Drent Goebel Acquires Majority Shareholding in RDP Marathon
MONTREAL, Canada- Drent Goebel has acquired Canada's RDP Marathon. Following the merger of Drent and Goebel in 2001 and the acquisition of Giebeler in 2003 this step will further strengthen Drent Goebel's position, especially in the US and Canadian markets.
RDP Marathon, based in Montreal, Canada, has built a very strong reputation in the North American market with soundly built machines. RDP has a large market share especially in the commercial printing market for long runs. RDP builds the V-series blanket to steel and the P-series blanket to blanket machines for this market. These presses with web widths up to 965 mm (38-inch) will fit perfectly into the extensive Drent Goebel portfolio.
Synergy for both sides
According to Rob Teunissen, C.E.O. of Drent Goebel, the success of Drent Goebel's Variable Sleeve Offset Printing (VSOP) press in the North-American market makes this step as logical as it is necessary. "We already had our own service and sales organization in Chicago. Looking at the potential of the VSOP in the North-American market, this acquisition was the best possible way to strengthen our organization. RDP Marathon is the perfect partner for this, having not only a particularly good reputation in the market, but also outstanding presses with a large installed base and a fully tooled-up sales, service and manufacturing organization."
Eric Short, President of RDP Marathon, is also particularly delighted that two leading players in the global market will be adding to each other's strengths, working together from now on. "What we are going to achieve is synergy between the two companies. I know that it is a much abused word, but it states exactly the strength of our collaboration. Both companies have their roots in designing and building durable and innovative presses. Drent Goebel is strong in Europe and in up-and-coming markets such as Asia. We serve Canada and the United States with our sales and service. A perfect match."