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Manroland Goss Web Systems (MGWS) has acquired Dutch used web offset equipment specialist GWS Printing Systems and service specialist Dovak Industrial Services.
MGWS said the deal, which was completed on 20 December, is “the next important step in the development of its strategy to be the most advanced solution provider to the web offset printing industry”.
MGWS and GWS have already closely cooperated in the field of used equipment, heatset press service and on the former’s existing Market-X e-commerce platform.
Manroland Goss chief executive Alexander Wassermann said: “The acquisition of GWS and Dovak by MGWS is a logical consequence of the many years of cooperation between the companies and the numerous project successes celebrated between the companies.
“Teaming our forces and solutions will result in an even broader portfolio to the printing industry worldwide. We expect the used equipment market and related services to grow within the next years, so adding GWS gives us the chance to become an even stronger and broader supplier in this business area.”
Waalwijk-based GWS’ previous owners Eric van Kessel and Walter Donkers will continue as managers of the business. In a joint statement, they said: “The graphic industry is facing constant change and it is obvious that suppliers seek to cooperate.