Starleaton acquires Uniscreen Australia

Starleaton has completed the acquisition of Uniscreen Australia, adding Coldenhove sublimation papers to its product line up.

Starleaton says the acquisition began with talks to Uniscreen owner, CEO Ross Clarke to take over Uniscreen’s Australian distribution, and that the Starleaton team has been undergoing extensive training on the new range to begin the immediate introduction to their customers.

Ben Eaton, CEO, Starleaton, says, “Coldenhove are the industry leaders and inventors of digital sublimation transfer printing papers, so to be able to add their range to our current offering is a real bonus for us. With the Epson F-series, EFI FabriVu, and Georg+Otto Friedrich fabrics already covering the direct to fabric market for us, a quality transfer paper was the missing link.

“Starleaton is a brand-focused business. Uniscreen have been agents for Coldenhove for many years, and we wanted to bring that into the stable. The opportunity came up to pick up the business, and negotiations went on last year and were finalised at Christmas.

“We had a gap in our range for a sublimation transfer papers, and have been seeking the right fit.

“For Starleaton and Uniscreen customers, the acquisition means access to sublimation papers nationally. Uniscreen only had one warehouse in Sydney, with third-party solutions in Melbourne. Starleaton has locations all across Australia for ease of access, and our colour management applications team. We are focused on improving access to good colour management in the textile space.

“It is still yet to be decided whether Uniscreen Australia staff will join, as the parent company still operates in New Zealand. There are no plans to acquire the New Zealand business.”

Starleaton says it will continue to supply the full range of Kiian inks and Transmatic heat presses.

“Existing customers of Uniscreen Australia should see a seamless transition to Starleaton, and the range will be introduced to Starleaton’s existing customers over the course of the coming months.”

Starleaton acquired colour solution specialist DES in 2016, increasing its workforce and turnover substantially.

Established in 2004, the Australian arm of the Uniscreen group is primarily focused on supplying sublimation papers and inks.

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