Flexible packaging printer ePac has broken its record for flexible packaging production having doubled its customer base in the past year.
The company has also hit a new production record at the start of 2020 on its fleet of HP Indigo 20000 digital presses operating globally. In January 2020, its production numbers reached over 20 million B1 impressions at 10 sites where it is currently operating HP Indigo presses. Compared to January 2019, its volume has tripled.
ePac currently serves more than 6000 customers, primarily small and medium-sized businesses that benefit from HP Indigo digital technology for economical short, medium and longer run length orders.
With expansion plans in 2020 in North America, Europe, and Asia, including an ePac Asia Pacific operation scheduled to open for business in Bandara Mas, Tangerang, Indonesia in mid-2020 as the first ePac site in the region, the business is set to roll out a total of 52 HP Indigo 20000 presses by the end of the year.
ePac chief marketing officer Carl Joachim said the steady rise in customer demand continues for digitally printed packaging.
“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,” he said.
HP Indigo general manager Alon Bar-Shany said ePac is leading the digital flexible packaging movement worldwide, as it successfully replicates its HP Indigo digital printing-based business model in new locations.
“This expansion provides new opportunities for brands and end users benefit from digital printing advantages, including fast turnaround, no minimum order quantities, low waste and unlimited variable data for targeting, customisation and personalisation,” Bar-Shany said.
Founded in May 2016 as a Greenfield business with one HP Indigo 20000 press, ePac’s key markets 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 for HP – in preparation for its global expansion. The investment is valued at over $100 million, including hardware, supplies and services over several years.
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