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Merger & Acquisitions

This section of WhatTheyThink focuses on Mergers and Acquisitions in the printing, publishing, packaging, and related industries. It features commentary & analysis on recent M&A activity, resources on buying and selling, succession planning, and corporate finance.


Gerber Technology’s Ideation an Inspirational Event for Textile Design and Manufacturing (Premium Content)

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently traveled to Miami Beach to join more than 300 people at the Gerber Technology Ideation event, the company’s software users’ group. This educational and networking event is in its 20th year. The enthusiasm among the more than 240 customers and prospects in attendance reflects the efforts the company has made to listen to customers and stay ahead of the trends.

Cimpress: Getting Bigger by Staying Small—September 2018 M&A Activity

BuildASign achieves high valuation in strategic sale to Cimpress, Snapfish acquires CafePress at bargain price, regional serial acquirers active in commercial printing segment, and more…

It’s Back to School Time—August 2018 M&A Activity

M&A activity in commercial printing, driven by pressure to consolidate, remains robust; packaging is still the hot topic, wide format falters (just a bit), and more…

If You Can’t Beat ’Em, Join ’Em – July 2018 M&A Activity

LSC Communications jettisons major European printing asset, acquires digital content logistics firm MAZ, label segment is very active, and more…

Volaris Group Makes First Foray into Print Automation Software (Premium Content)

The recent acquisition of print automation software provider Aleyant by Canada’s Volaris Group raised some eyebrows in the industry. Who is the Volaris Group? What strategy are they pursuing relative to the printing industry? And what does this acquisition mean for Aleyant? These were questions Senior Editor Cary Sherburne investigated.

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Sterling North America Acquires Ocean Group

Williams Lea Tag Acquires THP

KYOCERA Steps Up Expansion Strategy with Czech Acquisition

Gerber Acquires MCT Digital Integrating Two Histories of Innovation in Automated Cutting & Finishing

ATI Acquires Microtemp Labs and New Technology for Customized Liquid Crystal Thermometers

Summa Acquires CadCam Technology; Expanding Business in Cutting and Laser Technology

Paper Excellence Enters into Agreement to Purchase all Shares of Catalyst Paper

CJK Group, Inc. Expands Capabilities by Acquiring Assets of Dickinson Press and Kingsport Book

Gerber Technology Acquires Avametric, Deepens Investment to Provide End-to-End 3D Solution for Fashion Industry

Marquis Book Printing Inc. Acquires Toronto-Based Webcom Inc to Become Canada's Largest Book Manufacturer

Felix Schoeller Acquires Alameda Company

Heidelberg Investing in Digital Postpress Operations with Takeover of MBO Group

Graphics of the Americas Now Under SGIA Ownership

Cimpress to Acquire BuildASign: A Vertically Integrated U.S. Web-to-Print Canvas Wall Décor and Signage Company

Adobe to Acquire Marketo

Toppan Vintage Acquires Merrill Corporation's Marketing and Communications Solutions

Zanders: Investor Process Started Successfully

Agfa Declines Indication of Interest by Kanteron Systems

Plockmatic Group Acquires Watkiss Automation Ltd.

Williams Lea Tag Acquires Taylor James to Build Leading Global Presence in Digital Production

Modern Litho Acquires St. Louis-Based Trio Printing

Agfa Graphics Intends to Acquire the Prepress Business of Ipagsa

manroland web systems and Goss International Complete Business Combination

Alcom Printing Group, Inc. Acquires Great Atlantic Graphics, LLC

Merger of Equals: Universal Mailing Services and Prompt Direct Come Together to Create Multi-Faceted Mailing Services Company

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M&A Videos

    Video preview: HYBRID Software and Global Graphics Firming Up Relationship

    HYBRID Software and Global Graphics Firming Up Relationship

    Published: October 16, 2018

    Guido Van der Schueren, Chairman of the Board for HYBRID Software, talks about the company and plans of a Global Graphics acquisition.


    Video preview: Print Business Valuation 101

    Print Business Valuation 101

    Published: March 1, 2018

    At last week’s NPOA Owners Conference, Paul Reilly, Partner at New Direction Partners, gave an overview of the dominant business valuation methods. Here, Mr. Reilly summarizes what print business owners need to know about business valuation—whether they are planning to sell their business or not.


    Video preview: Mark Hahn on a Notable M&A Transaction

    Mark Hahn on a Notable M&A Transaction

    Published: November 19, 2015

    Mark Hahn, Managing Director at Graphic Arts Advisors talks about a notable M&A transaction in the printing and publishing industry in 2015.


Jennifer Matt

WhatTheyThink has partnered with financial advisory and consulting firm Graphic Arts Advisors to provide the go-to merger and acquisitions resource for the printing industry.

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Mark R. Hahn,
Managing Director of Graphic Arts Advisors, a boutique financial advisory and consulting firm serving the printing, packaging, and related industries. Mark is contributing editor to WhatTheyThink covering merger and acquisitions topics.

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