Goss acquires Graphic Automation Controls

International printer Goss has acquired Graphic Automation Controls (GAC) in an asset transaction.

Goss International says, the acquisition will provide benefits for both Goss and GAC customers by unifying its aftermarket services network.

It also serves to enhance Goss’ drive and controls upgrade capabilities while strengthening its ability to provide service and parts to OEM equipment other than Goss.

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Tim Mercy, managing director Asia Pacific, Goss International says GAC was founded by ex-Goss employees to upgrade and serviced the legacy equipment.

“They know Goss equipment and design and implement control upgrades to modernize the electronic control systems on ageing Goss press lines. 

“This allows our customers an option to update the existing press equipment to the current design level that can be supported for the next 5-10 years.  Electrical obsolescence is an issue on older machines as it becomes difficult to obtain parts and the controls are not as efficient as those being provided today,” he says.

Stan Blakney, COO, Goss International says, “Goss is focused on growing our aftermarket and service business for our installed base. This is the first of many expansions of those capabilities we see in the near term. Goss’ goal is to become the premier printing solutions and support partner to our customers.”

“Goss is focused on driving a customer first culture, an approach that GAC has fully embraced over the years. The addition of GAC to our portfolio ensures we stay competitive and continue to provide the best possible service for our customers.”

Mercy confirms Goss is looking at other acquisitions to enhance its proficiency, “We are diversifying and looking for avenues to sustain our business and achieve growth.”

GAC focuses on full PLC integration and control systems upgrades for printing and packaging presses. GAC also provides on-site service support, fill in plant maintenance and press audit services. Additionally, GAC specializes in obsolete and hard-to- find electrical parts for the printing and packaging industries.

Goss International supplies presses and finishing systems – including the most automated and productive web offset presses in the world – for magazine, newspaper, catalogue, packaging, direct mail and other printing application. It has an office in Mulgrave, Victoria under the name Goss Graphic Systems. 

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