On April 12, Hachette Filipacchi Médias (HFM) and Pozzoni concluded an agreement whereby Pozzoni will acquire 100% of Rotocalcografica Italiana, a company currently wholly-owned by HFM, specializing in the heliogravure printing of magazines.
In addition to the sale, Hachette Rusconi, a wholly-owned HFM subsidiary in Italy, and Pozzoni signed an industrial cooperation agreement. This move is part of HFM’s strategy to exit industrial activities gradually, along the lines of its sale of Brodard Graphique to Groupe Maury, followed by the disposal of Heliocolor in Spain to Polestar.
Discussions concerning HFM’s remaining industrial units are currently underway.
Pozzoni was founded in 1913 and is one of Italy’s graphics sector leaders. It specializes in printing high-quality magazines and commercial catalogues and is also active in direct marketing. Including the sales of S.p.a. Rotocalcografica Italiana, the group’s total sales will amount to ITL450 billion (i.e. FRF1.5 billion).
The agreement represents a further stage in Pozzoni’s strategy of being able to provide a full range of services in both rotary offset and heliogravure technologies.