Digital textile printer vendor Kornit Digital has expanded its software portfolio with the acquisition of Macclesfield-based Custom Gateway, a developer of Cloud-based workflow software for on-demand production.

Custom Gateway has more than 300 active customers around the world, including fashion retailer Next as well as other sports, fashion and content brands. Its Cloud-based platform is said to suit both B2B and B2C models and to cover all steps in on-demand production. This includes content sourcing or creation, management and display at the front end, complemented by a ‘robust’ order management system and automated routing to production sites, with production tracking and integration with existing IT and workflow/business intelligence software.

‘I am very pleased to announce the acquisition of Custom Gateway as we augment our market-leading capabilities with their powerful software, which we’ve evaluated thoroughly, including via several strategic customers we share,’ said Kornit Digital CEO Ronen Samuel. ‘Brands, retailers, suppliers, and fulfillers of all sizes stand to grow considerably through digital transformation, and with Custom Gateway, Kornit will revolutionise on-demand digital textile production with a unique end-to-end solution, giving us a powerful competitive advantage in the market.’

 ‘We’re excited about bringing these two creative cultures together and know from experience that Kornit and Custom Gateway are built upon a common vision,’ said Andrew Talbot, CEO of Custom Gateway. ‘Together, we will provide global brands and fulfillers optimal control of their business, ensuring swift, socially responsible fulfilment, and in a profitable model that produces and ships orders in real time, without excess inventory or labour.’

Kornit will host a virtual ‘fireside chat’ on 18 August 2020 at 10:30 US Eastern Time (15:30 BST)  to discuss the acquisition of Customer Gateway. Dial-in details and webcast information will be available on the investor relations section of Kornit’s website.