MAN Roland Strengthens its Market Presence in Japan
Press release from the issuing company
September 3, 2002 -- MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG and Dainippon Ink & Chemical, Inc. (DIC) announce the change of share ownership of their joint venture, DIC?MANROLAND Co., Ltd., to become 80:20. MAN Roland is strengthening its activities in Japan to enhance customer proximity.
DIC is the largest international producer of printing inks, organic pigments and unsaturated polyester resins. MAN Roland is the world’s second largest manufacturer of printing systems and a subsidiary company of MAN Group, Munich. The MAN group is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of capital goods from the fields of commercial vehicle manufacturing and engineering with 77,000 employees and annual sales of EUR 16 billion.
This step now strengthens MAN Roland’s position in one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced markets for graphic arts products. Among other benefits, MAN Roland will be able to streamline the sales and services processes for its own products all the way from the production facility to the customer. The acquisition also gives the company the opportunity in redefining its business processes. In order to supply the systems meeting various customer needs, MAN Roland is planning to much more strengthen and expand the printing system business in Japan, utilizing DIC’s broad knowledge about pre-press, post-press and printing materials. Today, DIC?MANROLAND already offers Japanese printing companies a wide range of graphic systems, with most of the products made by MAN Roland.
Günter Grass (46), president of DIC?MANROLAND effective July 1, 2002, explained his initial plans: „We’re facing important and challenging times. Now that MAN Roland has an 80% majority interest, the first priority is to integrate into the MAN Roland Group in order to convey a sound, determined image. Japan is the world’s second largest market and therefore immensely important for us. Compared to other regions, however, our market penetration capability has good potential. To meet the needs of Japanese printers, we want to significantly improve our customer orientation, quality assurance, and service competence, and increase our marketing efforts.“
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