Curries pounces on dealer UPP to grow packaging operations

Curries said it would benefit from UPP's "vast knowledge" of self-adhesive labels, flexible packaging, carton and corrugated packaging markets.

Executive chairman David Currie described the two businesses as an excellent fit.

"UPP’s great expertise and market knowledge combined with Currie Group’s Australia and New Zealand extensive sales, service and customer support infrastructure will bring excellent opportunities to Currie Group’s customer base," he said.

Curries sees labels and packaging as sectors with significant growth potential, said the general manager of labels and packaging, Mark Daws.

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"With premium brands such as Omet and ABG in UPP’s range of offerings, we see these technologies as very much complementary to our existing range of digital and conventional products, offering our customers complete solutions ranging from conventional UV inks, flexo capability, digital printing and a range of vision inspection and converting technology to suit all label and packaging applications."

UPP's managing director, Tim Stafford, and technical sales manager, John Murray, have joined Curries as part of the deal.

Stafford said combining with Curries would allow UPP to offer its customers greater support.

"With the growing success of Universal Print Partners, it was a natural position to join a very well-positioned and successful business as the Currie Group," he said.

"With all that Universal Print Partners brings to the Currie Group it truly creates a one-stop solution to the labels and packaging sectors while still focusing on offering the best capital equipment and return-on-investment programs."

Curries' agencies include HP, AB Graphics, Omet, Karville and Schober Technologies.

UPP was founded in 2007.

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