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Summa acquires Valiani to expand its flatbed cutting options

Summa acquires Valiani to expand its flatbed cutting options
Summa and Valiani have announced that they have joined forces through a merger of their businesses, with Summa acquiring Valiani to further strengthen its position as a leading manufacturer in print finishing equipment.

 The merged businesses will continue as before and will complement each other to offer customers an even broader range of cutting solutions.

Valiani, with its headquarters in Certaldo, Florence, Italy, is a developer and manufacturer of small to medium-sized, highly reliable flatbed cutters with a worldwide distribution network. Moreover, the company has an extensive history in the picture framing industry and is a pioneer in converting this market to digital solutions through designing and cutting matboard and offering passepartout tools for bevel cuts.

Its innovative approach has ensured its ability to diversify into other markets too. The recent Omnia auto-feed die-cutting machine is a unique automated solution for the corrugated and folding carton market, whereas the brand new Integra offers an appealing finishing product for the sign and display market.

Nico Valiani, CEO and son of Franco, founder of the company, is enthusiastic about the company’s merger with Summa. He said: “In recent years we have renewed our complete portfolio with a wider range of solutions. Now, this is starting to pay off with a significant growth. However, I know there is still a lot more potential. Thus, my family and I are convinced that being part of the Summa group will help to accelerate our growth and provide our customers with many more possibilities. We are staying true to our values, which centre on being customer-focused and offering high-quality solutions”.

Geert Pierloot, Managing Director at Summa, added: “Since the negotiations started, my appreciation for the Valiani company and its products has grown more and more. The organisation with lean manufacturing production lines in the Certaldo-based, ISO certified, plant is a true example for the industry. I look forward to working together with Nico and his team. In this merger, I see an absolute win-win, as it combines the strengths of both companies.

“While we can help with accelerating Valiani’s growth, our portfolio can also be expanded with Valiani solutions and more markets can be served.”

“Our product ranges are extremely complementary,” said Christof Van Driessche, Chief Commercial Officer at Summa. “Although the most popular and attractively priced Summa F1612 flatbed table has a small and unique footprint, there are still a lot of customers looking for smaller, more affordable, but reliable solutions. Thus the merger is an exciting step and meets Summa’s ambition to increase its presence in other markets and strengthen our position in the packaging market”.

Both companies will continue to operate under their current company names and with their current management teams remaining in place.

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