U.S.-based global packaging leader breaks record with 20 million impressions on HP Indigo Digital Presses

Carl Joachim.

ePac Flexible Packaging, a global digital flexible packaging leader with locations in Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom and the Asia Pacific region, has announced that it has reached a new production record at the start of 2020 on its fleet of HP Indigo 20000 digital presses operating globally – driven primarily by a doubling of its customer base in the past 12 months. Currently expanding in 2020 in North America, Europe and Asia, ePac is now serving more than 6,000 customers – mostly small and medium-sized businesses benefiting from HP Indigo digital technology for economical short, medium and even longer-run orders, coupled with ePac’s commitment to 10-15 business-day turnarounds. In January of 2020, production reached a new record of over 20 million B1 impressions at 10 sites where ePac is currently operating HP Indigo Digital Presses. Compared to January of last year, volume has tripled. “Our customers have discovered the advantages of locally-sourced, fast-turnaround packaging as a means to drive market expansion of their brand. A high percentage of orders today are coming from returning customers,” said Carl Joachim, ePac Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. By the end of 2020, ePac is set to roll out a total of 52 HP Indigo 20000 presses as it continues its global expansion to 20 locations.

Alon Bar-Shany.

“ePac is leading the digital flexible packaging movement worldwide, as it successfully replicates its HP Indigo digital-printing-based business model in new locations,” said Alon Bar-Shany, General Manager at HP Indigo. “This expansion provides new opportunities for brands and end users to benefit from digital printing advantages – including fast turnarounds, no minimum order quantities, low waste and unlimited variable data for targeting, customization and personalization.”

ePac’s growing footprint in the U.S. today includes sites in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Madison. In Canada, ePac Vancouver has begun operations, as has ePac Silverstone in the United Kingdom. Production sites in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Seattle and Richmond will open later this year, with several more U.S. sites currently under review. Plus, expansion in Europe and Asia Pacific, announced in late 2019, is scheduled to open for business in Bandara Mas, Tangerang, Indonesia in mid-2020 as the first ePac site in the region.

HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press.

ePac taps into growing market for digital flexible packaging. Founded in May of 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin as a Greenfield business with one HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press, ePac has grown exponentially. ePac’s key markets today include coffee, pet food, nutritional supplements, snacks, health and beauty, organic foods, cheese and dairy, confection, jerky and bakery products. In 2019, ePac placed an incremental order of 24 HP Indigo 20000 presses that was the largest packaging deal ever for HP, in preparation for its global expansion. The investment was valued at over $100 million, including hardware, supplies and services over several years. Advantages of the 30-inch-wide (76 cm) HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press include a 42-inch repeat and white-ink options. In addition, At ePac, HP’s PrintOS software is also an integral part of job workflow, performing press performance uptime monitoring across its entire fleet of printers.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.