Kirwan flags acquisition strategy

Roller Poster and Foxcil owner Roger Kirwan has combined his printers under the one title, calling his restructured company Kirwan Print Group, in a move he says will welcome more acquisitions to the group.

Kirwan told ProPrint his restructure flags an intention to acquire more companies after he rescued collapsed poster printer Roller Poster from liquidation in July.

“The brand names Foxcil and Roller Poster will always be there, but the umbrella company Kirwan Print Group positions us for future growth and the ability to slot in more entities and products,” says Kirwan.

“Clients won’t directly deal with the Kirwan Print Group brand. We have brought in a holding company to restructure it under the new name but it is not client facing.”

Since his takeover of Roller Poster this year, Kirwan says he has had an eye on potential acquisitions to add to his business. Kirwan’s strong suit has long been label printing however he says in a dynamic industry there is always room for diversification.

“We still have strong brand awareness with Foxcil and Roller Poster, so the corporate restructure is a strategy to help the company add new products for our print buyers in the future,” adds Kirwan.

Kirwan’s long history in print includes a stint at embattled print giant Geon after he served as general manager for Kiwi Labels, and shifting to general manager for operations shortly ahead of its ill-fated collapse in 2013. Before coming into prominence in print Kirwan worked at a large flexographic firm called Mainguard Packaging.

The New Zealand-born print veteran also had a short tenure at Opus Group as national operations for publishing before starting Foxcil in late 2012.

Kirwan Print Group also comprises online retailer suddensigns.com which sells off-the-shelf retail solutions such as labels, stickers and rolls. 

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