Im group’s inkmaker joint ventures with longtec in china


Shanghai, China, 16 September, 2021. Inkmaker Shanghai, the Chinese subsidiary of the recently rebranded IM GROUP (formerly Inkmaker Group), announced they have formed a joint-venture company in China called “Inkmaker Intelligent Systems (Shanghai) Ltd. Co” with Zhuhai Longtec Corp. Ltd., better known as Longtec.

The new JV partnership, announced this week to coincide with the auspicious mid-autumn festival, is aimed specifically at the paint and coating, ink and chemical manufacturing industry in China and will focus on formulation related applications; dispensing, dosing, MES (Manufacturing Execution System), weighing, tinting and filling.

Inkmaker Shanghai Ltd Co—which was established in 2004 by Inkmaker Srl (Italy) and Inkmaker Asia Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)— is an already recognised manufacturer, of integrated and automated dispensing systems for the above-mentioned fields, in China.

“Inkmaker Shanghai will continue, as before, retaining its existing clients directly and agent network in various market segments of China, yet in addition, this JV offers both companies a turbo boost,” explained Lau Kar Seng, GM of Inkmaker Shanghai and board member of IM GROUP, “Our objective, for forming a JV company, was to significantly increase our market reach and presence by getting closer to China-based clients and to offer a combined strength through various approaches; (i) by customising clients’ technical requirements; (ii) by offering project management support; (iii) by innovating products to fit all ranges of ROI (iv) by offering higher value (not price) products; and finally (v) by offering our reliable after sales support.”

“Inkmaker, which is essentially the founding member of IM GROUP, is the only European dispensing-system manufacturer to have an assembly plant in China. This alone has gained them significant inroads into the Chinese market, where they are now recognised as a trusted leader, within their industries. Their reputation and quality, backed by their products and renowned software, precedes them, and for us it is an honour to JV with them.” said He Xiao Dong, owner of Longtec, “with Longtec’s involvement—through our network and capacity to provide intelligent factory solutions within our industries—we are perfectly matched to complement each other’s products and services.”

Established in 2004 and listed on the Shenzhen New Third Board, Zhuhai Longtec Corp. Ltd is committed to the research and development of embedded intelligent control and process measurement products in instrument devices, Human-Interface devices, Software and Automated Process Equipment in various industrial fields.

“On behalf of the board, we are very pleased with this new synergy between Longtec and our subsidiary in China, Inkmaker Shanghai. Until now both companies have shared customers in common, being involved at different stages and processes. Now, with the formation of Inkmaker Intelligent System (China) Ltd Co. both will be able to combine their sales force and product resources to penetrate the China market, even further. We, at IM GROUP, are convinced that the biggest winners of this investment will be our clients,” concluded Roberto Guerra, CEO Asia Pacific, IM GROUP.



Silvio Cimenti – Global Director of Branding and Marcom, IM GROUP

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Formed in Italy in 2021, IM GROUP (Formerly Inkmaker Group) is the holding brand of: Inkmaker, Rexson, Vale-tech, Swesa, Teko and Tecnopails. With its combined strength the group offers total process-engineering solutions within the industries of paint, coatings, ink, speciality-chemicals, adhesives, corrugated packaging, pharma, food, cosmetic, textiles and more. IM GROUP, with its brands, operates with its own staff and offices in over 15 countries over 5 continents.

About Inkmaker Worldwide

Inkmaker, is the founding member of IM GROUP. It was formed in Italy in 1987 and is a global manufacturer of integrated dispensing systems that improve efficiency by automating the process of ink, paint and chemical dispensing and mixing. Inkmaker’s proprietary software and systems, manufactured in three continents, guarantee highly accurate colours consistently, precisely and instantly. Inkmaker operates with its own staff and offices in over 15 countries over 5 continents.

About Rexson Systems

Established in 1984, Rexson is a privately-owned British brand of automated dispensers that are widely used in the paint and coatings and liquid ink industry, as well as the industries of cosmetics, food, oils, pharmaceuticals and speciality chemicals. Materials can be liquid, gels or paste, hazardous, caustic, flammable or have thixotropic rheology. Its headquarters are in Kettering, Northamptonshire in England and it has a global network of regional and international clients and support partners.

About Vale-Tech

Established in 1985 Vale-Tech, previously a subsidiary of Rexson, is a British brand of ink dispensing systems for the worldwide printing industry. Vale-Tech employs a team of engineers dedicated to the design and build of innovative products incorporating the latest technology focused on narrow web and paste-ink dispensing systems. Its headquarters are in Newmarket, Suffolk in England and it has a global network of regional and international clients and support partners. 


Formed in Germany in 1994, Swesa, is a privately owned and independent German manufacturer specialised in customised automated dosing-systems for the food packaging, office furniture, tissues and heavy-duty corrugated packaging industries. Swesa machines are customisable and explosion risk (ATEX) certified. Its headquarters are in Eltville am Rhein, Germany and it has a global network of regional and international clients and support partners.

About Teko

Established in 2013, Teko is a privately-owned solutions partner specialised in; Point-of-Sale systems and integrated solutions combining engineering with chemistry. Based in Malaysia and Indonesia, Teko supports all the Inkmaker Group brands through its network of regional sales and support partners.

About Tecnopails

Established as LAVELLI e C in 1974, Tecnopails, is a privately owned and independent Italian manufacturer of customised modular automated filling, sealing, labelling and palletising machinery—for pails, buckets and cans—that is widely used in the ink, paint and coatings industry, as well as the industries of food and speciality chemicals. Tecnopails’ machines are explosion risk (ATEX) certified. Its headquarters are in Piacenza in Emilia Romagna, Northern Italy and it has a global network of regional and international clients and support partners.

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