Mark Andy acquires Kluge

Mark Andy has announced the acquisition of Brandtjen & Kluge, a US manufacturer of print finishing equipment for foil stamping, die-cutting, folding and glueing, and UV coating applications.

25 Jun 2018 | By Amogh Dikshit

Kevin Wilken, chief executive officer, Mark Andy, said, “Mark Andy is excited to add a company with such a recognisable brand that has been built over decades with thousands of installations and satisfied customers worldwide.  We look forward to continuing Kluge’s tradition of high-quality products, services, and consumables with the broader support of Mark Andy’s global infrastructure.”

This acquisition is in line with Mark Andy’s strategy of expanding inorganically. In March it acquired Direct Imaging press and plates specialist Presstek from its private equity owners. In the past few years, it has made several acquisitions including Comco, Rotoflex International, and Arpeco.

Kluge has been catering to small to medium-size formats for commercial printers, finishers, direct mail manufacturers and packaging converters with the offline kit for print finishing applications.

“Kluge has evolved over the years to meet the ever-changing demands of our customers,” said Michael Aumann, chief executive officer, at Brandtjen and Kluge. “The Brandtjen family is very proud of the legacy they have established and nurtured since the company was founded in 1919. We view today’s transaction as an opportunity to continue growing our business while joining an even larger family that will allow us to build on our commitment of manufacturing durable equipment and to consistently support profitable operations for our customers.”

Aumann will continue to lead Kluge as president of the Brandtjen & Kluge division which will continue operations in St Croix Falls, WI.