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Vinsak acquires Rotatek

Rotatek is now part of the wider Vinsak group
Rotatek is now part of the wider Vinsak group

Indian print and packaging kit manufacturer and supplier Vinsak has gone public with details of its recent acquisition of Spanish web press machine manufacturer Rotatek.

Vinsak initiated the acquisition process of Rotatek last year and the deal was completed on 31 March 2024 and then subsequently publicly announced at Drupa.

Rotatek’s management remains unchanged, and the business is continuing its operations as before, headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. Its branding will remain the same, but its name has been changed to Rotatek Printing and Packaging Technologies SL.

Rotatek will continue to manufacture machines from Barcelona. The company has significantly enhanced its manufacturing capabilities by acquiring an additional 1,400sqm space for its facilities.

Prior to the acquisition Rotatek employed 19 staff, all of whom were retained. It has also hired addition staff in sales, engineering and services, taking the total headcount at Rotatek Spain now to 30.

Vinsak’s primary focus since the deal was completed has been on assisting the Rotatek management in expanding the team and enhancing systems and processes through increased capital injection, new software, and operational improvements.

Led by Ranesh Bajaj, Vinsak has expanded its presence globally with offices in UAE, Saudi Arabia, the UK, and Spain. It has a group turnover of $35m (£28m) and employs 215 staff.

The group specialises in the manufacturing and marketing of printing, packaging, and print finishing equipment and offers label finishing machines, inkjet printers, and other products under its own brand, Vinsak.

It also markets and services presses and equipment from manufacturers including Lombardi, ABG, Lake Image, Rietstack, Iwasaki, Schober, Busch, CMC, Petrel and more across Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Rotatek operates in the security printing, flexible and carton packaging, and short-run label markets. Innovation remains a priority for the business, which has recently increased investment in its R&D department. Its focus is to develop newer models that are adaptable to various industries and are operated with minimum supervision.

One of the company’s latest launches is Universal 850, a new rotary press tailored for the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, and non-alcoholic beverages sectors. Unveiled by the business at the recent Drupa show in Düsseldorf, the Universal 850 is scheduled for launch by the end of 2024.

The company is also working on the improved semi-rotary and rotary Brava 450 press for short-run jobs, which it is aiming to debut at Labelexpo Europe in Spain in 2025.

Rotatek is currently focused on achieving two key milestones: doubling its annual number of installed machines and providing enhanced service to all existing customers.

It is also expanding its global footprint, including strengthening its partnership with Rotatek Brasil to grow in the major Brazilian market.

New agents and distribution agreements have been completed to ensure localised service across various countries.

Its UK agent, Blythe Continuous Print, will continue to service existing machines and will also support sales of all equipment manufactured by the Vinsak Group, including Rotatek.

Since the acquisition was completed Rotatek has deployed machines to Smurfit Kappa Security Concepts in Ireland, Paramount Packaging in UAE, and Hitech Print Systems in India, as well as commissioning machines in Nepal and China. It has also already started receiving enquires for the new Universal 850.