Rotolito Lombarda sign agreement for the acquisition of Nava Press

Pioltello,Milan, Italy, 18 June 2014 – On the 19 May, Rotolito Lombarda signed a binding agreement to acquire the entire share capital of Nava Press, a branch of Nava Milano SpA.

Completion and transfer is scheduled to take place by 30 June and management will pass to Rotolito Lombarda from 1 July 2014. Gianni and Patrizia Nava will stay on to ensure that Nava Press customers enjoy continuity of both service and quality.

‘In Nava Press we have found the answer to our needs for further expansion and production diversification,’ says Paolo Bandecchi, President and CEO, Rotolito Lombarda. ‘Nava Press has 140 staff and a 2013 turnover of approximately 50 million euro of which 80% is export. The company is well-known by print buyers, both in Italy and abroad, for its high standards and technical know-how. The two companies share similar values and complement each other in the market.

‘Our objective is not to eliminate the competition or simply add turnover with identical products as is often the case with acquisitions,’ explains Bandecchi. ‘We see this as the birth of a new group that will find synergies both in the skillsets of the people and across the production facilities. Together, we intend to increase our presence in the marketplace and be better equipped to compete effectively.’

Nava Press and Rotolito Lombarda operate in two different sectors and each represents excellence in its respective sector.

Rotolito Lombarda was founded in 1976 by Paolo Bandecchi. The company employs 350 staff and operates globally with a strong direct sales force. Production facilities across five plants totaling 100,000m2 include the most up to date digital, sheet and web-offset and gravure presses as well as the latest generation finishing facilities. A completely automated workflow enables high standards of service and the ability to deliver to agreed deadlines.

Today, Rotolito Lombarda is one of the largest companies operating at a European level and specalises in periodical and book publishing (magazines, illustrated books, school books, pocket book, dictionaries, legal codes, catalogues, brochures, flyers and leaflets). The company has a strong international operation, with overseas sales accounting for more than 50% of the consolidated aggregate turnover of approximately 150 million euro. Company president Paolo Bandecchi is supported by a strong management team and by his three sons (Simone – Sales Manager; Federico  – Administration and Finance Manager;  and Emanuele  – Marketing Manager).

Nava Press is a newly established division of Nava Milano - a printing company founded in 1922 and well known among major global luxury and fashion brands. Nava Press has a global reputation for high quality and professionalism. This wealth of skills combined with those at Rotolito will be the driving force for the continued expansion of the group that the merger of these two companies represents. 

Nava Press will continue to operate from its offices in Milan, New York and Paris.

Nava Design is not part of the acquisition and will continue its activities in the design area, specialising in the production of contemporary office products and continuing to research and develop new innovative design products.