Orafol buys Qld distributor

Orafol Europe has acquired Australian Graphic Supplies (AGS) for an undisclosed sum to complete its national distribution footprint.

The buy comes two months after Orafol bought its Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth distributors.

The company AGS is not to be confused with Australian Graphic Servicing, also known as AGS.

Following recent acquisitions of all other Orafol state-based distributors, the AGS acquisition provides Orafol with a national distribution footprint that it says will allow the business to forge stronger, direct-supply and advanced technical support relationships with its customers.

The AGS (QLD) Graphic Innovations team will be relocated into Orafol’s new 4,000sqm distribution centre in Ormeau, south of Brisbane. The business unit will operate alongside the company’s Reflective Solutions division, which focuses on vehicle conspicuity, traffic control and personal safety materials.

The AGS (NSW) team will continue to operate out of the Sydney distribution centre in Eastern Creek.

Orafol Australia distributes leading brands of wide-format equipment, inks, substrates and accessories alongside the full line of self-adhesive films, supported by a national team of over 60 staff. The company says factory-direct pricing and a new ERP-integrated e-commerce platform will cement Orafol’s position as a top-tier supplier to Australian sign makers and digital printers.

Orafol Europe has appointed Greg Nicholls and Anthony Kioussis, two industry veterans with a combined 44 years’ experience in the sign and graphics industry, to lead the integration of their Australian group of companies, as managing director and marketing and sales director, respectively.

The Orafol Group is a leading manufacturer of graphic products, reflective materials and adhesive tapes. Headquartered in Oranienburg, Germany, Orafol has evolved into a global player with manufacturing and distribution units around the world. “The focus on the Australian market is part of a consistent strategy aimed at dynamic growth, innovative products and a dedication to customer needs, which in turn has become the basis of Orafol’s continued global success. We will continue to look for opportunities to increase our global presence either through acquisition or expansion.” said Dr Holger Loclair, managing director of Orafol Europe.

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