Ricoh has acquired AnaJet, one of the main players in the direct to garment inkjet printing sector. AnaJet was founded in 2006 and uses mainly Ricoh printheads. The two companies are said to have been in discussions for the past six months.
This is part of an ongoing expansion right across the digitally-printed textile market and follows a number of recent acquisitions, including Mimaki buying La Meccanica and EFI taking over Reggiani. Clearly, these companies believe that the direct to garment market is going to grow and provide an ongoing revenue stream.
AnaJet will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc but will continue to operate under its current name and with its existing management team from its Costa Mesa base in California.
Junichi Matsuno, general manager of Ricoh’s Inkjet Business Division, commented: “With the addition of AnaJet, our collective customers benefit from a larger support team, added innovation and access to a services-led portfolio of solutions to ultimately help them grow their business. AnaJet already possesses a proven reputation as a leader in DTG printing and as such, it is a great complement to Ricoh’s broad portfolio.”