Ryobi names Apex as new UK dealer

Thursday 21 November 2002

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Apex Digital Graphics has, as expected, secured the exclusive dealership for Ryobi presses for the UK and Ireland.

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The Hemel Hempstead company had a five-year relationship with previous distributor Ry-Offset Graphics, part of Knight Machinery (Holdings), which went into administration last month (PrintWeek, 18 October).

Together they sold Esko-Graphics polyester plate-based CTP equipment and CP Bourg finishing equipment as packages. The firms also had a joint venture, DI Solutions, which sold the Ryobi 3404 DI.

Apex Digital Graphics joint managing director Bob Usher said: "It is very important for us to be able to have a package. It's great being able to get a customer to walk in with a disc and walk out with print, not just plates."

Apex plans to transfer 13 of the Knight Organisation's 33 staff, including Ry-Offset managing director Neil Handforth and 10 service engineers, to Hemel Hempstead.

"We started taking to Ryobi as soon as the administration happened. It's the perfect fit for us. We have done a number of joint exhibitions with Ry-Offset and five of our six-strong sales team have previously sold Ryobi presses," said Usher.

Apex is negotiating with administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers for other elements of the business, including parts, databases and sales and service information. If a deal is reached, the assets should be transferred by the new year.

A spokesman for PricewaterhouseCoopers said Ry-Offset was continuing to trade from its premises and there were no immediate plans for closure. Ry-Offset plans to hold a customer open day on 5 December in Leeds.

Story by John Davies

Picture: Apex - "the perfect fit"


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