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Gardiner takes majority stake in special inks firm

James Gardiner has struck a deal to acquire 100 percent of Gardiner Colours, the specialist printing inks manufacturer founded by his father Ray Gardiner

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James Gardiner has been working as an independent sales consultant in the print sector for the past five years

Under the deal, worth an undisclosed six-figure sum, James Gardiner will return to the company after five years working as an independent sales consultant in the print sector.

The Normanton-based firm, which boasts a multi-million pound turnover and 15-strong workforce, manufactures inks, sealers, varnishes, and consumables for printers and packaging companies.

Reflecting on the company’s history, James Gardiner comments: “The business started in the eighties, and, despite tough times in the sector in the last ten years, the quality of the products the firm has developed has allowed us to own a niche in the UK and European print sector.

I recognise the opportunity we now have to expand our sales and product lines, both in the UK and also overseas.  We are already represented in over a dozen countries from Europe to the US and Australia and we see huge potential for further growth

“Some of the biggest printers in the industry have come to favour our products because of the consistent nature of their quality and technical performance, and that has been our specialism for the last 20 years or so.

“I recognise the opportunity we now have to expand our sales and product lines, both in the UK and also overseas.  We are already represented in over a dozen countries from Europe to the US and Australia and we see huge potential for further growth.”

The deal will also see a six-figure investment into new manufacturing capacity and technology.

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