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Alcoa acquires Didde assets

Aug 21, 2001 12:00 AM

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Alcoa Packaging Machinery, Inc. (APMI) (Englewood, CO), a designer and manufacturer of printing and metal forming machinery for the packaging industry, has purchased certain assets of narrow-web press vendors Didde Corp. and Didde Web Press Corp. (Emporia, KS). The purchase includes the Didde name and patents, which will be used for future equipment. APMI-manufactured printing presses and spare parts will be know as Didde Press Systems by Alcoa Packaging Machinery.

APMI will manufacture Didde Press Systems and spare parts at its machine-building operation in Englewood. Many former Didde employees have joined APMI.

Didde claims to have manufactured more narrow-web presses than any other manufacturer during its 46-year history, and reportedly has an installed base of 7,500 presses.

In related news, Didde Press Systems by Alcoa Packaging will introduce its D-900 variable web press at Print 01, as well as highlight its replacement parts and press upgrade kits.