US software firm boosts global reach in swoop for Lancashire operator

Abaca Systems' HQ

A US-based software provider for specialty manufacturing and distribution companies, has acquired a Lancashire packaging software solutions firm, for an undisclosed sum.

Advantive, located in Tampa Bay, Florida, says the addition of Abaca Systems, based in Ormskirk, further advances its commitment to driving innovation in the manufacturing and distribution lifecycle by expanding the company’s expertise in the packaging and corrugated space for European markets.

Abaca Systems has been powering the packaging industry since 1991 with its state-of-the-art solutions designed to suit all complex production requirements with a single piece of software.

Its fully integrated software architecture is ideal for an array of customers including those in corrugated packaging, distribution, and maintenance, while its business management suite – accounting, reporting and scheduling solutions, CRM, and document management capabilities – provides packaging customers with optimum performance in one secure, easy to use, and fully comprehensive solution.

Benoit de la Tour, Advantive CEO, said: “Advantive is constantly seeking out partners that will allow us to deliver the best in distribution and manufacturing to our customers.

“The addition of Abaca Systems helps us to fuel these aspirations globally. We look forward to using these new solutions to improve efficiencies and continue to deliver value to our global customers.”

Graham Dickinson, joint managing director of Abaca Systems, said: “”Our aim has always been to offer superior products to our customers, and by joining the Advantive family, we will now be able to offer those customers even more.

“By adding our solutions to Advantive’s existing suite, we hope to even further improve the customer experience and ultimately serve to transform the packing space.”