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Speculation is rife as to who the identity of the mystery bidder pursuing Xeikon after the Belgian digital press manufacturer announced the possible takeover last week.
In a brief statement, the company said: "Xeikon announces that it has engaged in discussions with a party, who has indicated to Xeikon that it may be interested in entering into a potential transaction regarding Xeikon, by way of making a public takeover bid for all shares in the capital of Xeikon. "Further announcements will be made if and when circumstances so require."
While Xeikon is keeping quiet on the identity of its as-yet-unnamed suitor that has done nothing to dampen media and industry speculation about the possible identity of its would-be buyer.
Dutch newspaper De Tijd published an article claiming that a Dutch private equity firm was understood to be the bidder, with Gilde the favourite, followed by Waterland and NPM Capital, which it recalled had made a failed attempt to acquire Xeikon in 2010.
Industry speculation has linked everyone from rival liquid toner digital press manufacturers such as HP and Miyakoshi/Ryobi, to pre-media rivals Fujifilm and Agfa, which has a long history with Xeikon in terms of both shared staff and technology.