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IIMAK Announces Acquisition of Specialty Ink Company

01 July 2013

AMHERST,NY –  July 1, 2013 – IIMAK, a leading manufacturer of printing and marking consumables, announces the acquisition of Specialty Ink Company’s business, effective July 1, 2013.  This includes all formulas, brands, processes, and assets from Specialty Ink Company to produce inks, stamp pads, and related items with the exception of Mark II stamp pads. Gary Werwa, former Owner of Specialty Ink, along with Keith Werwa, former General Manager, have joined IIMAK to support the business transition.

“For over a year IIMAK has partnered with Specialty Ink to manufacture their inks, so we are familiar with their products,” stated Scott Surma, IIMAK V.P. of Sales & Marketing N.A.  “We are pleased to retain the Aero and Classic brands, which are well known in the packaging & marking device industries and also complement IIMAK’s existing portfolio and channels for industrial inks.”

Gary Werwa enacted a business succession plan to take a step closer to retirement while ensuring Specialty Ink customers will be supported for many years to come. “Customers will be happy with the new ownership,” said Mr. Werwa.  “IIMAK is global and very customer service oriented. They will continue to produce high quality products and enhance programs to make doing business easy.”

In addition to its thermal transfer ribbons, direct thermal films and industrial inkjet inks, IIMAK now manufactures a complete line of dye and pigmented inks for stamping and automatic coders.  The wide range of water, solvent, and resin-based industrial inks offers excellent durability and adhesion on porous and non-porous surfaces, including paper, corrugated, plastic, metal, and rubber.  Engineered features of these inks include various drying times, waterproofing and heat resistance.

About IIMAK 

Founded in 1983, IIMAK is a global leader in the development, manufacture, and distribution of printing, imaging, and marking consumable supplies and related services. IIMAK's primary manufacturing and distribution facilities are located in Amherst, New York, with additional manufacturing plants in Europe, Brazil and Mexico. For more information, visit