Sawgrass Industrial joining forces with Kiian Digital and J-Teck

715SawgrassIndustrial-CMYKSawgrass  Industrial of Charleston, SC,  the  business  division  of  Sawgrass  Technologies operating in sublimation and pigment inks for industrial applications, is joining the JK Group, the company which includes the brands Kiian Digital and J-Teck, to extend the group’s technology capabilities. 

As a division of Sawgrass Technologies  – well known innovator and pioneer in digital sublimation with a large portfolio  of  intellectual  property  rights  –  Sawgrass  Industrial  is  a  leader  in  the  high-end  market  of  digital sublimation  and water-based  pigment inks with a wide portfolio  of brands, including  SubliM and M-Inks. The main  applications  addressed  by  Sawgrass  Industrial’s  products  are  fashion,  sportswear  and  home  décor. Sawgrass Industrial is present mainly in Europe and the Americas, serving key clients both directly and through dealers.

Kiian Digital, J-Teck and Sawgrass Industrial have in common a track record of innovation, quality, and reliability and are regarded as trusted commercial and technical partners of companies that supply top brands in over 100 countries   worldwide.   Together   they  create   the  largest   industrial   digital   sublimation   group   with  leading technologies, a global presence, and a world class manufacturing capability for textile applications.

The  Sawgrass   Industrial  acquisition   further  enlarges  JK  Group’s  portfolio  of  advanced   inks,  which  are compatible with a wide variety of digital print heads including plotters and high-speed machines. The JK Group will maintain its focus on high quality industry standards and on driving market expansion internationally.

JK Group President, Dennis Wilby, stated, “Following the combination of Kiian Digital and J-Teck3 last year, the addition of Sawgrass  Industrial takes the JK Group into a global leadership  position in the digital sublimation sector  and  at  the  forefront  of  the  textile  pigment  inks  market  development.”  JK  Group  CEO,  Alberto  De Matthaeis, concluded, “We believe that the synergies of working together will add significant value to the three brands while retaining their independence with separate sales, customer service and product development.”

The  CEO  and  Founder  of Sawgrass  Technologies,  Nathan  Hale,  explains,  “We  built  the digital  sublimation business starting in 1988 and expanded into industrial markets a decade ago. Now that digital mass production is a reality for printing onto textiles, this is a perfect time to form a strong alliance to deliver on what was just a dream.”

The CEO of Sawgrass Europe SA, Dr. Mickael Mheidle, who has led the start up in Basel (Switzerland) in 2006 and the Sawgrass  Industrial  Division  since  2009  and will continue  to manage  the commercial  efforts  of the Sawgrass  Industrial  brands  in  Europe,  stated,  ”I  am  glad  to  become  partner  of  the  JK  Group  which  will significantly  increase  the  market  potential  of  our  brand.  We  will  continue  to  deliver  the  same  outstanding products and technical services to our customers on a platform of increased investment and strategic focus.”

Sawgrass  Technologies  will  continue  to  operate  as  an  independent  company  serving  the  needs  of  digital printing applications on printers less than 42 inches addressing non-industrial customer needs.

A binding agreement between the parties has been signed and the transaction is expected to complete by the end of July.  MORE INFO