UK digital finishing equipment reseller bought by Swiss

POPE-SWISSGUARD/WOMENUK digital finishing equipment reseller and distributor Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) has been bought by the Swiss-based Zünd Systemtechnik AG.

The deal means that Zünd UK will now be an official subsidiary of Zünd Systemtechnik.

Zünd UK was founded as a privately owned Zünd reseller in 1993 but shares were sold to Zünd Systemtechnik by its former owner and managing director Tim Taylor.

Taylor remains as UK commercial director and a new managing director, former Hybrid national sales manager Stuart Cole, began in the role in mid-March.

Cole said changes had been taking place steadily behind the scenes to make the transition “as easy as possible”.

He said: “The relationship between Zünd UK and Zünd Switzerland was incredibly strong before this and all this has done is further strengthen that relationship and the commercial ability of the company, but in the outside world nothing really changes.”

Zünd UK is expanding and will hire four to six additional staff in the engineering and sales departments.

“We’ve had some significant growth in sales over the last few months and the requirements are there to continue that growth and support those customers to the levels they need,” added Cole.

In a statement last week, Zünd chief executive Oliver Zünd said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) to our global group of companies. Working with our newest subsidiary, we look forward to strengthening our position in the UK market and continuing to expand our customer base.”

Based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, Zünd UK distributes and resells Zünd’s digital cutting systems, modules and tools to the UK market.