Glunz & Jensen Strengthens Position as Global Leader in Flexo
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Press release from the issuing company
Glunz & Jensen, the world's leading pre-press manufacturer has acquired the Danish technologycompany KH-Microflex to strengthen the fast growing flexo-plate division.
The deal was signed today by Keld Thorsen, CEO and Per Birk-Sørensen, CFO at Glunz & Jensen together with the shareholders of KH-Microflex, Søren Jørgensen, Knud Hansen and Jesper Banke, making Glunz & Jensen a 67 % shareholder of KH-Microflex. The remaining shares of 33 % are still owned by the previous shareholders. The takeover will take place 1 st of September 2011.
Increasing revenue in a well driven business
KH-Microflex is a profitable and well driven business with a turnover of approximately DKK 28 million on ayearly basis. KH-Microflex is located in Ringe, Denmark and employs 27 people. In the past four years KH-Microflex has been recognised as a fast growing company.
"We are very pleased that KH-Microflex is now part of Glunz & Jensen. With the acquisition of KH-Microflexthe Glunz & Jensen Group has a solid competence within positioning, exposure and processing of flexoplates and -sleeves, both within the chemical process and the dry technology", says Glunz & Jensen's CEOKeld Thorsen.
Fits Glunz & Jensen's growth strategy
The acquisition of KH-Microflex is part of a major growth strategy in order to expand Glunz & Jensenbusiness areas within packaging. The aim is to utilise the competencies within product development, supplychain and distribution. With this being the second acquisition, after taking over Degraf S.p.A in March 2011, Glunz & Jensen now holds a total global market share of 50 % within the flexo prepress technology.
The flexo printing technology is a growing business area, due to the primary use within the packagingindustry. The processes around the production and sales are very similar to the way Glunz & Jensenstructure their offset pre-press business area. At the same time sale channels and customer handling arealike. This will ease the integration, and ensure cost savings and increased global coverage.
"Today we reached an important milestone. By the integration into Glunz & Jensen we have found the rightbusiness partner to KH-Microflex. Glunz & Jensen will be able to take KH-Microflex to a global level andbecome the preferred technology partner at a number of OEM customers", says KH-Microflex' CEO SørenJørgensen.
Strong player in niche area
KH-Microflex is an engineering company which designs and produces custom-made machines with the DryFlexo Sleeve processing technology. KH-Microflex is a market leader in positioning devices for flexo plates,and handles large and complex projects at their profitable production plant.
Furthermore KH-Microflex has an in dept knowledge and profitable after sales service. Today they service all DuPont equipment in the Nordic Area, including Degraf equipment as well as their positioning equipment in many regions of the world.
"Our aim is to be the preferred solution provider to the flexo industry worldwide in close cooperation withour OEMs such as Asahi, DuPont, Flint, Kodak, and Mac Dermid. The team at KH-Microflex and managingdirector Søren Jørgensen will actively drive the further development of our flexo activities together with theteams at Degraf in Milan and Nancy", says Keld Thorsen.
Søren Jørgensen continues as Managing Director of KH-Microflex with reference to Glunz & Jensen's CEO Keld Thorsen.
For further information, please contact:
CEO Keld Thorsen
+45 2242 0139
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