Komori completes share transfer of MBO and its affiliate subsidiary

Expects to achieve significant synergy

Komori Corporation completes the share transfer of MBO and its affiliate subsidiary

Komori Corporation announced that it has completed the share transfer of the Maschinenbau Oppenweiler Binder (MBO) group, Germany-based postpress equipment manufacturer. MBO has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Komori under a new company name of MBO Postpress Solutions.

Komori has been focused on the development of peripheral equipment product lines under its PESP (Print Engineering Service Provider) business strategy. It expects to achieve significant synergy effect through sales expansion of MBO’s high precision, high productivity postpress equipment product lines into the Asia and Japan in particular, where it can take advantage of its sales organization, and through the realization of its Connected Automation concept, achieving productivity improvement as well as automation and labor-saving solutions throughout the printing and finishing processes by linking “KP-Connect”, Komori’s IoT solution and Datamanager 4.0 of MBO.

The Postpress Alliance, an MBO initiative has promoted cooperation and standardization of platform among postpress businesses and enables Komori to contribute as a true solution provider of the industry.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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