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Inkmaker Worldwide is a dispensing systems specialist for automating the process of ink, paint and chemical dispensing and mixing. The company last year acquired businesses of Rexson and Vale-tech, more recently, Tecnopails. “More are planned for this year. We are on route to becoming the leading supplier of ink dispensers,” says Andrea Villa, the company’s area sales manager for India.

Italy-headquartered Inkmaker, the dispensing systems specialist for automating the process of ink, paint and chemical dispensing and mixing, has started off the new year with the acquisition of Tecnopails, another Italy-based company, which specialises in the planning, projection and production of plant systems and equipment to dose, label, seal and palletise pails, buckets and cans for various chemical or alimentary products.

The Tecnopails acquisition follows Inkmaker’s acquisition of Rexson and Vale-Tech last October. The Rexson buy included the company’s colour dispensing system business with offices in Europe, North America and the Netherlands, its software developed in-house, and Vale-Tech, which Rexson acquired three years ago. Vale-Tech principally supplies dispensing equipment in the offset, paste and UV liquid and narrow-web sectors.

Christophe Rizzo, CEO of the Inkmaker Group, EMEA and Americas, said, “Tecnopails is a successful filling, sealing and labelling corporation with major clients, its contribution to the Inkmaker Group of companies will prove indispensable in achieving our mission of being a total process engineering consultant and provider.”

Tecnopails will continue its focus on filling, sealing and labelling for the ink, paint and coatings industry as well as for the cosmetics, food, oils, pharmaceuticals and speciality chemicals from its base in Piacenza, in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region and will continue to support its existing customers.

In India, Inkmaker has been present since 2005. The company has more than 2,000 systems deployed worldwide, many of them in India. It collaborates with major ink companies such as Siegwerk India, Flint Group, DIC India, and Uflex, among others.

PrintWeek spoke to Andrea Villa, the company’s area sales manager for India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and ASEAN national, to find out the company’s India plans.

PrintWeek (PW): What does Inkmaker offer to the Indian market?
Andrea Villa (AV): The Inkmaker Group’s core business is in the paint, coatings and ink industry, offering design and manufacturing through to complete engineering studies and turnkey solutions. It includes customised plant engineering and software design, automated dispensing, process equipment from bulk handling to filling lines, point-of-service (POS) equipment, and other related services.

The group’s proprietary software and systems are manufactured in three continents.

PW: Were there any product which was shipped to a customer site in India wherein systems were pre-built to reduce installation time and associated costs? For example, a system which went from crate to dispensing in as little as four or six hours.
AV: Generally, our systems come with ready-to-be-installed or in knockdown easy-to-be-assembled form depending on how big the dispenser. Machine commissioning and on-site installation take between five to 30 days, depending on the size of projects.