Goss and manroland finalise merger

Web-fed giants manroland Web Systems and Goss International are completing their combination, with the new company now dominating the market as the largest web offset manufacturer, operating under the new name manroland Goss web systems.

Alexander Wassermann, CEO of manroland web systems, will go on to lead manroland Goss, with its global headquarters being in Augsburg Germany. Mohit Uberoi, previous CEO of Goss International, will stay connected with the business as a board member and assist the management team with business integration.

The shareholders of manroland web systems and Goss International, the Lübeckbased Possehl Group and NY-based American Industrial Partners (AIP) respectively, will both remain shareholders of the new company.

The Contiweb business as well as the manroland web production business are not included in this transaction, and will stay independent as AIP and Possehl portfolio companies, respectively.

In Australia manroland is the dominant web press manufacturer with almost 100 per cent of the market in recent years. Its latest presses include two 80pp Lithomans for the new Franklin Web site in NSW.

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In contrast, it has been many summers since a new Goss press was installed, however local Goss owners have been upgrading their existing presses. Other web press manufacturers KBA, Komori, TKS and Mitsubishi have had virtually no Australian orders.

Alexander Wassermann, CEO of manroland Goss web systems, says, "Both manroland web systems and Goss International were on a sustainable path to success. We will strengthen this path by increasing our global reach, continuing our innovative and focused R&D activities, and enhancing our market presence through targeted consolidation.

“Our customers will be able to choose from an even broader portfolio of products and services, supported by the industry leading e-commerce platform MARKET-X.”

manroland Goss web systems will concentrate on four main business areas: System Solutions (highly automated press and post-press equipment including pre-owned offerings, press relocations), Engineered Solutions (mechanical, automation and closed-loop solutions for all types of presses), Service Solutions (best-in-class service in parts, labor, tele-support and performance based service agreements) and E-Commerce Solutions (electronic marketplace for efficient ordering and logistics performance for all suppliers to the web offset industry).

The amalgamation results in the new company having more than 1000 employees internationally.

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