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.


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