Ricoh to Purchase AnaJet
AnaJet, a leader in direct-to-garment printing, announced today that it will be acquired by Ricoh Co. Ltd. The 10-year-old Costa Mesa, California-based company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc. and will continue to operate under its current name and management team.
As in-plants search for new services to offer, garment printing has been catching on, particularly at university and school district in-plants. With the resources of Ricoh now behind it, AnaJet is poised to expand its reach into the in-plant community, while providing its users with the support and services of a global leader like Ricoh.
“With the addition of AnaJet, our collective customers benefit from a larger support team, added innovation and access to a services-led portfolio of solutions to ultimately help them grow their business," says Junichi Matsuno, general manager of Ricoh's Inkjet Business Division.
This acquisition is the latest strategic investment by Ricoh to strengthen its industrial inkjet business, a market where Ricoh maintains global leadership in inkjet printhead development. The majority of AnaJet products leverage Ricoh’s market-leading inkjet printheads. With AnaJet’s solutions combined with the broad Ricoh portfolio, customers will now have the ability to more effectively deliver a broader solution set to their end users.
“At AnaJet, we have led the industry in establishing the trend of direct to garment printing,” notes 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.”
Founded in 2006, AnaJet was one of the first companies in the world to mass produce direct-to-garment printers. Today, the company is a global market leader in the direct-to-garment industry.
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