31 July 2013
Malahide acquired by U.S.-based Spartanics
VANCOUVER—Malahide Hot Stamping Presses, a Canadian manufacturer, has been acquired by Spartanics, an American company specializing in card-making equipment and laser cutting systems.

According to Spartanics, the acquisition boosts its line of full sheet and roll-fed hot stamping systems with Malahide's smaller hot stamping machines. The devices add security foil features, signature panels and full colour graphics to financial transaction cards, paper cards, loyalty and membership cards, ribbons and more.

From left: Bill Gillen, chief operating officer of Spartanics; Paul Birch, Malahide sales director; Tom O'Hara, president of Spartanics; Tom Kleeman, chief executive officer of Spartanics

Malahide's technology will now be engineered, manufactured, sold and serviced by Spartanics at its home in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, instead of Malahide's Vancouver headquarters. Spartanics says it will continue to offer the same models Malahide has already brought to market, along with new models in the future, and that Malahide will retain its own web presence with malahide.com.

"We could not be happier with the addition of Malahide Hot Stamping Presses to the Spartanics family of products," said Tom Kleeman, Spartanics chief executive officer, in a release. Malahide sales director Paul Birch added, "With more people, more resources and an array of complimentary technical skills, we have every confidence that this new structure will advance the equipment and well-serve the needs of Malahide's client family."

PrintCAN has asked Spartanics for more on its plans for Malahide's Vancouver facility, and will update this story as the info comes.
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