Mark Andy – Acquisition of Presstek
USA • Now it is official: Mark Andy acquires Presstek, global supplier of direct imaging (DI) offset plates and presses, CTP solutions for commercial and in-plant customers. According to the company, with the Presstek acquisition, Mark Andy now serves as one of the only full-complement solutions providers to the global graphic arts and print industry. Presstek’s Zahara waterless plates division will be not part of this deal.
Stuart Gallup, is appointed as Vice President, Offset Business, Mark Andy. At the leadership level, Gallup will be accompanied by Ian Pollock, Director, Presstek EAMER and Ralph Jenkins, Director MAPP Offset Sales in North America. Gallup, Pollock and Jenkins have a wealth of experience in the printing market, having dedicated their careers to serving offset printers. Presstek’s team of over 60 employees will be integrated within Mark Andy’s service infrastructure, making it – according to the company – “the largest, regionally-staffed service organization in North America”. Support equipment service will be available 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.
According to Ian Pollock EAMER customers of Presstek and MAPP brands will continue to do business as they do today. “There will be no changes in current ordering processes, contact details or distribution logistics. All will remain the same for the EAMER customer base currently transacting with the UK location,” stated Pollock.