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This is Ricoh leading by example where it Empowers Global Customers to Bring New Value to Their Markets

Ricoh announced on 8 January 2016 that it has reached an agreement to buy AnaJet, the leader in direct to garment (DTG) printing.  AnaJet is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with a staff of 50, it will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc. It will continue to operate under its current name and management team.

This strategic investment acquisition by Ricoh is the latest to strengthen its industrial inkjet business.  It will enable its customers to move forward new ideas and drive imaginative thinking.

The US apparel printing industry is estimated to be worth $6.9 billion.  Suppliers and end users are using digital technology more efficiently to accelerate and personalise both their work and private lives every day.  This is where AnaJet comes in. It enables companies to fulfil these expectations using DTG (direct to garment) printers.  The company has grown into a global market leader and the majority of its products available today leverage Ricoh's market-leading inkjet printheads.

Up to now, Ricoh's experience has focused on office and commercial print technologies.  As part of their plan to bring value to their markets, the addition of the AnaJet portfolio will help Ricoh further its position in the industrial inkjet market. This is a market where Ricoh maintains global leadership in inkjet printhead development.

With AnaJet's solutions combined with the broad Ricoh portfolio, customers will now have the ability to more effectively deliver a broader solution set to their end users.  Over the years, Ricoh has had a number of successful, strategic acquisitions that have helped its customers and partners around the world find new, effective ways to better serve their end users.  AnaJet has led the industry in establishing the trend of direct to garment printing.

Junichi Matsuno is the General Manager of the Inkjet Business Division, Ricoh Company, Ltd. 

He said “With the addition of AnaJet, our collective customers benefit from a larger support team, added innovation and access to a services-led portfolio of solutions to ultimately help them grow their business. AnaJet already possesses a proven reputation as a leader in DTG printing and as such, it is a great complement to Ricoh’s broad portfolio.”

Karl Tipre is the CEO of AnaJet. 

He said “Today we are very pleased to announce that this acquisition will provide our expanding customer base with the services of yet another global leader in Ricoh. We are extremely excited for what lies ahead for the AnaJet brand and our customers.”

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