Ricoh Company Ltd. of Tokyo has reached an agreement to buy U.S.-based AnaJet, which develops and manufacturers direct to garment (DTG) printing systems. AnaJet is to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Printing Systems America Inc.
Founded in 2006, AnaJet states it was one of the first companies in the world to mass-produce digital garment printers. The company is currently producing its third-generation series of direct to garment printers, called the mPower i-series. The majority of AnaJet products available today leverage Ricoh’s inkjet print heads.
The acquisition allows Ricoh, which has traditionally focused on office and commercial print technologies, to strengthen its position in the industrial inkjet market, where the company has been a major global player with its print-head development.
AnaJet will continue to operate under its current name, management team and capabilities, which currently includes more than 50 employees based in Costa Mesa, California.
“At AnaJet, we have led the industry in establishing the trend of direct to garment printing,” said Karl Tipre, CEO of AnaJet. “Today we are very pleased to announce that this acquisition will provide our expanding customer base with the services of yet another global leader in Ricoh. We are extremely excited for what lies ahead for the AnaJet brand and our customers.”
Ricoh to Acquire AnaJet
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