The Agfa-Gevaert Group (Mortsel, Belgium) will acquire Inca Digital Printers subject to meeting all customary closing conditions and legal approvals. The acquisition will strengthen Agfa’s position in high-speed digital printing and bring an additional focus to the packaging printing market. “The Inca acquisition is a major step in Agfa’s transformation. Digital printing is a profitable growth engine for the Group with a tremendous potential that will be further accelerated by the addition of Inca,” said Pascal Juéry, President and CEO of the Agfa-Gevaert Group.
Inca Digital Printers (Cambridge UK) is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced high-speed printing and production technologies for sign and display applications, as well as for the rapidly growing digital printing market for packaging. The OEMs both feel that Inca is an ideal partner for Agfa, bringing a complementary portfolio of printing solutions of the highest standard and a strong technological platform to launch robust single-pass printing presses for the packaging market. The acquisition also includes the portfolio of existing high-speed multi-pass printers, a strong service organization, a newly designed line of single-pass printers for several packaging applications, as well as joint development of a customized inline print engine in collaboration with leading corrugated manufacturer BHS Corrugated.
Shen Tunnicliffe-Wilsontep, CEO/CTO of Inca Digital Printers, added: “The acquisition by Agfa allows us to combine our technological expertise and will enable us to become a leading digital packaging press manufacturer worldwide. Our new parent has shown a long-term commitment to the digital printing market and we are extremely proud and look forward to becoming part of the Agfa family.”