Acquisitions with Thallo and Stratasys, appointments for SwissQprint and EyeC, and Epson robotics

Stratasys has completed the acquisition of Origin, which I covered at the end of last year. Yoav Zeif, Stratasys CEO, commented: “The completion of this acquisition marks an important milestone for Stratasys, positioning us to generate meaningful incremental revenue from a wide range of new market opportunities for mass production.”

Stratasys has acquired Origin with its P3 photopolymer printing technology and Origin One 3D printer.

The Manroland Goss Group has acquired the Thallo web-offset packaging business including all intellectual property rights from Contiweb BV, which wants to focus on the supply of auxiliary systems, such as splicers and dryers, to the printing industry. 

Franz Kriechbaum, CEO of Manroland Goss, commented: “Next to the fully automated and highly flexible Varioman packaging solution, the Thallo press will strengthen our footprint in the packaging growth market.” 

At the same time Manroland Goss signed a letter of intent with DG press Services BV, based in Hall in the Netherlands, which will help with the manufacturing of the Thallo presses.

Avery Dennison has acquired the American company Acpo, which produces pressure-sensitive overlaminate products for the label and flexible packaging markets. The deal is worth $87.6 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments and covers the majority of Acpo’s assets, including coating, finishing and distribution operations at its Oak Harbor, Ohio, headquarters, as well as three finishing and distribution sites in Atlanta, Georgia, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and Vancouver, Washington. Acpo has approximately 170 employees, who will join the Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials team.

Mitch Butier, Avery Dennison’s chairman, president and CEO, commented: “By adding Acpo’s well-regarded and complementary overlaminate product, we are increasing our product portfolio and adding even more value for our customers.”

Reto Eicher, who founded SwissQprint alongside Hansjörg Untersander and Roland Fetting back in 2007, has stepped down as CEO of the company. Kilian Hintermann, who has been with the company since the start, has taken over as CEO since the 1 January 2021. Hintermann was previously product manager and head of the company’s Print Solutions Centre. Meanwhile, Eicher has taken on the role of CTO and will focus his efforts directly on product development. 

EyeC UK, which sells print inspection systems, has appointed Michael Hill as sales manager. Hill previously spent six years with EyeC, as a sales and support engineer and as sales director, working alongside his father Keith Hill who was the managing director before his retirement. 

Dr Ansgar Kaupp, CEO of EyeC, commented: “Michael brings over nine years of field sales experience, deep technical knowledge of EyeC’s range of print inspection and artwork comparison systems, and established connections with many EyeC customers in the pharmaceutical, printing and converting industries.” 

Epson has set up a new hybrid demonstration centre, called European Industrial Solutions Plus, which mixes both a virtual and physical facility for partners, distributors and customers to showcase Epson’s full range of robotics solutions and other specialist industrial products. It’s based near Meerbusch, Germany and will house Epson’s complete SCARA robotics range.

…with a little help from my friends

If you value independent journalism then please consider making a donation to help support Printing and Manufacturing Journal. There’s no advertising or other income attached to this site as my aim is to provide impartial and in-depth information to all readers. However, it takes time to carry out interviews and check facts so if this site is of interest to you then please support my work. You can find more information about me here.





Syndicate content

You can license the articles from Printing and Manufacturing Journal to reproduce in other publications. I generally charge around £150 per article but I’m open to discussing this for each title, particularly for publishers that want to use multiple stories. I can provide high res versions of images for print publications.

I’m used to working with overseas publishers and am registered for VAT with the UK’s HMRC tax authority but obviously won’t charge VAT to companies outside the UK. You can find further details and a licensing form from this page, or just contact me directly here.

Support this site

If you find the stories here useful then please consider making a donation to help fund Printing and Manufacturing Journal, either as a one-off or a repeat payment. Journalism is only really useful if it’s truly independent and this is the only such news source serving the print/ manufacturing sectors.

However, there are costs involved in travelling to cover events, as well as maintaining this site, not to mention the time that it takes to carry out research, check facts and interview people. So if you value this work, then please help to maintain it and keep it free to read.


Never miss a story – subscribe to Printing and Manufacturing Journal to receive an email notification every time an article is published here. It’s completely free of charge and you can cancel the subscription at any point without any hassle. There’s no need to provide any information other than an email address and subscribers details are not for sale so there’s no risk of any further marketing spam.

Related stories


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *