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Drent Goebel bankrupt; Muller Martini steps in.

Press manufacturer Drent Goebel announced in July that it has been declared bankrupt. The bankruptcy involves Drent Goebel B.V. in the Netherlands.

The receiver, H.C. Brandsma, is currently researching all possibilities to take further action in the best possible interest of the various stakeholders of Drent Goebel B.V. Stakeholders of the company will be informed separately as soon as possible.

Drent Goebel B.V. employed 118 people. The company specialized in the development and marketing of rotary printing presses for the graphic arts industry, specifically for the commercial printing, direct mail, packaging, and label printing markets.

Muller Martini, a manufacturer of variable size web offset presses, has acquired the patents for the VSOP press technology from Drent Goebel. By combining the new VSOP series with its existing Alprinta and Concepta product lines, Muller Martini will now provide printers with an expanded array of products.

Muller Martini CEO Bruno Muller sees the acquisition of the VSOP patents and the launch of the VSOP (Variable Sleeve Offset Press) printing press as a step toward strengthening the company's position as a leader in press innovation and productivity.

"We are investing in solutions that will provide our customers with new business opportunities in flexible and cardboard-box packaging," he says. "VSOP technology is designed to guarantee their success in a market with growth potential and will give us a leading role in package printing. Our customers require technology that is relevant to both current and future marketplace realities. Muller Martini will make sure that need is fulfilled."

Yves Rogivue, member of the executive board at Muller Martini and head of the printing press division, comments on the next step: "The current situation at Drent Goebel hinders an easy transfer of know-how and access to spare parts. We will do our utmost to build up service and spare part expertise in our global sales and service network."

In addition, Werner Naegeli, President and CEO of Muller Martini US, states, "We're excited about Muller's acquisition of VSOP technology. Our web press customers will continue to experience Muller Martini's commitment to technological excellence and service, including the new Muller Martini VSOP series. We look forward to developing new relationships, while building upon those we have enjoyed for years."

In addition to its offset press manufacturing, Muller Martini produces finishing systems for commercial and book printers, trade binderies and newspapers, as well as short-run and digital book manufacturers. Muller Martini, based in Zofingen, Switzerland, has its US headquarters in Hauppauge, NY.
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Date:Sep 1, 2009
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