Contiweb acquires WS Print

Contiweb, a specialist manufacturer of drying and web-handling equipment and provider of integrated technical solutions for web offset printing, packaging and digital printing, has announced that it has acquired WS Print, an European market leader in manufacturing and distributing silicone emulsion, silicone oil and fountain solutions for the printing industry.

01 Apr 2022 | By Rahul Kumar

Contiweb acquired WS Print because of the strategic fit with the aftermarket and equipment business

With this acquisition, Contiweb hopes to broaden its product offering and the expansion of its integrated solutions offering. Now, the companies will be even better placed to support their customers with reducing cost-to-print, lowering energy consumption, minimising waste, increasing uptime and enhancing performance.

Founded in 1989, WS Print is an owner-managed family enterprise based in Schnaittach, Germany. The company has a long and proud history, characterised by product innovation, process automation, high quality products and strong personal relations with its customers.

Joost Smits, CEO, Contiweb, said, “Contiweb has acquired WS Print because of the strategic fit with our aftermarket and equipment business. By adding these high-quality consumables to the Contiweb product range, we are achieving our vision of transforming Contiweb into an integrated solutions provider. WS Print and Contiweb have a comparable focus on customer performance, technical expertise and operational excellence.”

He added, “Pressroom chemicals are strategically attractive to us as there is a strong technical link with the equipment Contiweb supplies. Many Contiweb customers are already WS Print customers and we aim to strengthen these relations further. Integrating the technical expertise on equipment and on consumables will drive the development of new solutions that enable our customers to further reduce their cost-to-print and their environmental footprints.”

Alexander Auerbach-Spielberger, managing director, WS Print, said, “This is an exciting proposition for our company. Whilst we will continue to operate independently under our own brand name in the market from the existing site in Schnaittach, joining forces with Contiweb allows us to reach more printing customers and integrate our products with the equipment of Contiweb. I believe that together with Contiweb we will reinforce our position and secure the long-term success for employees, customers and suppliers.”

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