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MPS has strengthened its local presence in South America for its flexo, offset, and hybrid press technologies with the appointment of three new agents across the region.
The new local MPS agents in South America are: Fencsa in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela; Coras do Brasil in Brazil and Argentina; and Ferrostaal in Chile and Bolivia.
Eric Hoendervangers, MPS commercial director, commented: ‘South America is a diverse market that we felt was better supported through increased local representation of MPS press technology and expertise. These three companies are reputable agents who have a proven track record in the industry, and years of established relationships with printers in the countries they represent.
‘MPS now has a solid presence throughout South America.’
John Villalobos, the founder of Fencsa, has a professional profile with 15 years of experience in flexographic printing in positions of technical management, production management and sales management, with direct experience representing MPS previously as an agent. In addition to MPS, Fencsa represents HCI Converting, Grafotronic, Wasberger and Set Industry, among other brands. It offers servo driven presses, inspection and finishing equipment, heat shrink films, flexography consultancy and technical service.
Founded in 1979, Coras do Brasil offers a range of equipment from Atlas Converting Equipment, AVT, Bro-tech, Maan Group and more. Coras do Brasil is also recognized for the local service expertise it offers, along with the long experience in dealing commercially with key players in the region. Gustavo A. Virginillo, managing director at Coras do Brasil and the primary contact for MPS presses, commented: ‘With our near 40-plus years of experience in this industry, we see significant growth potential for the MPS brand in Brazil and Argentina. In fact, we have already sold the very first MPS EF Symjet hybrid solution to a printer in Brazil.’
Ferrostaal Chile, a subsidiary of the Ferrostaal Trading Group, was founded in 1949 in Santiago and is divided into three business units, including the Equipment Solutions unit, which acts as a distributor and general contractor for the graphic arts and wood processing industries in the Chilean and Bolivian markets. For the graphic arts industry, Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions supplies machinery for the pre-press, press and post-press stages.
These new agents are the latest step in MPS's global growth strategy.