Westcoast has acquired high-end printing distributor ArtSystems in a move it says represents a "game-changing opportunity" for the broadliner.
ArtSystems bills itself as one of Europe's top providers of value-add services and solutions to support high-end printing, and crucially gives Westcoast a toehold in 3D printing.
The Nottingham-based firm provides technical consultancy, demonstration services, specialist logistics and pre- and post-sales engineering to the design, graphics, signage, display and 3D markets.
Westcoast managing director Duncan Forsyth said: "This acquisition represents a game-changing opportunity for Westcoast. ArtSystems has been a driving force in the development of the wide-format sector and is a leader in next-generation 3D printing.
"Both industries are growing hard and fast. Access to ArtSystems' peerless technical expertise and range of distribution agreements with leading vendors like HP and Stratasys (whose coloured bike helmets feature above) will give us a considerable competitive edge."
Steve Hawker, managing director of ArtSystems, said: "Over the years ArtSystems has built a reputation for creating new channels for manufacturers' niche products. With investment from Westcoast we now have the opportunity to scale our solutions for suppliers and customers alike."
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