EFI Acquires Cretaprint: Expands Inkjet Focus to Ceramic Tile Printing.
"We have been tracking the swift transformation from analog to digital technology in tile imaging for quite some time.”
EFI has announced that it has acquired Cretaprint S.L., a developer of inkjet printers for ceramic tile printing. The privately held Cretaprint is based in Castellón, Spain; it will remain an independent business unit of EFI.
“As evidenced by our record revenues, we are benefitting from strong traction in our industrial inkjet segment and are excited about expanding into the ceramic tile market, which represents a tremendous growth opportunity for EFI,” says Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. “We have been tracking the swift transformation from analog to digital technology in tile imaging for quite some time, and have been deeply impressed with the fast growth and global leadership position of Cretaprint.”
Cretaprint lists several inkjet-related products on its website, including: the Cretaprinter and Cretacompact systems; the Cretaplotter, for samples and specialty pieces; and a Cretavision recognition relief system.
EFI plans to strengthen Cretaprint’s operations in Spain, to further their expertise and innovation within the tile industry and to grow their market presence. “The ceramic tile industry can greatly benefit from our innovative portfolio of technologies,” says Ghilad Dziesietnik, EFI’s chief technology officer. “We look forward to sharing our success with Cretaprint’s 1700-plus global customer network and expanding their talented employee base.”
“We are extremely excited to join EFI and look forward to leveraging EFI’s Silicon Valley high-tech DNA, inkjet expertise, workflow, and color management,” says Victor Blasco, CEO of Cretaprint. “EFI’s global presence will accelerate the adoption of our digital technology across the globe and especially in emerging markets.”