Buy, Buy, Buy: What Do Vendor Acquisitions Mean For The Digital-Printing Industry?

Partridge puts the slew of major acquisitions involving manufacturers of digital printing equipment and supplies into perspective.

The year 2005 is a landmark one for the digital-printing industry, not because of radical new product launches or technology breakthroughs, but because acquisition fever has hit the industry in a big way. In the first eight months of this year, we have seen more sizeable acquisitions occur than in any year since the inception of wide-format digital printing. The recent acceleration in acquisitions is demonstrated in Table 1, which lists major buyouts involving vendors to the digital-printing industry that have occurred since 2001.

Figure 1 Key Vendor Acquisitions in the Digital-Printing Industry
Company Acquired by Price Date
Encad (US) Kodak (US) $25 million 2001
Gretag/Rastergraphics (US) Oc
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