Oosterhout, May 2024  -  QIPC-EAE B.V., a global leader in innovative print automation solutions, is pleased to announce the acquisition of 3TControl Precision Systems (3TControl), a Spanish company specializing in closed-loop color register and density control systems. This acquisition represents a 100% share purchase deal, marking a significant milestone in QIPC-EAE's strategic growth and market consolidation efforts.

Strategic consolidation in a challenging market
This acquisition highlights QIPC-EAE's ongoing dedication to innovation and efficiency in the print industry, promising enhanced service and expanded capabilities for customers worldwide. Menno Jansen, Chairman of QIPC-EAE, expressed his enthusiasm about the acquisition: "In a contracting newspaper market, it is crucial to look for ways to consolidate and enhance efficiency. With the integration of the 3TControl team into the QIPC-EAE group, we can offer improved services to our customers. I am particularly pleased to welcome 3TControl to our team." 

Enhanced product portfolio and market reach
With a strong focus on innovation and customer service, QIPC-EAE offers a range of products designed to optimize print quality and production efficiency. Menno Jansen continues: “This acquisition allows QIPC-EAE to expand its product portfolio by adding a "mark-based" system to its offerings, which is particularly suitable for certain emerging markets.” Unlike QIPC-EAE's existing systems that use TIFF files to measure density from the image, 3TControl utilizes a "cloud of dots" approach, eliminating the need for a complex workflow.  

Kurt Übelher, Chief Executive Officer of HKMB, commenting: “The transfer of 3TControl to QIPC-EAE is a consequence of the divestment process within our group to further focus on its core business of publishing and printing newspapers and related services. After many years of involvement and development, I am pleased that with this transfer we were able to ensure the continuation of the company with its brand to serve and support our existing customer base and develop it towards the future, respectively.”  

Perfect alignment of missions
3TControl’s mission is to design and deliver premium print process control products for the newspaper industry with the highest quality vision systems and with new innovations that offer added value and faster ROI. This mission aligns perfectly with QIPC-EAE's commitment to delivering state-of-the-art automation solutions that enhance print quality and operational efficiency. The integration of 3TControl into QIPC-EAE ensures a seamless continuation of this mission, further strengthening QIPC-EAE’s position as a leader in the print automation industry. 

Celebrate this milestone with us at our Drupa stand Hall 16 A08  

About 3TControl Precision Systems
Based in Spain, 3TControl is renowned for its closed-loop color register and density control systems. 3TControl is a VGP/HKMB group company. VGP/HKMB are one of Europe’s leading newspaper publishers and printers with headquarters in Passau, Germany, and Seefeld, Austria.

Menno Jansen welcomes 3TControl to the QIPC-EAE team. Fltr: Julio Latre, Unai Vallejo, Vicente Milán, Menno Jansen, Sergio Barrao

Menno Jansen “This acquisition allows QIPC-EAE to expand its product portfolio by adding a "mark-based" system to its offerings, which is particularly suitable for certain emerging markets.”

About QIPC – EAE:
QIPC – EAE is the result of the acquisition of EAE by Q.I. Press Controls in 2014. Q.I. Press Controls, the number one supplier of innovative, high-quality optical measurement and control systems, joined forces with EAE, the leading supplier of control, automation and software solutions for the printing industry. Supported by a global service network, the QIPC – EAE joint-venture delivers total solutions for web offset presses in the printing industry. From prepress to mailroom, QIPC – EAE provides solutions that not only lead to production reliability, but to enhanced performance as well. 

For more information, go to: www.qipc.com & www.eae.com     

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