Growth seen in digitally printed flexible packaging

BakPac supports growth with HP Indigo 200K install

Baker: Indigo 200K will help the business grow at a faster rate
Baker: Indigo 200K will help the business grow at a faster rate

BakPac, the flexible packaging division of independent UK label printer Bakers, has invested in an HP Indigo 200K digital press as part of a broader £3m expansion strategy.

The Brentwood-based company signed a deal for the machine in December and installation followed last month, with the machine replacing an Indigo 20000.

Bought to support the company’s digitally printed flexible packaging growth, the Indigo 200K is a CO2 neutral press that boasts a 30% increase in printing speed and a 45% boost in expected productivity for BakPac. It will enable “quicker turnarounds, unparalleled efficiency, and the ability to handle diverse printing requirements with ease” according to the company.

Enhancements include efficient energy consumption and improved corona treatment for a cleaner, greener footprint, a new writing head laser system for increased print speeds, and an ink delivery system with five dual revolver stations, supporting 100% coverage and non-stop printing.

BakPac said the ability to handle higher volumes faster would extend the company’s reach, moving the crossover point between digital and flexo and making larger orders more accessible.

Managing director Steve Baker said: “We have been experiencing a growing demand for volume alongside price pressure. We needed a press that was more efficient, reliable and more cost effective. The 200K gives us all of these elements and will help the business grow at a faster rate.”

The investment marks the tenth HP digital press Bakers has invested in since 2006. The company’s Labels division currently runs two Indigo 6900s and an Indigo 6K that was installed last summer.

Peter Jolly, UK & Ireland manager at HP Indigo, added: “BakPac's investment in the HP Indigo 200K is a testament to the continuous innovation and impact our digital print technology brings to the packaging industry.

“The HP Indigo 200K is designed to increase productivity and print speed which in turn fosters more opportunity for growth.

“We are proud to partner with BakPac on our tenth successive digital press together and continue to enable their journey as a pioneer for advancements in flexible packaging and setting standards for efficiency, reliability, and sustainability.”

Independent family business Baker Labels has been established for 50 years last year, after Roy and Marian Baker founded the company in 1973. It moved to its current home of Brentwood in 2011 and today its 112 staff turn over £16m.