18 November 2018 Digital Printing Technologies

ColorGate buy will strengthen Ricoh's industrial hand

Ricoh is continuing to build a portfolio of hardware and software as a platform for growth in industrial printing.

Ricoh is buying inkjet Rip and workflow provider ColorGate, two weeks after buying direct to surface inkjet technology LAC.

ColorGate has been developing Rips for wider format inkjet printing from a base in Hanover for more than 20 years. While the company has continued to develop the Rip (the current version is V10), it has also developed expertise in colour management and workflow. It is this combination that has attracted Ricoh's interest.

At the Imprint show in Milan this week, ColorGate will show a workflow for capturing surface information about solid objects using a high speed scanner, creating the digital form and understanding how to manage the print across the surface. In Ricoh's growing industrial inkjet portfolio, this will mean driving the LAC printer for decorating cars, aircraft and other large structures. It has developed software to measure cylindrical objects such as cans and tubes.

A week after the event in Milan shuts its door, ColorGate is scheduled to become a Ricoh subsidiary.

The acquisition fits into the Ricoh Ignite strategy to build its presence across all areas of interest for inkjet technology using its Gen5 piezo printheads.

Peter Williams, corporate vice president and general manager of commercial an industrial printing group, says: “By combining ColorGate’s proprietary software technology with out own industrial prints, Ricoh will provide solutions covering the whole printing workflow from prepress to post press.”

A first opportunity will be to integrate the Rip with the new T7210 flatbed printers, the first that Ricoh has developed itself, as well as its roll to roll latex machines.

Gareth Ward

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Ricoh's acquisition of ColorGate fits neatly into its Ricoh Ignite strategy to build the company's presence across all areas of interest for inkjet technology using its Gen5 piezo printheads.

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