The Japanese ink manufacturer T&K Toka has acquired the Dutch firm Van Son Printing Inks. This gives T&K Toka access to the European, Middle East, African and American markets, marking a significant expansion.
The deal includes the transfer of all intellectual property, technical expertise, product portfolio and manufacturing equipment of the Van Son headquarters in the Netherlands and its affiliate in the United States. Van Son will continue to operate under its own brand name from its existing Hilversum site in Holland.
Ryuichi Kurimoto, managing director of T&K Toka’s Sales Dept: “Van Son is one of the leading ink manufacturers in Europe. The company is known for its high-quality inks with excellent consistency. Especially its conventional 4-colour sheet fed ink program is a welcome addition to our portfolio.”
T&K Toka, which was founded in 1947, produces a wide variety of different inks but specializes in UV-curable products. It has manufacturing sites in Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia.
There have been several acquisitions of ink manufacturers recently. Last year Sun Chemical acquired Flint’s gravure business, while Flint bought Advanced Color Systems and Druckfarben. Earlier this year Siegwerk picked up Van Son Liquids, Huber Group acquired Alden & Ott and Flint recently bought Eston Chimica. Who knew the ink business would be this interesting?