UK prepress specialist expands globally with New Zealand acquisition

UK headquartered prepress expert Reproflex 3 is set to capitalise on opportunities in the New Zealand flexo industry with the acquisition of Opti-Flex.

The deal sees Reproflex 3 further strengthen its global presence to meet the growing demand for high quality flexible packaging and sustainable pack design across the region.

R3 co-founders Trevor Lowes (left) and Andrew Hewitson .

Andrew Hewitson, Reproflex 3 co-founder, explains: “As a highly regarded and trusted supplier of products and services to leading packaging businesses and brand owners in New Zealand, Opti-Flex is the perfect partner for Reproflex 3.

“By tapping into the skills, technical strengths and expertise of both companies, we have the capability, resources, and cutting-edge prepress technologies to meet the increase in demand and new business potential the global flexo industry offers.

“This investment will boost the quality and capability of services within the New Zealand prepress industry and the name change symbolises our joint commitment to build the business together and deliver more value to our customers.

“We want to help flexo printers and brand owners across New Zealand to sustainably increase the quality of their packaging designs and to capitalise on the operational benefits we can offer.”

For more than 17 years, Opti-Flex’s highly skilled technicians have worked hand-in-hand with customers to provide innovative solutions and leading-edge technologies that deliver outstanding print products through its sites in Christchurch and Auckland.

Angus Cooper will manage the business as R3 NZ general manager, he said: “Under the ownership of Jeff and Elaine Hogg, Opti-Flex has forged a reputation for embracing innovation and leading-edge technologies to deliver outstanding print products for customers. We are delighted to join forces with Reproflex 3. They understand our business and have an excellent reputation for service and innovation within the industry.

“Coming together to create R3 NZ creates an advantage for our customers, in addition to our existing range, our customers will also have access to an enhanced collection of high-quality products and services. This includes the very best advanced prepress tooling, digital workflows, state-of-the-art screening technologies, aniloxes, doctor blades, plate manufacture and mounting tapes.

“As a futureproofed and stable prepress supplier, we are 100% focused on capturing the supply chain efficiencies that will give our customers everything they can get out of prepress to become even more successful.”