The Pokémon Company has announced that it will be purchasing the North American card-printing company 'Millennium Print Group' for an undisclosed sum.
The printing company has already been producing and packing cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game since 2015 after partnering up with The Pokémon Company. The move will not have a major affect on Millennium's day-to-day productions, with the company still operating as a separate entity; The Pokémon Company will instead be providing "investment and industry expertise" while assisting Millennium in expanding its capabilities and infrastructure.
Kenji Okubo, President of The Pokémon Company, had this to say:
"The talented team at Millennium Print Group has been an important partner to The Pokemon Company International for many years, helping us bring the Pokemon Trading Card Game to our fans with the quality they expect. By joining forces in a more meaningful way, our goal is to enhance the ways our organizations work together and continue to bring the highest quality Pokemon TCG products to market. Simultaneously, we aim to develop Millennium into an even better, bigger, state-of-the-art version of their already exceptional organization, benefiting not just Pokemon, but all of their customers."
Hopefully this move will at least ensure that Pokémon cards will be more readily available going forwards. Just recently, a man was sentenced to 3 years in prison for spending COVID-19 relief money on a rare Pokémon card.
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