Mark Andy, which develops technologies for the label and packaging industries, has acquired Presstek, a global supplier of DI (direct imaging) offset plates and presses, and CTP solutions. With the Presstek acquisition, Mark Andy explains it 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, which is not being acquired by Mark Andy, will be spun into a new company, Verico Technology, led 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. “Mark Andy’s acquisition of Presstek is a big win for customers from both organizations,” said Dubois. “We are pleased for the long-term benefits that this initiative will bring to the market.”
Presstek’s team of over 60 technical professionals will be integrated within Mark Andy’s service infrastructure, which the company states makes it the largest, regionally staffed service organization in North America. Certified technicians will support equipment service for brands such as Presstek, ABDick, Ryobi, Heidelberg, Xerox, KBA, Epson and more.
Mark Andy and Presstek have maintained a strong partnership over the years, with Mark Andy Print Products (MAPP) fulfilling all orders in North America for Presstek DI and CTP products.
“Presstek has been a force in the small- and medium-format offset segment for many years. Presstek’s DI plates and equipment and CTP solutions are well respected throughout the industry, and I am happy to welcome the Presstek employees and products into the Mark Andy family,” said Kevin Wilken, CEO, Mark Andy. “We expect Presstek’s customers to benefit from Mark Andy’s stable leadership, tremendous customer service and unmatched product offerings, including MAPP offset print supplies and consumables and Mark Andy digital print equipment.”
Stuart Gallup, appointed as Vice President, Offset Business, Mark Andy, said, “Today’s print buyers are seeking shorter print runs, faster turnaround and no compromises in print quality. Mark Andy has a strong commitment to its customers, supporting them with the best solutions to guide them in a direction for success. It’s a privilege to now offer the single point of contact customer experience and streamlined processes that our commercial and in-plant customers have previously enjoyed.”
At the leadership level, Gallup will be accompanied by Ian Pollock, Director, Presstek EAMER, and Ralph Jenkins, Director MAPP Offset Sales in North America.