Packaging manufacturer EPac will celebrate the opening its first European production site in early December.
According to the company, first orders are already rolling off the EPac UK Silverstone production line, located at a 24,200 sq ft facility in Arrow Park, located in Brackley, Northamptonshire.
The company uses an all-digital printing concept targeted at food manufacturers and co-packers. EPac says that it can ship finished pouches in about three weeks, with rollstock delivered in under 10 business days.
“We are delivering on our promise to disrupt the market by ramping up to full production at Silverstone at an incredibly fast pace,” said John Peat, managing director and managing partner, EPac UK.
Fast turnaround caters to short- and medium-run orders, allowing customers to order to demand, reduce inventory and guard against obsolescence in packaging.
The purpose-built facility has ‘class-leading machinery’ for the production of flexible packaging to order. Output can be rapidly scaled up, with ‘multiple’ HP Indigo 20000 digital presses.
Founded in 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin, the EPac UK operation will be the company’s 15th location
A further £100m round of investment should see the company double production capacity over the next year, taking the number of HP Indigo digital presses from 28 in 12 locations to 52 in 20 locations.
“Delivering high quality products in 10–15 days is fast becoming the norm, and brands are waking up to the fact that they can have what they want, when they want it and change their designs at short notice,” said Johnny Hobeika, managing director, EPac Holdings Europe.
Hobeika added that EPac offers a “simple and effective business model” to address these challenges.