Epson to acquire Italian textile printer manufacturer

Epson global president Minoru Usui (second from right) with (from left) Sandro, Valerio and Riccardo Robustelli
Epson global president Minoru Usui (second from right) with (from left) Sandro, Valerio and Riccardo Robustelli

Epson Italia has agreed to acquire 100% of Robustelli, a leader in the textile printing industry.

The aim of this agreement is to drive synergies and further increase customer value by expanding the scope of the two companies’ longstanding collaboration in digital inkjet textile printing.

The entry of Robustelli into the Epson Group will allow it to leverage Epson’s manufacturing capability to bring the advantages of its digital inkjet textile printers to more customers around the world. The move will assist Epson in using Robustelli’s expertise to accelerate the development of digital inkjet textile printers that further enhance the companies’ abilities to meet customer needs with a wider line-up of products. As part of the enhanced acceleration, the two companies plan to focus on joint R&D efforts to achieve this goal.

Sunao Murata, COO of Epson’s professional printing operations division, is scheduled to be appointed as president of Robustelli.

He said: “This is a very exciting development for the Epson Group. As the market for high-quality digital textile printing expands, I believe that formalising our partnership with Robustelli in this way puts us in a great place to meet the needs of the growing numbers of customers who are seeking to leverage the advantages of advanced digital solutions that will help drive their businesses forward. We will work closely with our colleagues at Robustelli to take Monna Lisa to the next level and remain leaders in the field.”

Valerio Robustelli, one of the proprietors of Robustelli, added: “We are happy and proud to become members of the Epson Group. Our co-operation with Epson led to the development of Monna Lisa, an industrial digital textile printer that is today a market benchmark for high-quality textile printing. The combination of our respective skills is the natural conclusion of a process of innovation to satisfy customers in Italy and the rest of the world.”

Robustelli specialises in the development, manufacture and sale of digital inkjet textile printers, most notably the Monna Lisa series which is began developing with Epson in 2003. This product has established a strong brand image by providing beautiful gradations and colour reproduction.

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