UK headquartered prepress expert Reproflex3 has acquired Opti-Flex.

The two companies will merge their organisations to create R3 NZ. They see a growing demand for high quality flexible packaging and sustainable packaging design across the region. Andrew Hewitson, Reproflex co-founder, says the deal will help the company strengthen its global presence. He says, “Opti-Flex is a highly regarded and trusted supplier of products and services to leading packaging businesses and brand owners in New Zealand. So it is the perfect partner for Reproflex3.

“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. Also, 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. Further, we can help them capitalise on the operational benefits we can offer.”

Embracing innovation

Opti-Flex has sites in Christchurch and Auckland. Angus Cooper will manage the business as R3 NZ general manager. He says, “Under the ownership of Jeff and Elaine Hogg, Opti-Flex has forged a reputation for embracing innovation. Also, they have leading edge technologies to deliver outstanding print products for customers. We are delighted to join forces with Reproflex3. 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, screening technologies, aniloxes, doctor blades, plate manufacture and mounting tapes.

“We are a future proofed and stable prepress supplier. Also, we focus 100 per cent on capturing the supply chain efficiencies. As a result, our customers can access everything they can get out of prepress to become even more successful.”

In 1996, Andrew Hewitson and business partner Trevor Lowes founded Reproflex3. It develops “cost effective tools and solutions that add value for the print community”. These include its award-winning Vortex and ProjectBlue screening technologies.

Reproflex3, a growing global business, has sites in the UK, Middle East and Asia. It also delivers its prepress technologies in the US and Europe through its global partner network and joint ventures. It provides services to clients 24/7 anywhere in the world.

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