A family‐owned company Van Son has manufactured high‐quality sheetfed offset inks for 145 years. With this purchase, T&K TOKA substantially expands its production and distribution capacity outside Asia.
“Van Son is one of the leading ink manufacturers in Europe. The company is known for its high‐quality inks with excellent consistency. Especially its conventional 4‐colour sheet fed ink program is a welcome addition to our portfolio,” said Ryuichi Kurimoto, managing director of Sales Department at T&K TOKA. “Further, the acquisition will raise our profile as a full scale ink solution provider to the printing markets, especially in Europe and the USA. Additionally, it will enable further improvement of our service levels and substantially re‐enforces our distribution presence in many parts of the world.”
The agreement reached includes the transfer of all intellectual property, technical expertise, product portfolio and manufacturing equipment of the Van Son headquarters in the Netherlands and its affiliate in USA. Van Son, as a member of the T&K TOKA group, will continue to produce and serve customers from the production site in Hilversum under the Van Son brand.
“This deal is a perfect match,” said Wim van Mastrigt, managing director at Van Son. “Not only are our products complementary, T&K TOKA is indeed the ideal owner of our organization as its substantially larger structure will secure many opportunities for our worldwide distribution partners to advance on their individual markets. It is our conviction that this combination of strengths will offer many advantages and a real alternative to many printers around the globe. The Van Son organization is looking forward to embark on this growth scenario with our new Japanese colleagues.”
With the strategic investment in Van Son, T&K TOKA sets the framework for enhancing its position in Europe and the United States while at the same time staying loyal to its management principle of “Technology & Kindness,” which represents TOKA’s commitment “on offering high quality, easy‐to‐use products,” which has been the basis of the success of the last 70 years on the Asian continent. At present times T&K TOKA consists, among other, out of multiple production locations in Japan and manufacturing sites in Korea, China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia. T&K TOKA produces a wide variety of ink products but specializes in UV‐applications in all kind of printing processes.
T&K TOKA and Van Son agreed not to disclose any further details of this transaction.