Ricoh Looks to Industrial Inkjet Market with Acquisition of AnaJet

Direct-to-garment offerings expand market scope.

Ricoh has announced the acquisition of direct-to-garment printer manufacturer AnaJet. Among the first mass-produced DTG offerings on the market, most of AnaJet’s products already employ Ricoh printheads.

“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,” says Junichi Matsuno, Ricoh Inkjet Business Division general manager, in a release.

Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, AnaJet’s operations will continue under current management, with the exception of AnaJet’s former National Sales Manager Karl Tipre’s promotion to CEO.

“We are still defining how we will integrate,” says Paul Crocker, AnaJet marketing director, in a separate release. “As a wholly-owned subsidiary, it does appear we will be working somewhat independently. Even before the deal, we began working on localized onsite support and training.”

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