Reproflex3 has announced a major capital expenditure investment that includes major refits to its New Zealand sites. It says the more than one billion dollar investment will increase the group’s production capabilities in corrugated packaging.

The strategic investment includes recruitment, new processing and production equipment, refits to its sites in New Zealand and the creation of a dedicated corrugated studio at the company’s UK headquarters.

The company provides of prepress services to the global flexible packaging industry. It says the new hires, facilities and production equipment will allow for faster turnaround times, as well as improved accuracy and consistency in the production of corrugated packaging.

The company’s investment in its New Zealand operations in Auckland and Christchurch, is a major infrastructure project. It includes the refurbishment of production areas and the installation of a new plate processing machine, two AV mounting tables and a washout facility to take on bigger, wider format jobs and boost efficiency.

This latest investment follows the company’s successful live trials of its award winning five colour Vortex screening technology. Targeting manufacturers in the corrugated and paper-based packaging industry, it aims to produce higher-quality print with greater efficiency.

New post-print category

Andrew Hewitson, chief executive at Reproflex3, says, “We are investing to create a new category in the post-print sector by increasing print quality, print process stability and print efficiencies.

“This is just the start of our investment into corrugate. We plan to grow globally as well as locally as the market responds to our innovations. Reproflex3 will continue to work strategically with companies that have a vision to accelerate their growth and profitability. We have successfully done that with the flexible packaging industry.

“Our mission is to provide customers with the highest quality corrugated packaging whilst reducing the time and cost associated with its production. This latest capex investment is a testament to that mission. In addition, it demonstrates the level of confidence we have in our screening technologies and growing production capabilities in the UK and globally.”

Hewitson and Trevor Lowes founded the company in 1996. Headquartered in Northeast England, the company operates sites in the UK, Dubai, India and New Zealand. It deploys its corrugated and flexographic print technologies through technical partnerships in the USA and mainland Europe.

Employing more than 80 prepress specialists worldwide, it delivers its services and technologies into 20 countries.

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