Avon, CT—Ilford, a developer and manufacturer of professional-quality media for inkjet printing, graphic arts and color photographic processes, acquired CMA Graphix Group (cmagraphix.com), a provider of inkjet papers across Europe and America.
As a result, Ilford will now directly supply CMA customers with a portfolio of products offered under the brand. To further strengthen the proofing knowledge base within the organization, Gerardo Cerros, managing director of CMA Graphix, will join Ilford as its new chief technology officer, Color Management. In this position, Cerros will drive the proofing business unit to offer the market an end-to-end print production solution.
The acquisition follows a recent announcement naming Ilford as product licensee for the Kodak MatchPrint inkjet proofing media range. To further enhance the offering to Kodak MatchPrint customers, Ilford also acquired color management solution provider Colorportal (www.colorportal.eu). Rebranded as Ilford Professional Solutions, the new business unit will offer customers a consultancy service to ensure they optimize their end-to-end print production process for offset and digital printing. The process standardization services will include media, software and hardware sales.
“The acquisition of CMA is a direct result of the company’s medium-term strategic plan to offer a full service solution to the proofing and print production market. I am delighted to have acquired CMA Graphix, who has long been an invaluable customer for us,” said Paul Willems, CEO at Ilford. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to provide CMA customers the reliable range of products that they’ve become accustomed too, and very much look forward to working closely with Gerardo Cerros in his new role at Ilford, to build our portfolio and position us as a proofing knowledge base in the marketplace.”
“I am honored to come on board with Ilford during this exciting time of growth and acquisition,” added Cerros. “I am confident that CMA Graphix customers will only find their service enhanced and I am thrilled to join forces with an industry-leader such as Ilford to provide customers with the tools they need for optimal end-to-end print production.” ilford.com