Slogan: Printing for professionals
Dutch manufacturer of professional equipment designed for printing, replicating and scanning various large format documents. This equipment, analog and digital, is able to work both independently and as a component of the most complex reprographic systems. Special patented technologies allow you to achieve not only excellent quality, but also high speeds (some models are capable of producing more than 1000 copies per minute). In addition to the equipment itself, accessories and consumables for it and specialized software are also produced.
Brand history ose began in the second half of the 19th century, when in 1857 the pharmacist Lodewijk van der Grinten opened a small pharmacy in his own house in the town of Venlo (Velno, The Netherlands). I had to share the premises with my older brother, Jean, who was a watchmaker. However, this did not last long. After some time, Ian abandoned his unprofitable business and went to work in the police, and Lodewijk moved to a larger premises.
The first serious development of Lodewijk was food coloring for butter, which he created in 1865. Suddenly, a seemingly simple thing brought success to his enterprise. The fact is that in 1869 a new product appeared, originally called "African butter", and now known as "margarine". Due to its cheapness and ability to be stored for a long time, margarine quickly spread throughout Europe. And here the invention of the Dutch pharmacist came in handy, since only he owned the secret of coloring edible oil. The Lodewijk dye was also excellent for margarine, which began to be produced in serious quantities. In order to satisfy the needs of all the farmers who needed the dye, it was even necessary to build a small factory, rebuilt in 1877. By the way, the food coloring company Ocean worked until 1970.
This would have continued if not for Lodewijk's grandson, Louis van der Grinten. In 1919, he developed a special dye for copying, which was superior in quality to the analogues then available. After the First World War, when income Boterkleurselfabriek L. van der Grinten from food coloring were significantly reduced, production was in dire need of such innovative ideas. The success led to an in-depth study of the process of copying documents - reprography. The result is the birth of an innovation that has come to be known as the semi-dry diazo copying process. At the same time, for the first time, the name appeared ose - an abbreviation for the German phrase "ohne componente" ("componentless"), which characterized the invented process. Well, the letter "E" was added simply for "symmetry" and readability. It happened in 1927. However, for a long time the company continued to be called Van der Grintenusing the brand Ocean only for their products. Change of company name to Oce Technologies B.V. happened in 1997.
| Oce ColorWave 300 is a multi-tasking system capable of copying,|
scan and print color A0 documents.
And 1935 was marked by the advent of a new technology that made it possible to make copies from opaque originals. For a long time, this process, called RetOce, was the only inexpensive and easy way to copy large-format documents. Until 1945, there were no worthy analogues to him.
The company gradually increased its turnover. Since 1960, its promotion to world markets began. The first foreign office appeared in Germany, then, in 1964, in Belgium, and then in other countries. Thanks to tireless scientific research, it was possible to achieve exceptionally high skill in this matter and become one of the leaders. Thus, the Copy Press System technology developed in 1973 made it possible for the copy to acquire offset quality.
Headquarters Ocean Technologies still located in Venlo. Representative offices and subdivisions can be found in many countries of the world, most continents. Over the years of its existence Oce Technologies B.V. absorbed more than one company, for example, the French CIAP (1969), American BK Elliot (1970), English Ozalid Group Holdings Ltd. (1977), French Schlumberger (1989) and others...
In early 2010, a deal was announced under which Ocean Technologies absorbed Japanese manufacturer of photographic equipment Canon.