Plockmatic acquires Intec

The Plockmatic group, which includes Morgana, KGS and Watkiss, has acquired Intec Printing Solutions Ltd, based in Dorset in the UK. 

From left: Jan Marstorp, CEO of Plockmatic; Ian Melville, former owner of Intec; Ray Hillhouse, VP of sales and marketing of Plockmatic’s offline business; and Salvatore Grimaldi, CEO of Grimaldi Industri

Plockmatic, which is headquartered in Sweden, has built up an interesting portfolio of finishing solutions that are mainly targeted at small to mid-sized commercial printers. Plockmatic itself mainly supplies inline finishing units to OEMs such as Canon for use with their production printers. Morgana helped broaden its portfolio but also came with a useful sales channel that Plockmatic has used to sell its product range direct to printing companies. The Italian company KGS supplied Morgana with PUR binders, while Morgana added a world-class range of book binding equipment.

So Intec is a sensible addition to the group as Jan Marstorp, Plockmatic’s CEO explained: said: “Intec are well known in the industry for providing quality products at competitive prices. The ColorCut range of cutting systems have been well received by the market, with sales in the UK, across North America, and many other international territories. These systems are ideal for small to medium sized print-based operations that need to provide professionally cut and finished promotional display boards, boxes, labels and more. This is a sector of the market that has grown rapidly in recent years, and one that Plockmatic is keen to further explore and expand.”

He added: “We also see a good match for these products with our large OEM customers who provide printers. These products will enable more applications and allow them to grow further into the light packaging and labelling market segment.”

Intec will now operate wholly owned subsidiary of Plockmatic International AB, which is part of the Plockmatic Group. The company will continue to design and develop equipment, operating from its current base in Poole with all of its current staff. The acquisition includes the company’s US operation, Intec Printing Solutions Inc, based in Tampa, Florida. Plockmatic will continue to use the existing Intec international dealer network as well as also selling the Intec equipment through its own Morgana sales channels. It will also offer the Intec equipment directly to its OEM partners. 

Intec was founded by Ian Melville back in 1989 on the back of the desktop publishing revolution and initially sold Apple Macs and pre-press products before expanding into printing and later concentrating on finishing equipment. He commented: “As the owner of a successful business there comes a time when the question of where the business goes after I’m gone has to be posed. The sale of the business to Plockmatic has come at a good time for me, for Intec Printing Solutions, and for my fantastic team. This transaction will give me the opportunity to spend more time on several charitable projects that I have been involved with, as well as enjoying some well-earned holiday time. For the business and the staff, it will provide the solid backing from a successful international manufacturer.”

The Plockmatic Group is owned by a Swedish holding company, Grimaldi Industri Group. You can find more information on the range of equipment that Intec makes from intecprinters.com and further details on Plockmatic from plockmaticgroup.com.


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