Ypsilanti's Electronics for Imaging Acquires UK Dye Company

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Electronics for Imaging’s ink business, based in Ypsilanti, has acquired the United Kingdom-based inkjet dye company Rialco Limited. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The deal … gives Electronics for Imaging the platform to accelerate the technical advantages we provide to customers in the textile, signage, ceramics, and other industries that are rapidly transitioning from analog to digital printing,” says Stephen Emery, vice president of Electronics for Imaging’s ink business.

Emery says Rialco will now operate as part of Electronics for Imaging’s industrial inkjet business, and its employees will remain in Bedford, north of London. Rialco, which has about 15 employees, makes purified dyes for inkjet inks that are sold to various inkjet ink manufacturers, and will continue to serve that client base. All of Rialco’s employees have been retained.    

“Being part of Electronics for Imaging gives us an important opportunity to continue growing our offerings … of advanced industrial ink products,” says Paul Davies, co-founder of Rialco and current director of Electronics for Imaging | Rialco.

Silicon Valley-based Electronics for Imaging, with more than 3,000 employees, has three business units: Inkjet Solutions (which makes printers and inks); Productivity Solutions (which makes print workflow software); and Fiery (which makes digital front ends/server systems for digital printers and presses).

UV-cured and LED-cured inkjet inks used in signage, packaging, and other digital printing applications, as well as a new inkjet line for ceramic tile digital print decoration, are manufactured at Electronic for Imaging’s facility in Ypsilanti. â€‹

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