Goss, Manroland to Combine; Contiweb to Become Independent

| March 2, 2018

Goss International’s printing press business and manroland web systems—both manufacturers and service providers of web offset printing systems for newspapers, commercial products and packaging—are planning to combine their complementary businesses.The combined company will benefit from the companies’ complementary geographic footprints, create extensive synergies, ensure long-term viability, and provide value-oriented solutions, especially in the area of aftermarket services. Subject to regulatory approval, the merger is expected to be completed by the middle of 2018. The Contiweb business of Goss International is not included in this transaction.

Alexander Wasserman, CEO of manroland, says that manroland is on the path for continued success. “We want to continue to develop this path by creating synergies, fostering the further development of our R&D activities and strengthening our innovation focus. Our customers will be able to choose from a wider portfolio of products and services.”

Mohit Uberoi, CEO of Goss says, “This combination will enable us to achieve extensive synergies that will help us optimally serve our customers into the future. The combination will strive to provide a best-in-class product offering and customer service.”

The current shareholders of Goss, American Industrial Partners, and of manroland, Possehl Group (Lübeck), will continue to co-own the combined company.

The new company will rely on the combined expertise of its employees and will further continue its activities in the fields of web printing systems, services, consumables and system components for the newspaper, commercial, packaging and digital printing markets. In addition to the new machinery and service business, the expansion of the business with retrofits and upgrades, and the systematic expansion of e-commerce activities will be major areas of focus.

The new combined company has the common goal is to support the performance of its customers with the best-of-best approach of both Goss and manroland web systems printing. The combination will not impact any current business of both companies. The transaction is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

Contiweb, a specialist in state-of-the-art technologies for advanced drying and web-handling products for printing, plans to formalize its separation and operate as an independent company. After the Goss/manroland transaction closes, Contiweb will become a separate company under the ownership of American Industrial Partners (AIP) with operations headquartered in Boxmeer, Netherlands.

As an independent company, Contiweb will continue its growth agenda in becoming the premier ancillary supplier for Commercial and Digital Inkjet printing applications and press supplier for label and packaging applications. In addition, Contiweb will also continue its strong focus on product lifetime support by offering its full suite of aftermarket solutions for customers

Bert Schoonderbeek, managing director at Contiweb, sees this development as a natural step, following the Contiweb repositioning in 2016. “We will continue to build upon our successful relationship with both Goss and manroland and are looking forward to continuing the cooperation as a strong partner of the combined company as we pursue other diversification opportunities. Contiweb’s separation marks a new era for further growth of the company.”

Until the transaction closes, sales and service channels will remain unchanged.

For more information, visit www.gossinternational.com or www.contiweb.com.

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