manroland Goss and GWS Printing Systems BV, the global leader in the used printing equipment market, have announced their acquisition of Galred Europe BV, a renowned and established trading house in the used packaging industry focusing on flexo, rotogravure, pouch making and extruding equipment. The strategic move marks a significant milestone in GWS’s mission to expand its presence and offerings in the used equipment sector that now includes packaging.
Galred has built a solid reputation over the years for providing used equipment packaging solutions to a wide range and international customer base. By combining Galred’s expertise with GWS’s global reach and extensive network, the acquisition creates a powerhouse in the used graphic equipment market, poised to deliver unparalleled value and service to customers worldwide.
The integration of Galred into the manroland Goss Group, in particular the GWS family, will leverage the strengths and synergies of both companies, allowing for enhanced operational efficiency, increased product diversity, and improved customer support. The acquisition reinforces GWS’s commitment to being a comprehensive solution provider in the used equipment industry, offering a one-stop-shop experience for clients seeking reliable, cost-effective packaging solutions.
“We are thrilled to welcome Galred to the GWS family,” said Daniel Constandse, commercial director of GWS. “Their deep industry knowledge, strong customer relationships, and track record of excellence perfectly align with our vision for growth and innovation.” Roy Tsur, managing director of Galred adds, “Together, we will be able to offer an even broader range of solutions for the used packaging industry, enabling our customers to meet their business needs efficiently and sustainably.”
Customers can expect a seamless transition as GWS and Galred work diligently to integrate their operations and leverage their combined strengths. The acquisition signifies GWS’s pledge to continuously innovate and adapt to evolving market needs, ensuring that clients receive the highest level of service and value. “The acquisition of Galred as add-on to our used equipment specialist GWS will allow manroland Goss to further expand our footprint in the hands-on used equipment market,” says Franz Kriechbaum, CEO of manroland Goss, “and it demonstrates another strategic milestone in the Group’s favourable development.”
GWS Printing Systems is a global supplier of premium webfed offset presses, auxiliaries and related systems to the printing industry. Over the past 30+ years, GWS has developed from a traditional trading company to a highly specialised provider of technical project solutions. This includes services for engineering, project management, installation, training and after-sales service. GWS is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of wed offset printing press manufacturer manroland Goss.
With over 30 years of experience, Galred is one of the biggest traders for second-hand equipment in the flexible packaging industry worldwide. From their office in the Netherlands, they help clients buy or sell used machines in every part of the world. Over the years, Galred managed to set a name in the flexible packaging industry as being a reliable partner with a broad expertise. Through the extensive database with over 15.000 contacts worldwide and a website, attracting thousands of visitors a month it has a very extensive reach in the industry.