manroland Goss Group acquires Thallo packaging business

Customers to benefit from decades of web-offset expertise

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manroland Goss Group acquires Thallo packaging business

On December 17, 2020, the manroland Goss Group, Augsburg, and Contiweb B.V., Boxmeer, The Netherlands, signed a purchase agreement on the sale of the Thallo web-offset packaging business, including all intellectual property rights.

manroland Goss, by this strategic investment, complements its product portfolio for the growing web-offset packaging market.

Thallo customers, existing and new ones, will benefit from decades of web-offset expertise and the global sales and service organization of manroland Goss.

Contiweb, at the same time, continues on its core business, supplying auxiliary systems to the web-offset and digital printing industry.

“The acquisition of the Thallo packaging technology and business allows manroland Goss to expand its product portfolio,” says chief executive officer Franz Kriechbaum. “Next to the fully automated and highly flexible Varioman packaging solution, the Thallo press will strengthen our footprint in the packaging growth market.”

With this acquisition, new presses, spare and wear parts, hotline assistance, and all other aftermarket services will become available at just one touchpoint.

Rutger Janssen, chief executive officer of Contiweb, and Sander Koster, Investment director at H2 Equity Partners, welcome the sale of the Thallo business to manroland Goss. “We believe that manroland Goss represents the type of ‘best owner’ for the product we were looking for – solid, global, and well-positioned in the web-offset market.” At the same time, Contiweb will focus its own business activities on the supply of auxiliary systems, such as splicers and dryers, to the printing industry.

manroland Goss entered into a Letter of Intent with DG press Services, Hall, The Netherlands, providing the basis for a business collaboration with regard to the Thallo packaging press.

DG press Services will play an important role in the manufacturing and project execution of the Thallo presses, contributing its long-lasting product and market expertise in the offset packaging segment. Franz Kriechbaum and Remko Koolbergen, directors at DG press Services, agree that “the intended teamplay will create attractive offset solutions for all kind of packaging printers around the world.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

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