Thursday, February 23, 2017

Trotec Laser, Inc. Acquires Engraving Systems Support (ESS)

The Laser Manufacturer Purchases One of the Largest U.S. Laser Distributors

On February 7, 2017 Trotec Laser, Inc. announced it is in negotiations to acquire Engraving Systems Support (ESS), effective mid-February, 2017.

Trotec Laser, Inc. was established in the United States in 2002; over the past six years, the business has grown more than ten-fold. The growing company expects that 2017 will be another robust year. The acquisition of one of the largest and most successful distributors is a key component of Trotec's 2017 aggressive growth plan.

The company plans to maintain the ESS physical location of the Dade City, FL office as well as the Richmond, VA satellite. ESS staff, including executive managers Buddy Jones and David Baldwin, have joined the Trotec team and will continue to support existing ESS customers as well as new Trotec customers.

"We are thrilled about the partnership with Buddy and ESS, and the benefits it provides to our customers," says Warren Knipple, President of Trotec Laser, Inc. "It helps fuel our growth as a company and represents new opportunities to provide our customers with the highest quality products, technical support, and sales support. The ESS acquisition will help catapult Trotec's growth and expansion, especially in the southeast region of the country," says Warren Knipple, Trotec President.

Over the course of three decades, ESS has developed a portfolio of ongoing support solutions, and has a long history of success working with lasers, engravers, and router systems. Trotec states that the absorption of the ESS business into its business portfolio will add value to its sales force and customers alike.

"This will come as a great shock to many in the industry," say Buddy Jones, ESS President. "ESS has been a trusted source for Universal Laser brand products for 26 years, and we take the trust of our customers very seriously. We feel a great deal of responsibility to provide them with equipment that will allow their business to produce the highest quality products for their customers, and allow them to be as efficient as possible. This sense of responsibility to our customers is exactly what drove us to make the decision to partner with Trotec Laser," Jones explains.

"We have several major initiatives planned for further expansion throughout the course of 2017. We are most looking forward to watching how our increased product portfolio and support capabilities will help expand our customers' businesses and create opportunities for them," says Warren Knipple.

Trotec’s new address is:
Trotec Laser, Inc.
44747 Helm Ct.
Plymouth, MI 48170

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trotec Laser, Inc. Launches New Laminates Line

Trotec Laser, Inc. Introduces More Than 400 High-Quality, Low-Cost Plastic Laminate Products To the Market


Trotec Laser Inc. is proud to announce the launch of a new materials range boasting a wide selection of laser and rotary laminates designed for engravers and sign makers. The new line offers more than 400 products in a vast range of colors and options, for a wide variety of applications, including ADA and print-receptive materials.

Trotec has a long global history of supplying laser and rotary consumables. The company has been a major player in the consumables market in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, South Africa and the UK since 1999. With the acquisition of U.S. based laminate and film manufacturer, Innovative Lamination Company (ILC) in 2015, Trotec has joined forces with a market leader in laminated plastics for global, and now U.S. distribution. ILC's core competency is lamination of plastic sheets and films, which made it an ideal fit for Trotec's strategic business portfolio. ILC is located in New Bern, NC. The ISO 9001: 2008 Registered Company was established in 2000 and employs around 50 people. The company manufactures a wide range of applications and materials for numerous industries, such as marine, automotive, display, point-of-sale, and engraving.

"The strategic decision to enter the laminates market was obvious for us as a company," says Warren Knipple, Trotec Laser Inc. President. "Due to the inherent relationship between laminates and laser systems, we felt ideally equipped to provide our customers and the industry with a high-quality, competitively priced laminate solution. We can offer the most accurate application support in the industry, provide customers support in processing materials, and help customers best leverage their equipment. The new business also allows us the opportunity to focus our laminate R&D on better performance with laser. But the most important benefit is that it creates convenience for customers, because we can offer them a one-stop resource for equipment, materials, and application support," Knipple says.

The product range includes laminates, panel materials made of acrylic, and coated materials. Trotec engraving materials are available in many different colors and with a range of surface finishes. The company's laminates are especially popular for laser engraving as they are well suited for both interior and exterior applications and available in many colors with different effects. Laminates are often used for signage such as data plates, signboards, nameplates or industrial markings. Trotec laminates are 2- or 3-ply plastics. They are made of a core layer of modified acrylic which has been coated with a thin top layer; the engraving process reveals the color of the core material. The materials offer efficient engraving with fewer passes required. They produce less residue, no sticky edges, and minimal post production cleaning improving efficiency and increasing production. More information can be found at our website: http://www.engraving-supplies.com.


Trotec Laser, Inc. was established in the United States in 2002; over the past six years, the business has grown more than ten-fold. The growing company expects 2017 will be another robust year.

"We have several major initiatives planned for throughout the course of 2017. We are most looking forward to watching how our increased product portfolio and support capabilities will help expand our customers' businesses and create opportunities for them," says Knipple.