This week, Global Graphics announced that it's charting its nine prepress hardware and printing software companies into two distinct divisions, Global Graphics Hardware and Global Graphics Software. The well-known names of the former subsidiary companies—like Harlequin and Jaws Systems, on the software side—will remain as product brands, according to company officials.
Global Graphics Hardware vows to continue developing solutions for lithography, flexography, CTP and digital production workflow. The division's executives plans to continue creating RIPs, PDF and workflow tools and color management solutions. The two divisions currently have existing relationships with more than 70 OEMs, and hold more than 50 technology patents. Remarkably, the company professes to have spent more than $9 million in R&D last year alone.
The reorganization, according to Gary Jones, COO, Global Graphics Hardware, will bring together seven R&D groups working toward common goals, including its worldwide sales force. Former Xerox veteran Rostam Siamak was appointed to head up the company's R&D. James Freidah, a former Misomex executive, leads the software unit as president and COO of Global Graphics Software.
"The rapid evolution of Global Graphics and the subsequent integration and restructuring of the various companies has brought us to the point where the development of a clear and consistent image in the market is imperative," notes Johan Volckaerts, chairman and CEO. "This change will give us a stronger presence in all our priority markets, which include Japan and China, as well as North America and Europe. It establishes a corporate platform from which we are taking our technology into new markets, as well as developing our relationships with existing customers."
Global Graphics' sales figures were reported to have increased by 52 percent in 2000.
-Gretchen A. Kirby