manroland and Océ form Strategic Alliance in Inkjet Sector

OFFENBACH, GERMANY/VENLO, THE NETHERLANDS—Dec. 1, 2010—manroland AG, one of the world’s leading suppliers of offset printing systems, and Océ Printing Systems, a leading manufacturer of digital high-performance continuous-feed printing systems, have reached an understanding on global cooperation in the area of inkjet-based digital printing solutions for the graphic arts industry.

Starting 2011, manroland and Océ will offer total digital printing solutions aimed at the graphic arts industry, solutions that will include consulting, systems, services and materials provided by a single source. The companies will supply solutions that cover all of the manufacturing steps within the graphic arts industry by combining print data management and digital and offset printing, as well as post processing.

The main beneficiaries of the cooperation will be printing operations, which will be able to select optimum future-oriented technology and workflow solutions after being jointly advised by manroland and Océ. Both companies complement each other and are thus able to obtain competitive advantages from this cooperation.

manroland will make its entry into digital printing and build up its own digital printing competence step-by-step. Océ will receive access to new customer segments and will therefore have the opportunity to considerably extend its market share in the graphic arts industry.

Inkjet production systems are increasingly being used as a supplement to offset printing for small runs and just-in-time production with medium quality demands. Here they offer cost advantages and permit fast throughput times. Areas of application include books, advertising inserts, catalogs and brochures.

manroland possesses profound expertise in the development and manufacturing of high-productivity offset technologies as well as in the associated post processing and finishing systems. Océ has experience in the fields of system integration, workflow management, and variable high-performance data printing. Until now, customers were forced to marry these differing technologies together themselves. Therefore solutions that were ideal both from the technological and business perspective were not possible. manroland provides Océ access to the graphic arts industry through its distribution network.

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