Ricoh acquires DTG printing specialist AnaJet

Ricoh has announced that it has reached an agreement to buy AnaJet, a leader in direct to garment printing.

This acquisition is the latest strategic investment by Ricoh to strengthen its industrial inkjet business while enabling its customers to move forward with new ideas and dive imaginative thinking.

 Founded in 2006, AnaJet was one of the first companies in the world to mass produce DTG printers.

Today, the company is a global market leader in the DTG industry. The majority of AnaJet products available today leverage Ricoh’s market-leading inkjet printheads.

Ricoh’s experience has focused on office and commercial print technologies. By acquiring AnaJet Ricoh will be able to further its position in the industrial inkjet market.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.

Junichi Matsuno, general manager, inkjet business division, Ricoh, said: “Ricoh has a long history of successful, strategic acquisitions that have helped our customers and partners around the world find new, effective ways to better serve their end users.

“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.”

Karel Tipre, CEO of AnaJet, said: “”At AnaJet, we have led the industry in establishing the trend of direct to garment printing.

“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.”

AnaJet will continue to operate under its current name, management team and capabilities, which currently include more than 50 employees and is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California.

Rob Miller, managing director of sole UK distributor J & B Sewing Machine Co, said: “We are delighted with the news and look forward to continuing the distribution of existing and new AnaJet products.”

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