ITW Acquires Allen Germany
DOWNER’S GROVE, Ill.—Norwood Marking Systems/Allen Coding Systems, a manufacturer of thermal transfer and hot stamp printing equipment, announced that Allen Germany has joined the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) family of companies. This strategic acquisition brings Allen Germany’s strong R&D team into the ITW family and enables Norwood/Allen to continue offering customers the large format thermal transfer printers—the NGT Series—designed and manufactured by Allen Germany.
Based in Würzburg, Germany, Allen Germany designs and manufactures contact coding systems and has established sales and service channels in Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey, as well as Germany.
“When ITW acquired Allen Coding U.K. in 2006, we negotiated with their biggest distributor, Allen Germany, to sell its large format printers worldwide. Now, with the acquisition of Allen Germany, we have an even stronger value proposition and more diversified global operations,” says Larry Kulik, general manager of Norwood. “Customers benefit from our broad product line, which features best-in-class technologies, as well as our extensive service organizations and expanded R&D capabilities.”