Ricoh Europe has announced the acquisition of Netherlands-based Albyco, which specialises in finishing solutions for a broad variety of print related products for label, signage and packaging applications. The integration of Albyco into Ricoh’s suite of products enhances the latter’s end-to-end print solutions with an extended range of finishing capabilities.

The agreement will see Ricoh add Albyco’s workforce to its business, complementing existing expertise and capabilities. Albyco’s managing director Jos van Uum will remain in his current role. Albyco customers may expect continued support and an expanded range of solutions as Ricoh integrates Albyco’s capabilities into its portfolio.

Eef de Ridder, vice president graphic communications group, commented, ‘We are seeing growing demand for top-tier finishing capabilities in wide-format and inkjet/toner printing at a commercial scale, and rising interest from clients seeking end-to-end integrated solutions. Albyco’s strong reputation and proven track record in the graphic communications business makes it an excellent addition to the Ricoh family, further strengthening our collective capabilities.’

Jos van Uum, managing director at Albyco, added, ‘We are delighted to join forces with Ricoh and contribute our expertise to a company with a rich tradition of technological advancements and customer-centric solutions. This collaboration presents a tremendous opportunity to leverage synergies, drive innovation and deliver even greater value to our customers. I am pleased that we found in Ricoh the best possible home to support our customers and talented teams in the next phase of their journey.’

Founded in 1994, Albyco has expanded its offering to include its own brand of supplies and machines, including binding, laminating and signage-related equipment. It has a strong presence in the Dutch market for print finishing products, and exports print finishing solutions, machines, and consumables to customers in France, Belgium, Germany, and Sweden. Additionally, it  is the exclusive importer of brands Duplo and GMP for the Netherlands.