Quad/Graphics Buys Paris-Based, Point-of-Sale Display Firm to Aid Retailers, Brand Marketers
SUSSEX, WI—February 12, 2015—Quad/Graphics Inc. (NYSE: QUAD) announced it has acquired Marin’s International, a worldwide leader in the point-of-sale display industry, based in Paris, France. Marin’s is the exclusive licensee of an international patent portfolio covering a variety of display systems, including the popular Lamà created by François L’Hotel that instantly pops open into position with no assembly required.
The acquisition strengthens and expands both companies’ offerings to retailers and brand marketers around the world, including major consumer packaged goods companies. Through Marin’s, Quad/Graphics clients will have additional ways to promote their products or services as part of a global brand campaign. Backed by Quad/Graphics’ financial strength and resources, Marin’s will continue developing new products and services that enhance its value in the marketplace and to its global licensee network.
“Marin’s is a successful, highly respected company whose solutions enhance our existing in-store and large-format marketing solutions,” said Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics chairman, president and CEO. “This acquisition supports our strategies to grow our business globally while enhancing our financial strength and creating shareholder value. Marin’s high-end corrugated displays complement our core print business and represent high-growth potential. The Marin’s team possesses exceptional strength and talent in structural and graphic design, and we look forward to bringing innovative ideas to the global marketplace together.”
“With Marin’s, we expand our ability to help retailers and brand marketers effectively execute campaigns anywhere in the world," added Craig Faust, president of Quad/Graphics’ Commercial and Specialty group. "In turn, we can introduce these premier companies to our leading-edge solutions, including innovative media solutions like interactive print, for further promoting brand awareness and loyalty.”
Marin’s will continue to do business under its existing name and brand mark, and operate autonomously under the direction of Jean-Michel Gaffé, a Marin’s veteran who now serves as general manager and president.
“Marin’s is excited to be part of a financially strong and forward-thinking company like Quad/Graphics, which shares our passion for innovation in the print space,” Gaffé said. “Our companies are a natural and strategic fit with shared values, including taking care of employees and the clients we serve.”
Marin’s will continue to use its own European-based sales force as well as a global network of more than 30 licensees to consultatively sell its patented product portfolio. A number of these licensees in a few countries also manufacture and distribute Marin’s products. Quad/Graphics has been a major manufacturer of Marin’s displays for European markets for the past 10 years.
The acquisition was completed on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Quad/Graphics (NYSE: QUAD), a leading global printer, is redefining print in today’s multichannel media world by helping marketers and publishers capitalize on print’s ability to complement and connect with other media channels. With consultative ideas, worldwide capabilities, leading-edge technology and single-source simplicity, Quad/Graphics has the resources and knowledge to help its clients maximize the revenue they derive from their marketing spend through channel integration, and minimize their total cost of print production and distribution through a fully integrated national distribution network. The Company provides a diverse range of print solutions, media solutions and logistics services from multiple locations throughout North America, Latin America and Europe.