Goss International announced it has integrated Akiyama’s North American operations within its own U.S. operations. As a result, Goss will sell and support Akiyama products in both Canada and the United States.
Under the agreement, several members of the Akiyama sales and service team in North America have joined the Goss International organization. Goss International’s large-scale U.S. parts and service operation now supports printing companies operating more than 800 Akiyama presses in North America. Independent dealers will continue to market Akiyama products in some regions of the United States and Canada, working collaboratively through Goss International.
Both companies are affiliated with Shanghai Electric Corporation, with Akiyama being controlled by the Chinese company. Shanghai Electric became Goss’ second-largest shareholder in June 2009.
“Our North American infrastructure provides a substantial platform to support existing customers as well as a growth strategy for Akiyama products in the region,” said Goss International president and CEO Jochen Meissner. “The Jprint presses in particular, with their innovative perfecting technology, offer a compelling alternative to traditional four-over-four sheetfed perfectors.”