Agfa, xpedx Dissolve Distribution Relationship
RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ—Agfa Corp. and xpedx announced a joint decision to bring an end to their long-standing relationship. Effective Feb. 28, 2011, xpedx will cease its distribution of Agfa-branded graphics products in the United States.
Management of both companies have agreed on a transition plan and timetable to avoid disruptions of service and support to customers. This effort will ensure a continuous supply of printing products to customers.
The decision follows Agfa’s acquisition of The Pitman Co., a distributor to the graphic communications industry. The goal of the Pitman acquisition was to allow Agfa to expand into new addressable markets.
Also, Eastman Kodak named xpedx its primary national dealer. Kodak terminated Pitman’s right to distribute Kodak products Oct. 5, 2010.
xpedx says it will minimize impact to customers two ways: by helping customers integrate solutions from other manufacturers or transition to alternative sources for Agfa plates and graphic consumables. Customers will be able to purchase Agfa products from other regional dealers and from Pitman, Agfa’s distribution company.