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UK-based Walstead Group and the shareholders of Let´s Print Holding AG (LEYKAM Let´s Print) have today successfully completed the transaction whereby LEYKAM Let’s Print becomes part of Walstead which, in turn, is now the largest independent commercial printing business in Europe.
Walstead and the shareholders of LEYKAM Let’s Print announced on 7 April 2016 that they had signed a binding agreement for the acquisition of LEYKAM Let’s Print which was subject to regulatory antitrust approval.
LEYKAM Let’s Print is headquartered near Vienna and operates two printing sites in Austria, and one each in Slovenia and Czech Republic. With revenues of EUR €225 million and 730 employees, the group is one of the leading printing companies in Central and Eastern Europe, and the largest in Austria.
Walstead employs 1,600 staff across eight printing sites in the UK and Spain and generated total revenue of €230 million in 2015. The combined group will have revenues of more than €530 million and employ 2,350 staff.
Mark Scanlon, chairman of Walstead Group, said: “We are delighted to confirm the successful completion of this transaction. With this deal we are demonstrating to the European printing market that large scale consolidation is both inevitable and necessary for the long term security of our industry. With LEYKAM Let’s Print joining our group, we will be able to accelerate our growth plans which is a key part of our strategy. We believe we can become the largest and most successful web offset and gravure printer of publications and advertising flyers in Europe.”
Gerhard Poppe, chairman of the LEYKAM Let’s Print Holding AG, said: “Market consolidation is an opportunity for us. Our integration within Walstead offers plenty of scope for further growth. Walstead has made a clear commitment to maintain this strategy, and to support our four printing sites and the LEYKAM Let’s Print team.”
Anton Schubaschitz, chairman of Let’s Print Holding AG Supervisory Board, added: “As the representative of the former owners, I am delighted to know that LEYKAM Let’s Print including its staff, customers and partners, will be owned by an experienced and future-oriented group which will support the ongoing success of LEYKAM Let’s Print.”
Mag. Gerhard Poppe
LEYKAM Let’s Print Holding AG
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Mag. Nicole Bäck-Knapp
Ecker & Partner Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Public Affairs GmbH
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About Walstead: Walstead Group is a UK company and was founded in 2008 by Mark Scanlon (chairman), Paul Utting (ceo), Richard Fookes and Stephen Hargrave when it acquired Wyndeham Press Group from Landsbanki. Since then the group has bought four web offset printing businesses in the UK and Bertelsmann’s web offset and gravure printing operations in Spain (2015). Following the recent acquisition of Polestar’s Bicester printing factory in the UK, Walstead employs 1,600 staff at six printing sites and a pre-media business in the UK and two printing sites in Spain. Revenue was EUR €230 million in 2015 which included an eight-month contribution from the ex. Bertelsmann companies. Walstead is the leading commercial web offset printing business in the UK and the largest web offset and gravure printer in Spain.