Mimaki Acquires Australian Textile Machine Company

It's got the machines to print on textiles, Mimaki says, and now it owns a company that's been making pre- and postprocessing machines since 1987.

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Japan-based Mimaki, makers of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, announces its acquisition of Rimslow Global Pty. Ltd. of Australia, which manufactures and sells pre- and post-processing equipment for digital textile printing.

Mimaki says in its announcement that for it to continue to grow, it recognizes the need to accelerate the growth of digital printing in the textile/apparel market. “For this reason, as we rebuild our sales and service structures for the TA market, we believe that we must work to obtain know-how relating to all aspects of digital printing in the TA market,” the company wrote.

“Our group has already assembled a full lineup of products that meet the needs of producing areas and consumer territories alike for digital printers, but there is no native know-how on pre- and postprocessing processes such as coating, steaming and water washing. With this acquisition, we will obtain new know-how relating to digital printing pre- and post-processing equipment (including coating machines, steamers, and washers) for the TA market. In doing so, we will be able to carve out a position as the rare digital printer manufacturer with the ability to provide comprehensive solutions for the TA market.”

Mimaki says Rimslow is well-known in the textile printing industry as a pioneer of digital printing pre- and post-processing equipment, and its products are widely distributed.

It was Rimslow, which launched in 1987, that first approached Mimaki about a possible buyout, Mimaki says.

As part of the deal, Mimaki is signing a consulting contract with some of Rimslow’s executives.

Tony Kindelspire

Tony Kindelspire is the digital content editor for RV PRO magazine. He was the former digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics & WRAPS magazines.

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