Birmingham, UK, 22nd January 2009 – Colour Confidence, Europe’s leading independent colour management specialist, has today announced the successful completion of a deal to purchase grafipress GmbH – a leading supplier to the graphics market and key Pantone distributor in Germany.
grafipress GmbH is Germany’s leading supplier of colour specification and colour management tools to the graphics market. Specialising in the sale of the Pantone publications, in addition to manufacturing the industry recognised DCS books, grafipress provides designers and graphics professionals with the widest possible range of solutions.
“As part of our ongoing drive for European expansion, Colour Confidence has identified the German market as a key territory. The addition of grafipress, a thriving and successful business, provides us with not only a presence in a key European territory, but also significant synergy in terms of customer base and ethos. Colour Confidence sees grafipress’ headquarters in Karlsruhe as the ideal location for a central European hub from where we can continue to develop our European business.” Comments Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director, Colour Confidence.
grafipress GmbH will trade as a separate business unit within Colour Confidence, utilising the complimentary strengths of each company to deliver improved logistics, customer service and an expanded product range.
“grafipress has continually sought to deliver all the solutions necessary for the graphics professional” comments Michael Mende, Founder, grafipress. “The combined strengths of grafipress and Colour Confidence will not only ensure that this continues, but provide the additional resources needed to offer our customers an improved product portfolio and the benefits of buying from a truly European organisation.”
Effective immediately, Stefan Zrenner, originally from Nürnberg, and a long-standing member of the Colour Confidence management team will become the new Managing Director of grafipress. “I am delighted to accept the role of Managing Director of grafipress, and very much look forward to working with customers and suppliers to build on our success.”
About Colour Confidence
Colour Confidence drives the demystification of colour management. Europe’s leading independent specialist, we offer the industry’s largest product range, plus education and consultancy services, to a diverse customer base, from imaging enthusiasts to multinational enterprises and government departments. Buy in-store through the Europe-wide ColorStore network or direct from www.colourconfidence.com
grafipress – founded in 1996 – is Germany’s leading mail order house for the graphics art industry. Specialising in colour specification and colour management tools to the graphics market it is also one of Pantone’s key distribution partners for the German marketplace. grafipress also manufacturers its own range of CMYK-tables and publications under the DCS brand and provides designers and graphics professionals with the widest possible range of solutions. For more information visit www.grafipress.de