ePac expands Indigo packaging fleet

The North American converter ePac Flexible Packaging, which is committed to HP Indigo, has ordered a further 20 Indigo 20000 presses, significantly expanding its business and highlighting the growing demand for these presses.

Jack Knot, CEO of ePac, signs for the new Indigo 20000 presses.

The company’s business model is to supply economical short and medium run length jobs, to brands of all sizes, with rapid time to market and true high definition quality graphics. It was set up in May 2016 and currently has four sites, operating eight Indigo 20000 presses, all in North America. But it is is experiencing strong demand from many market segments, including the rapidly growing natural/organic food and sports nutrition markets

Consequently ePac is planning to expand to 15 locations including the recently announced Boston and Austin sites, joining Madison, Chicago, Miami, and Boulder. The 20 new presses, which will give it 28 presses in total, will be installed by 2020. Besides the Indigo 20000 presses, ePac also uses the HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination, eBeam curing, and pouch-making lines.

Jack Knott, CEO of ePac Flexible Packaging, believes the company can grow into a billion dollar business, saying: “Thanks to HP Indigo digital printing and our unique business model, our customers are benefitting from an improved experience, including completing orders within 10 business days – compared with six to 12 weeks for conventional printing – as well as reduced environmental impact and on-demand customization.”

Carl Joachim, ePac’s CMO, says that SMBs use the service for its quick time to market and ability to cater to on-demand ordering, while larger brands are ordering medium-run length multi-SKU orders, and variable data/imagery for their marketing campaigns.

This does indicate that HP is finally starting to reap the benefits of developing the 20000 presses, which have had quite a slow start. The 20000 was originally announced back in 2012 as one of three B2 Indigo presses, alongside the 10000 and 30000. However, unlike the other models, this is a roll-fed press printing to flexible film, which was a bold move given that any converter would have to demonstrate a reasonable flow of medium run jobs to justify the cost of the press. Still, HP claims to have sold 160 of these presses worldwide, up from 100 a year ago. The 20000 can produce most forms of flexible packaging application, including labels, and shrink sleeves on film or paper.

You can find further details on ePac here, and on the Indigo 20000 here.


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