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Hans Gronhi acquire Shinohara


Printers Superstore at Ipex 2010Drupa saw Shinohara presses – on the Hans Gronhi Stand

Rapidly expanding Chinese press manufacturer Hans Gronhi has announced the takeover of Japanese press manufacturer Shinohara, including all “patents, product technology, high specification machinery and inventory”. The Shinohara range will now be supported in the UK by Gronhi’s agent Printers Superstore. Printers Superstore now becomes Master European Distributor for both the Hans Gronhi and Shinohara press ranges.

Shinohara’s financial difficulties have been apparent for some time and Hans Gronhi saw the logic of acquiring the company and integrating Shinohara B3, B2 and B1 sized presses into its range. New Shinohara presses and spare parts will be made in China after the manufacturing base has been moved from Japan to the Hans Gronhi plant at Yingkou. This process is now being carried out.

Gronhi already produces a range of high quality, high specification machines with the accent on low cost. This formula has bought them success with a rapidly expanding user network in the UK and worldwide. The company strategy moving forward will be to integrate Shinohara into the Gronhi range while maintaining the high quality low cost ethos which has seen them be so successful. In the short term both the Hans Gronhi and Shinohara brands will be maintained.

Hans Gronhi used Drupa to showcase the first “S” Shinohara presses. The new S-79-IVH is a 79cm (B2+) 4 colour press with a sheet size of 790 x 600mm, with high pile delivery. The S-66-IVP is a 66cm (SRA2) 4 colour perfector. Both machines are fully-featured high specification presses which will be available from Printers Superstore in a range of configurations.

The 400m2 stand also showed two Hans Gronhi 52cm machines. The GH525NP is a 5 Colour with swing away numbering and perforating; the GH525UV is a 5 colour shown with UV curing for the first time. The company will also showcase its latest chemical-free CTP thermal system, the HD-1160.


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