US-based Baldwin Technology Company (Baldwin) has acquired QuadTech, and will unite it with its web printing controls and PC Systems under the banner of Baldwin Vision Systems.

For New Zealand and Australia, WRH Global will remain the local distributor for QuadTech.

Ian Martin, general manager Trade, WRH Global says, “There will be no change for Australian customers. While Baldwin Technology distributes its own products, WRH Global will continue to sell the QuadTech range.

“QuadTech is the market leader in press controls and colour control. It is the largest install base in Australia and New Zealand. There are a lot of opportunities for upgrades.”

Baldwin will unite QuadTech with two of its existing divisions – Web Printing Controls and PC Industries – creating a global platform that will operate as Baldwin Vision Systems.

Baldwin says, “The resulting combination of businesses and technology will represent the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio available for print process automation, inspection and related services.”

The company says, “Karl Fritchen, president, QuadTech will lead the new Baldwin segment, which brings together the best and brightest global talent and capabilities in the industry. Product technologies will span closed-loop automation for registration, inking, colour management, web handling and 100 per cent inspection for the commercial, newspaper, labels, packaging, converting and publication gravure industries.”

Fritchen says, “The combination of products and expertise held within both companies will enable us to reach areas of the market we were unable to reach individually. From an international operations and market perspective, each party’s strengths are highly complementary. This is definitely a situation where we can accomplish much more together than we could have as independent companies.”

Brent Becker, president, CEO, Baldwin says, “QuadTech will serve as a catalyst for the formation of our new Baldwin Vision Systems segment, which will greatly enhance Baldwin’s ability to provide an even more comprehensive automation portfolio for our customers around the world.

“Together, we provide our customers an unmatched portfolio in commercial and newspaper automation, and I am excited about the additional capabilities we will gain in the packaging markets. The work QuadTech has done recently on colour within the packaging market clearly places us as the industry leader, and we have aggressive plans to build upon that position. I fully expect that our combined global presence, coupled with a new tiered product offering, will position the company to further satisfy our customers’ needs in an even larger geographical area.”

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