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Oce To Acquire Gretag Pro Imaging Division

Acquisition includes wide-format inkjets, lasers By Dave Nagel
Oce today announced it will acquire the Professional Imaging Division of Gretag Imaging Group Inc. The Imaging Group, which manufactures products for wide format color inkjet and photo laser printing, includes Raster Graphics, Onyx Graphics, Cymbolic Sciences and ANAgraph.

Products included in the acquisition will be the Arizona family of wide-format inkjet printers; Onyx PosterShop, a wide-format software RIP; the LightJet family of wide-format laser printers; and PosterGenie workflow software.

Under the agreement Oce will purchase the shares of Raster Graphics, the holding company for the Professional Imaging Group based in the United States, as well as the business-related assets of Raster Graphics' subsidiaries in Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Following the planned merger, the group will be assimilated into Oce's Wide Format Printing Systems unit and will be called Oce Display Graphics Systems. Rak Kumar will continue to manage the new Oce Display Graphics Systems organization as its CEO. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the Gretag Professional Imaging Division had 2000 revenues of $105 million. The group has 450 employees.
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