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Buy, Buy, Buy: What Do Vendor Acquisitions Mean For The Digital-Printing Industry?

(September 2005) posted on Tue Oct 18, 2005

Partridge puts the slew of major acquisitions involving manufacturers of digital printing equipment and supplies into perspective.


By Stewart Partridge

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
Company Acquired by Price Date
Encad (US) Kodak (US) $25 million 2001
Gretag/Rastergraphics (US) Oc


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