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Mark Andy buys plate specialist Presstek

Wednesday, 28 March 2018
By Print21

Digital Series HD hybrid press from Mark Andy.

Press manufacturer Mark Andy has acquired of US-based Presstek, a leading global supplier of offset plates and presses, CTP solutions and service for commercial and in-plant customers.

 “Presstek has been a force in the small and medium format offset segment for many years and Presstek’s DI (direct imaging) plates and equipment and CTP solutions are well-respected throughout the industry,” said Kevin Wilken, CEO, Mark Andy. “I am happy to welcome the Presstek employees and products into the Mark Andy family.  We expect Presstek’s customers to benefit from Mark Andy’s stable leadership, tremendous customer service and unmatched product offerings, including MAPP offset print supplies and consumables and Mark Andy digital print equipment.”

Presstek’s team of over 60 technical professionals will be integrated within Mark Andy’s service infrastructure, making it the largest, regionally-staffed service organization in North America. Certified technicians will support equipment service for brands such as Presstek, ABDick, Ryobi, Heidelberg, Xerox, KBA, Epson and more.

Presstek’s Zahara waterless plates division, which is not being acquired by Mark Andy, will be spun into a new company, Verico Technology, headed by former Presstek CEO Yuval Dubois.  Verico Technology will focus on expanding its market share for cut sheet aluminum waterless plates and coating technologies in the printing industry as well as venturing into new market segments. “Mark Andy’s acquisition of Presstek is a big win for customers from both organizations,” said Dubois. “We are pleased for the long-term benefits that this initiative will bring to the market.”

A Mark Andy showroom.

Mark Andy and Presstek have maintained a strong partnership over the years, with Mark Andy Print Products (MAPP) fulfilling all orders in North America for Presstek DI and CTP products. Integrating Presstek’s sales and service teams within MAPP will yield many benefits to Presstek’s existing customers, including improved market coverage, extensive parts inventory, enhanced service resources, single point of invoicing, and faster response times.

“Today’s print buyers are seeking shorter print runs, faster turnaround and no compromises in print quality,” says Stuart Gallup, vice president, offset business, Mark Andy. “It’s a privilege to now offer the single point of contact customer experience and streamlined processes that our commercial and in-plant customers have previously enjoyed.” 

Mark Andy is represented in Australia by local distributor Aldus-Tronics.

 

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