Automation systems and consumables manufacturer Baldwin has acquired vision inspection systems PC Industries.
Headquartered in Gurnee, US, PC Industries (PCI) is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art vision inspection systems for the printing, converting, packaging, pharmaceutical and security printing industries.Founded by Jack Woolley in 1975, PC Industries’ products are complementary to Baldwin’s offerings.
“The integration of PC Industries’ will add scale to our broader vision business by opening up new customer opportunities and enhancing our ability to provide further capabilities to our existing customers,” said Baldwin CEO Brent Becker.
PC Industries is Baldwin’s fourth acquisition since joining the BW Forsyth Partners’ family of companies in 2012. In 2014, Baldwin acquired Web Printing Controls and in January 2017, LED UV curing technology provider Air Motion Systems. Earlier this month, they completed the acquisition of Ahlbrandt Systems GmbH.
Following the AMS acquisition, a new division within Baldwin combined AMS with Baldwin’s UV division and rebranded as AMS Spectral UV.
The AMS LED UV product portfolio is used for LED curing in sheetfed offset printing and flexo packaging and the firm has a strong partnership with KBA. Baldwin claims that AMS’ installed base is nearly 10 times that of its nearest competitor.
Baldwin is part of the Barry-Wehmiller family of companies, which have a combined turnover of $2bn (£1.58bn). Baldwin’s own turnover was not disclosed but Keogh said AMS was roughly the same size and therefore Baldwin’s turnover has doubled following the acquisition.