Management buyout at ppi Media

Full steam ahead into the future

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Dr. Hauke Berndt (in picture) along with Manuel Scheyda and Alexander Eck took over ppi Media GmbH as a part of a management buyout

On 1 January 2019, managing directors Dr. Hauke Berndt and Manuel Scheyda together with the strategic investor Alexander Eck took over ppi Media GmbH as part of a management buyout.

With the management buyout, ppi Media is separating from the Eversfrank Group, which acquired the company from manroland AG in 2012, and will in future focus on its own core business. The software company with over 100 employees at its locations in Kiel, Hamburg, and Chicago sells integrated software solutions. The solutions ranging from cross-media editorial systems to entire publishing workflows are distributed in more than 20 countries for customers who belong to the “who-is-who” of the international media industry.

The buyout enables ppi Media to focus its digital solutions on the challenges of the media industry. “We will invest even more specifically in products and markets that will strengthen and expand ppi Media’s position in the publishing industry in the long term,” says Managing Director Dr. Berndt.

“The decision to take the helm at ppi Media was an easy one. We are optimally positioned in a media environment characterized by innovation and change,” says Manuel Scheyda. In addition to the two managing directors, who together hold most of the shares, the strategic investor and IT entrepreneur Alexander Eck will become a shareholder of ppi Media GmbH and will advise the management on strategic issues. “The team’s high level of competence, the excellent customer base and the cultural change an MBO can bring about opens up excellent opportunities for the future,” says Eck, explaining his commitment.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

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