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Flex makes major California acquisition

Private equity-backed imaging and managed print company Flex Technology Group (FTG) has just announced the acquisition of Southern California-based CBE…

UK stationery wholesaler changes hands

Manuscript Pen Company has announced the acquisition of distributor Lime Art & Stationery and its subsidiaries in the UK. Writing…

Nienkämper buys out ICF stake

High-end Canadian corporate furniture manufacturer Nienkämper is once again an independent entity after buying out the ownership interest of International…

Kerr acquires; undergoes rebrand

US independent dealer Kerr Workplace Solutions has acquired the supplies division of fellow Kentucky reseller Office Environment Company (OEC). The…

ACCO buys leading Brazilian supplier

ACCO Brands has strengthened its position in the Brazilian market with the acquisition of leading notebook vendor Foroni. Effective 1…

ADVEO Italy buyers underestimated running costs

The transaction to acquire ADVEO Italy fell through because the prospective new owners were not fully aware of the business’s…

ADVEO Italy deal off

The eleventh-hour agreement to save ADVEO’s Italian subsidiary has collapsed. In a regulatory filing to the Spanish stock market authority…

Staples sells businesses in France, Italy and Spain

France-based Raja Group has announced an agreement to acquire four of Staples Solutions’ European direct brands. The transaction covers four…

BIC acquires again in Africa

BIC has agreed to acquire the largest writing instruments manufacturer in Nigeria. The stationery giant will buy 100% of Lucky…

LSC and Quad abandon merger plans

Commercial print and office products vendor LSC Communications has terminated its merger agreement with Quad/Graphics. Quad’s acquisition of LSC was…

Merchant merger closes

The sale of Papyrus Deutschland to Portugal-based distribution group Inapa has been finalised, with the effective date of the transaction…

Firmin’s focusing on strengths

Firmin’s Office City President Chuck Firmin has told OPI the recent decision to sell its copier division would allow the…

Acquisition for Cascades

Canada-based tissue and packaging group Cascades has signed a final agreement to acquire US-based Orchids Paper Products. The $207 million…

JPP acquires leading UK paper merchant

The UK’s second largest paper merchant Premier Paper has been acquired by Japan Pulp and Paper (JPP). JPP said it…

Amazon expands EU workforce | 20 years for ECi | Environmental award for Durable...

This week’s round-up of business products stories from across the globe. Amazon expands EU workforce Amazon has been communicating on…

Australian distributor sold

Spicers, the Australia-based distribution company that remained following the collapse of PaperlinX in 2015, has been sold to Japan’s Kokusai…

Papyrus sale given the green light

The sale of paper merchant Papyrus Deutschland to Portugal-based group Inapa has been approved by the German competition authorities. OptiGroup…

Digital workplace acquisition for Ricoh

Japan-based imaging and electronics vendor Ricoh has announced a definitive agreement to acquire German office automation solutions firm DocuWare. With…

Imperial Dade expands into California

US foodservice and jan/san supplies firm Imperial Dade has acquired California-based business The Paper Company. Founded in 1982 by Mike…

Performance Food Group makes major acquisition

US-based foodservice distributor Performance Food Group (PFG) has agreed to acquire Reinhart Foodservice from Reyes Holdings in a deal worth…

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SPR announces new HQ and DC plans

North American wholesaler S.P. Richards (SPR) is set to move to new headquarters in the coming weeks following last month’s…