manroland sets up Harland Simon team after IP deal

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manroland Goss says it has formed a group of skilled engineers to support customers of Harland Simon, after acquiring print-related IP rights of the company, which is in administration.

It is not clear whether former employees - who lost their jobs when administrators were appointed - have been recruited. manroland Goss says the team has "over 100 years of experience" of Harland Simon systems.

The IP acquisition expands the German press maker's 'engineered solutions and service solutions' division for third party equipment.

Administrators have already sold off Harland Simon's RFID-based healthcare asset management solution to French identification solutions company Paragon ID for £30,000 cash.

manroland Goss engineered solutions senior manager Steve Withers says the company will now be able to offer "a wide breadth" of retrofit upgrades: "While this has been a difficult time for Harland Simon, we are very happy that as part of manroland Goss we can fully support all existing Harland Simon users with the additional backing of the worldwide sales and service teams of manroland Goss," he said.

Chief executive Alexander Wassermann says the acquisition "reinforces the focus on growing our aftermarket and service business for the installed base worldwide".

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