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Field Group buys Dutch supplier

FIELD GROUP, the packaging manufacturer, has bought Holland's biggest supplier of printed pharmaceutical leaflets and books, Van Os of Eindhoven, for pounds 3.7m.

Van Os made profits of pounds 600,000 in 1997. Keith Gilchrist, chief executive of Field, says the acquisition means the group has extended its pan-European supply network with the acquisition of five operations in a year, giving it a combined turnover of pounds 30m.

It plans to seek more acquisitions to strengthen its position as a leading packaging supplier to the European healthcare market.