux region and therefore to continue raising our profile as a supplier of water-based printing inks in Europe.”

The deal includes the transfer of all technical expertise, product portfolio and manufacturing equipment related to Van Son Liquids headquarters in Hilversum. Siegwerk will continue to produce and serve customers from the production site in Hilversum. As a new member of the Siegwerk family, Van Son Liquids BV will be renamed into Siegwerk Hilversum BV going forward, whereas the product brand name AquaBase+ will be kept.

The integration of the acquired products into Siegwerk’s water-based ink offering will enable customers to benefit from a more comprehensive product portfolio and a wider technological expertise. Both companies will work closely together to ensure a smooth integration of business without any interference for current customers of both companies.

The acquisition of Van Son Liquids BV follows other strategic investments and disinvestments that Siegwerk has completed to enhance its position as a full-range provider for the packaging market. Just earlier this year, Siegwerk has acquired Hi-Tech Products Ltd., a specialist supplier of water-based inks and coatings located in the UK. Together with the 2016 purchase of ACTEGA Colorchemie (today Siegwerk Buedingen) and the opening of a Blending Center for the production of water-based inks at its Technical Center in France, Siegwerk has made targeted investments over the last years have enabled the company to enhance its water-based ink business – all in line with its goal of clearly devoting its resources to the markets of tomorrow and focus on its core business in packaging printing.

The Royal Dutch Ink Factories Van Son B.V. in Hilversum, The Netherlands, will continue to manufacture and distribute Van Son branded offset inks to the worldwide commercial printing & packaging market through her subsidiary Van Son Holland Ink Corporation in Chicago, Illinois and the vast global network of distributors.

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