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São Paulo, 4 July, 2022.
IM GROUP has won the prestigious “Sistemas Tintométricos Equipmentos Industriais” (Industrial Tinting Equipment Systems) award at the “26th Premio Paint & Pintura” award ceremony for Brazil, making this the ninth-consecutive win for the group (previously known as Inkmaker Group).

Recognised across Latin America as the “Oscars” of the Brazilian paint sector, the award ceremony was broadcast on YouTube directly from the exclusive Vila dos Ipês, in São Paulo, and presented by master of ceremony, Dani Reis and the CEO of Paint & Pintura, Agnelo De Barros Neto.

Leading figures from across the Brazilian paint industries announced nominees from 54 categories, among them Sergio Heyder, Manager of resins and electroinsulator department, and Ivonei Vavassori, Manager of powder coating of WEG Tintas, of whom presented Fernando Itaziki, Area Sales Manager for Latin America,IM GROUP with the trophy for best Industrial Tinting Equipment Systems in Brazil.

“It is an honour to receive this award on behalf of our group—in person—I feel it is important for us to be able to meet face-to face again, to see each other and the loyal customers who have rewarded us and been with us for so long. I also wish to
thank Agnelo De Barros Neto, Lucélia Monfardini, Erica Brandão and all the team at Paint&Pintura for yet another outstanding industry event this year.” said Fernando Itaziki, Area Sales Manager for Latin America, IM GROUP, who together with Luis
Henrique, runs the IM GROUP operations in Latin America.​​​​​​​IM GROUP, who made global headlines late last year when they announced the start of their “Advanced” phase, with the joining of mechanical engineering firm IEC+, has been a leading brand in the Latin American market for over two decades.
“We are overwhelmed by this recognition, for the ninth year in a row, and thank the Brazilian people; our customers and suppliers. Their loyal support has established our leading position in the Industrial Tinting Equipment Systems in the Brazilian market, firstly as Inkmaker Group and now as IM GROUP,” concluded
Christophe Rizzo, CEO EMEA / Americas, IM GROUP

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Silvio Cimenti – Global Director of Branding and Marcom, IM GROUP


Formed in Italy in 2021, IM GROUP (formerly Inkmaker Group) is the holding brand of: Inkmaker, Rexson, Vale-tech, Swesa, Teko, Tecnopails and IEC+. With its combined strength the group offers total process-engineering solutions within the industries of paint, coatings, ink, speciality-chemicals, adhesives, corrugated packaging, pharma, food, cosmetic, textiles and more. IM GROUP, with its brands, operates with its own staff and offices in over 15 countries over 5 continents.

About Inkmaker Worldwide

Inkmaker, is the founding member of IM GROUP. It was formed in Italy in 1987 and is a global manufacturer of integrated dispensing systems that improve efficiency by automating the process of ink, paint and chemical dispensing and mixing. Inkmaker’s proprietary software and systems, manufactured in three continents, guarantee highly accurate colours consistently, precisely and instantly.

About Rexson Systems 

Established in 1984, Rexson is a privately-owned British brand of automated dispensers that are widely used in the paint and coatings and liquid ink industry, as well as the industries of cosmetics, food, oils, pharmaceuticals and speciality chemicals. Materials can be liquid, gels or paste, hazardous, caustic, flammable or have thixotropic rheology. Its headquarters are in Kettering, Northamptonshire in England and it has a global network of regional and international clients and support partners.

About Vale-Tech 

Established in 1985 Vale-Tech, previously a subsidiary of Rexson, is a British brand of ink dispensing systems for the worldwide printing industry. Vale-Tech employs a team of engineers dedicated to the design and build of innovative products incorporating the latest technology focused on narrow web and paste-ink dispensing systems. Its headquarters are in Newmarket, Suffolk in England and it has a global network of regional and international clients and support partners.


Formed in Germany in 1994, Swesa, is a privately owned and independent German manufacturer specialised in customised automated dosing-systems for the food packaging, office furniture, tissues and heavy-duty corrugated packaging industries. Swesa machines are customisable and explosion risk (ATEX) certified. Its headquarters are in Eltville am Rhein, Germany and it has a global network of regional and international clients and support partners.

About Teko 

Established in 2013, Teko is a privately-owned solutions partner specialised in; Point-of-Sale systems and integrated solutions combining engineering with chemistry. Based in Malaysia and Indonesia, Teko supports all the Inkmaker Group brands through its network of regional sales and support partners.

About Tecnopails 

Established as LAVELLI e C in 1974, Tecnopails, is a privately owned and independent Italian manufacturer of customised modular automated filling, sealing, labelling and palletising machinery—for pails, buckets and cans—that is widely used in the ink, paint and coatings industry, as well as the industries of food and speciality chemicals. Tecnopails’ machines are explosion risk (ATEX) certified. Its headquarters are in Piacenza in Emilia Romagna, Northern Italy and it has a global network of regional and international clients and support partners. 

About IEC+ 

Established in 2013, IEC+ srl is a mechanical engineering company, specialised in the design and manufacturing of dispersing, grinding and mixing equipment as well as complete engineering studies and turnkey solutions. Its headquarters are located in Travesetolo, in Parma, Northern Italy with a global network of regional and international clients and support partners.

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