This week, HP Inc. is attending Labelexpo 2023, the world’s largest event for the label and packaging industry, demonstrating its outstanding efficiency and substantial business growth thanks to the industry-altering LEPx-based HP Indigo V12 and HP Indigo 200K digital presses. With these solutions, HP demonstrates its strong commitment to the market and offers a complete portfolio that allows converters to shift the great majority of their label jobs to the HP Indigo 6K, HP Indigo V12, or HP Indigo 200K digital presses. Completing the main display with the well-established, industry-standard HP Indigo 6K Digital Press, the Patio Hall will be humming with a suite of presses that accommodate every need of converters and brands in the label and flexible packaging industry.
The HP Indigo V12 Digital Press, currently ending a successful beta phase, is now available for early release. “We believe two V12 digital presses can replace eight flexo presses and completely transform our business,” said Jeremy Letterman, Vice President Operations and Supply Chain at Brook+Whittle, running a V12 digital press in their Hamilton, Ohio print facility. Converting more pages to digital, the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press brings the agility of digital printing to high-volume label jobs currently printed conventionally and meets brand demands for more personalisation, fast change of art, lower waste, less inventory, and on-demand delivery.
HP Indigo holds 65% of the worldwide digital label and packaging market value ($), and more than 2,600 active presses in the field, enabling converters to become Future Ready for the ever-changing market needs. “Traditionally, flexo had been the label industry’s default printing equipment, with digital focus on high-value jobs,” said Noam Zilbershtain, VP & General Manager, HP Indigo and Scitex. “But with Indigo’s new press portfolio, and especially with the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press, converters can shift to an ‘Indigo first’ mindset, leading to optimal efficiency, sustainability, and ROI across a versatile portfolio of print jobs. Now it’s Indigo First, flexo second.”
The HP Indigo V12 Digital Press is successfully completing beta sites around the world, including All4Labels, Eshuis, and Brook+Whittle. It reaches unprecedented productivity with the renowned HP Indigo Print Quality. For even greater productivity, ABG’s nonstop winding solution – specifically developed to run with the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press and also demonstrated at the booth – can be added. HP Indigo V12 Digital Press Beta customer Roger Gehrke, Plant Manager at All4Labels Hamburg, said of his successful experience with the new press: “The HP Indigo V12 is a game-changer. Now we have speed, quality and versatility, which is closing the gap with conventional printing.”
Innovating for every label and packaging need
Completing the portfolio on the booth floor is the HP Indigo 6K Digital Press – the backbone of digital print. At Labelexpo, the 6K digital press will demonstrate E2E complete order-to-label automation with the Web2Pack e-commerce solutions for small brands, combining the ABG Digicon Series 3 – a fully digital line with no set-up; the Storefront solution from Infigo; and digital embellishment and laser die-cutting finishing from ABG. PrintOS Spot Master is now available on the HP Indigo 6K and 200K digital presses, enabling converters to reach spot colours in minutes, to keep them consistent throughout the run, and to share the results with their brands.
The 200K digital press is now commercially available, after completing an excellent beta phase. The only field-proven mid-web solution for flexible packaging print is designed for seasoned industry players, or for label converters who wish to diversify their business to include FP, increase their label productivity or print wider format labels and shrink sleeves. The HP Indigo 200K Digital Press drives on-demand delivery with no minimum orders. It enables spectacular variable designs and minimal waste vs conventional printing processes. It is the heart of the Digital Pouch Factory which along with HP Indigo partners offers a complete lamination, slitting and pouch-making production line. Partners at the show will include Karlville Pack Ready for thermal lamination, Karlville Swiss for pouch making, and JetFX for digital embellishment.
Delivering on sustainability commitments
Printing live at the booth, HP Indigo and partners will demonstrate how to help meet brand sustainability expectations by printing on a full range of HP-recommended sustainable media including compostable, recycled and FSC-certified paper, as well as a recyclable paper pouch.
The circular economy approach will be demonstrated at HP’s dedicated sustainability station. It will feature daily Happy Hour events with Tony Beer wash-off labels, which allow easy and complete label removal for smooth recycling, showcased in collaboration with Etivoet of Belgium; and Pouch to Pouch creation – recycling a used pouch into a new one. HP Indigo will also demonstrate a newly designed Carbon Footprint Calculator which helps converters and brands to assess the carbon footprint of a printed job.
Currie Group is the ANZ distributor for HP Indigo
For more information on the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press visit: https://www.hp.com/us-en/industrial-printers/indigo-digital-presses/labels-flexible-packaging-digital-presses/v12-printing-press.html.
For more information on the HP Indigo 200K Digital Press visit: https://www.hp.com/us-en/industrial-printers/indigo-digital-presses/labels-flexible-packaging-digital-presses/200k-printing-press.html