Westcoast snaps up Nottingham-based distie ArtSystems

IT distributor Westcoast has acquired Nottingham-based specialist distributor ArtSystems for an undisclosed sum. 

ArtSystems is a provider of value-add services and solutions to support high-end printing. In the last two years it has made waves in the 3D printing sector.

The firm provides technical consultancy, demonstration services, specialist logistics and pre and post sales engineering to the design, graphics, signage, display and 3D markets.

ArtSystem’s product portfolio focuses on large format and latex print and finishing hardware, software, media and supplies.

Steve Hawker, ArtSystems MD, said: “Over the years ArtSystems has built a reputation for creating new channels for manufacturer’s niche products. With investment from Westcoast we now have the opportunity to scale our solutions for suppliers and customers alike.”

Westcoast group MD Duncan Forsyth added: “This acquisition represents a game-changing opportunity for Westcoast. ArtSystems has been a driving force in the development of the wide format sector and is a leader in next generation 3D printing.

"Both industries are growing hard and fast. Access to ArtSystems’ peerless technical expertise and range of distribution agreements with leading vendors like HP and Stratasys will give us a considerable competitive edge.”

The deal is the latest in a string of acquisitions made by major tech distributors. 

Exertis has made several acquisitions over the past couple of years, including Computers Unlimited last year and Siracom just last week.

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