ePac Flexible Packaging, an all-digital flexible packaging converter with six planned locations in the United States, has purchased 10 additional HP Indigo 20000 digital presses to expand operations through mid-2019. The new order quadruples production capacity for ePac and is the largest packaging deal for HP to date.
The purchase is ePac’s second expansion with the HP Indigo 20000 flexible packaging press since launching just 18 months ago with one HP Indigo unit. ePac currently uses three HP Indigo 20000 presses in Madison and Boulder, and the 10 new units will be deployed in new facilities opening in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Miami.
“ePac helps simplify how brands of all sizes buy flexible packaging. Rapid turnaround time, low minimums, customization, graphics quality, and the ability to print to demand differentiate ePac from conventional flex pack converters,” said Jack Knott, CEO, ePac Flexible Packaging. “Printing is the core enabling technology we have built ePac on, with the HP Indigo 20000 serving as the foundation of our manufacturing platform.”
The 30-inch (76 cm) Indigo 20000, explains HP, provides converters the freedom to produce nearly any flexible packaging application, in addition to labels, and shrink sleeves on film or paper – with unlimited variation and support for growing SKUs, alongside benefits like reduced waste from minimal setup and production of only the quantities needed. Since its release in 2014, converters around the world have purchased more than 115 HP Indigo 20000 presses.
The HP Indigo 20000 is driven in large part by the HP PrintOS, allowing printing company’s to monitor press performance in real time, while the HP flexible packaging ecosystem has grown to include solutions like HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination and now eBeam for surface print protection.