US-based flexible packaging start-up ePac is expanding into Europe. The company's first manufacturing site scheduled to begin production in the UK in the second half of the year.
The manufacturer of finished pouches and rollstock has created ePac Holdings Europe to manage the company’s growth in the region.
Focused primarily on food manufacturers and co-packers, ePac serves brands of all sizes with a service model that ships finished pouches in three weeks or less. Rollstock can be delivered in under 10 business days.
EPac uses digital printing to cater to short- and medium-run orders, allowing customers to order to demand, reducing inventory and guarding against material obsolescence.
The company currently has sales operations in the UK, with deliveries handled out of its US locations.
In line with the EU movement toward sustainability, ePac said it will offer recyclable film as an option.
“Digital printing is far more eco-friendly than conventional printing processes since waste and process steps are eliminated and energy consumption is reduced,” said the company in the release.
The European unit will be managed by Johnny Hobeika, who has previously “developed and managed successful manufacturing, sales, and distribution centres” in the UK and Europe.
According to Hobeika, ePac will have a particular advantage in the European market, where packaging suppliers will have to meet various language needs.
“With the number of countries and languages in Europe, the volume of SKUs a brand must bring to market can be expensive and time-consuming…. Multi-SKU orders can be rapidly produced in the same print run without printing plates and minimal waste,” Hobeika noted.
Founded in 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin, ePac is a fast-growing packaging company that uses the Hewlett-Packard HP Indigo 20000 digital press as a basis for its business model. The UK operation, located in the Midlands, will be the company’s 15th site.