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Ricoh Announces Acquisition of Industrial Printing Software ColorGATE

Recently, Ricoh Corporation announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions Co., Ltd., a leading software supplier in the printing industry with specific capabilities for color management. The acquisition aims to strengthen Ricoh’s growing industrial printing salesperson.

ColorGATE was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Hanover, Germany. It has supported the printing industry for more than 20 years by providing software for the wide and industrial printing industry. With its extensive customer base, ColorGATE is the European leader in industrial printing software. It has a unique color management technology that supports printing and decorating a variety of materials for packaging, floor and wall coverings as well as textiles and signs. It is a leading supplier of performance-optimized color management and workflow software that standardizes and automates the digital printing market, including decoration and textiles.

In February this year, Ricoh unveiled its growth strategic plan “RICOH Ignite”, which aims to strengthen its product value by expanding its printing technology portfolio. ColorGATE’s investment is the latest part of the program.


Ricoh’s previous acquisitions:

1. Ricoh to Acquire Cloud Billing Management Software Provider Simplifies business-to-business transactions through the digital estimation, billing, and receipt management workflows

2. Force Industrial Inkjet Printing Ricoh Acquires Industrial Printing Manufacturer LAC

3. ready-made T-shirt digital printing machine adds a new boss Ricoh acquires AnaJet

To strengthen its industrial printing business, Ricoh recently established the “Global Intellectual Property Technology Center” and “Global Intellectual Property Marketing Center”. It is worth noting that both are located in Europe, which is increasingly becoming an incubation center for the industrial printing market. This allows for cutting-edge technology and improved responsiveness to market demands. These centers aim to drive marketing, strategic planning, and business and product development through Ricoh’s global alliance partners.

“By combining ColorGATE’s proprietary software technology with our industrial printers, Ricoh will provide the entire spectrum from prepress to post press,” said Peter Williams, vice president and general manager of the Ricoh Commercial and Industrial Printing Business Group. Solutions for printing workflows. This acquisition will enable ColorGATE to expand its industrial printing and global operations, while at the same time, we can better support our customers to accelerate their transition from analog to digital production.

ColorGATE co-founder Thomas Kirchner, who will continue to be CEO, commented, “We are pleased to have been selected by Ricoh to contribute to this strong future strategy, and we will continue to serve our customer base, OEMs. Partners and distributors provide service channels. ”


About Ricoh

Ricoh is using innovative technologies and services to support the digital workplace and empower individuals to work smarter. For over 80 years, Ricoh has been driving innovation and is a leading supplier of document management solutions, IT services, commercial and industrial printing, digital cameras, and industrial systems. The Ricoh Group is headquartered in Tokyo and has operations in approximately 200 countries and regions. For the fiscal year ending March 2018, Ricoh Group’s global sales were 2,063 billion yen (roughly $ 19.4 billion).


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