UK-based prepress, flexographic plate manufacturer Reproflex3 has announced the acquisition of ANF, a company that manufactures flexographic printing plates for the packaging industry.

The companies have not disclosed the financial details of this transaction.

The deal is expected to boost the overall production capabilities of the British fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) packaging print specialist.

It will further help Reproflex3 to expand its presence in the European corrugated packaging and pharmaceutical sectors.

Reproflex3Group CEO Andrew Hewitson said: “ANF is a respected player in the UK pharma and corrugated packaging industries, whose expertise is unquestioned with excellent people, processes and products.

“We are pleased to formally announce this strategic investment for the Reproflex3 Group as we seek to increase our manufacturing capacity and know-how within corrugate [market] both here in the UK and internationally.

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“By adding ANF’s capabilities and prepress plate technologies to our portfolio of businesses, we can provide customers with an even higher level of service and expertise as we combine the assets and strengths of both businesses.”

Reproflex3 has prepress operations in the Middle East, Europe, India, as well as New Zealand to offer various services for its global client base.

ANF managing director Paul Stoddart said: “I am pleased about this deal for ANF and our people. Reproflex3 is an innovative and ambitious company with a successful 25-year track record in prepress and flexible packaging.

“Our talented team will now have access to their state-of-the-art technologies as well as benefit from Reproflex3’s vast knowledge and digital workflow management systems.”

ANF specialises in providing printing solutions for FMCG brands and pharmaceutical companies located across the UK and Europe.

ANF co-owner David Ball added: “We are proud to become part of Reproflex3, their extensive resources will enable us to provide our customers with the highest quality products and services.”