UK headquartered pre-press provider Reproflex3 has acquired Opti-Flex to secure opportunities in the New Zealand flexo industry and strengthen its global presence.

The two companies will merge their organisations to create R3 NZ from 1 October 2021.

Andrew Hewitson, Reproflex3 co-founder, explained, ‘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 Reproflex3.

‘By tapping into the skills, technical strengths and expertise of both companies, we have the capability, resources, and cutting-edge pre-press 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 pre-press 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.’

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 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 pre-press tooling, digital workflows, state-of-the-art screening technologies, aniloxes, doctor blades, plate manufacture and mounting tapes.

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