Partridge puts the slew of major acquisitions involving manufacturers of digital printing equipment and supplies into perspective.
The year 2005 is a landmark one for the digital-printing industry, not because of radical new product launches or technology breakthroughs, but because acquisition fever has hit the industry in a big way. In the first eight months of this year, we have seen more sizeable acquisitions occur than in any year since the inception of wide-format digital printing. The recent acceleration in acquisitions is demonstrated in Table 1, which lists major buyouts involving vendors to the digital-printing industry that have occurred since 2001.
|Figure 1 Key Vendor Acquisitions in the Digital-Printing Industry|
|Encad (US)||Kodak (US)||$25 million||2001|
|Gretag/Rastergraphics (US)|| Oc
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