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SATO Acquires Labeling Business of New Zealand Market Leader

For Immediate Release

SATO Acquires Labeling Business of New Zealand Market Leader

Acquisition of Jenkins Labels labeling business cements position in SATO in New Zealand

Tokyo, September 7, 2015 – SATO (TSE:6287), a leading global provider of Auto-ID solutions that empower workforces and streamline operations announced today that it has acquired the general labeling business of Jenkins Labels Limited, a leader in primary label production operating in Auckland, New Zealand. The labeling businesses acquired include primary labels, shrink sleeve labels, and wraparound labels.

SATO New Zealand (SNZ) already has a substantial labeling and traceability business headquartered in Auckland, with offices in Christchurch and Dunedin. It counts many of New Zealand’s largest organizations amongst its customer base, and has been in operation in this market for over 40 years by virtue of the prior acquisitions of Checkpoint Meto and Walker Datavision.

The primary label business of Jenkins will serve to complement SNZ’s existing capability in the areas of operational labeling, courier labeling, laboratory labeling, printers, barcode scanning and traceability solutions.

“Jenkins has been a front-runner in the labeling business in New Zealand for many years” says Kerry Langley, SATO New Zealand’s Managing Director. “Their commitment to innovation and delivering customer value has allowed them to solidify their position, particularly in beverage and food labeling solutions. We are extremely proud to welcome them into the SATO Group, and aim to continue delivering superior primary labels while leveraging our global network to open new opportunities for our customers.”

Jenkins Labels’ sister company, Jenkins Freshpak Systems, will continue to operate independently and deliver industry-specific solutions to the horticulture market in New Zealand and Australia. To this end, SATO and Jenkins Freshpak have formed a strategic partnership to expand services to horticulture customers to include printing and traceability solutions.

“We are constantly striving to reinforce our network of solution providers to bring customized labeling solutions to customers,” said Kaz Matsuyama, President and CEO of SATO Holdings. “This acquisition of a proven market leader boosts our network and lineup to improve our ability to deliver comprehensive labeling solutions to New Zealand customers.”

About Jenkins Labels

In 1883 a pioneering woman, Jane Elizabeth Jenkins, started JE Jenkins in central Auckland.

The Company began manufacturing paper bags then grew to include chemist labels in early 1900’s. In the 1940’s the portfolio expanded to include paper packaging, stationery, general book printing and label products.

In 1948 the business was purchased by Tom Parkinson & has remained in the same family until now.

In 1979 the Company became Jenkins Labels Ltd moving the focus to self adhesive labels.

Jenkins Labels has gone on to be an industry leader supplying a range of clients in Auckland, across New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Australia with quality self adhesive labels including, product labelling, promotional material, and plain and overprintable labels. In more recent times Jenkins has offered a wide variety of quality film and packaging label solutions including tamper evident labels, custom tags, and shrink sleeves labels.

Over the past 132 years Jenkins has won numerous national and international industry awards priding itself on quality product and maintaining enduring relationships with customers.

About SATO

SATO (TSE:6287) is a leading global provider of Auto-ID solutions that connect people, goods and information. It serves a diverse range of customers, delivering end-to-end solutions that streamline operations, empower workforces and help customers reduce their environmental impact. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, it reported revenues of JPY 99,831 million (US$ 910 million*). More information about SATO can be found at

*Conversion is based on an average exchange rate of 1 US Dollar = 109.75 Japanese Yen.


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