Lexmark International announced Friday that it is combining its two divisions, which produce laser and inkjet printers, into a single operation.
The move won't include any job reductions, said Jerry Grasso, spokesman for the Lexington-based printer maker. He said the idea behind it is that Lexmark's inkjet printers have become more and more geared toward businesses in recent years. Because lasers were already focused on that type of customer, it made sense to unify the sales, marketing, and research and development portions of the businesses.
"The combination of the divisions will enable us to bring more value to customers, more consistency to our products, and enhance our approach to the market across the full range of our imaging solutions and services," chief executive Paul Rooke said.
The decision also answers a question of who would replace Rooke, the former inkjet division leader who became CEO late last month after former leader Paul Curlander announced his retirement. At the time, Rooke said he would continue leading the inkjet division in the interim. With Friday's announcement, executives said laser division leader Marty Canning will oversee the combined operation, called "Imaging Solutions and Services," and will report to Rooke.
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Perceptive Software, which was acquired recently by Lexmark, will remain a standalone business within the company and continue to be led by Scott Coons.