Printing solutions provider manroland Goss web systems Group acquired GWS Printing Systems of the Netherlands, a specialist in used web offset equipment, the companies announced Dec. 20.

Current owners Eric van Kessel and Walter Donkers will continue as managers of the business. With the acquisition of GWS and France-based service specialist Dovak Industrial Services, MGWS “is making a next important step in the development of its strategy to be the most advanced solution provider to the web offset printing industry,” the company says. MGWS and GWS have already closely cooperated in the field of used equipment, heatset press service and within the Market-X e-commerce platform launched by MGWS last year, MGWS says.

“The acquisition of GWS and DOVAK by MGWS is a logical consequence of the many years of cooperation between the companies and the numerous project successes celebrated between the companies,” said Alexander Wassermann, CEO of manroland Goss. “Teaming our forces and solutions will result in an even broader portfolio to the printing industry worldwide. We expect the used equipment market and related services to grow within the next years, so adding GWS gives us the chance to become an even stronger and broader supplier in this business area.”

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