HP unveils new PageWide for paper-based packaging

The T700i was presented for the first time last week at a US event
The T700i was presented for the first time last week at a US event

HP has unveiled the PageWide T700i Press, a new 1.7m-wide digital web-fed platform.

Expected to be available for installation in late 2023, HP said the T700i will help users achieve greater operational efficiency for high-volume production of digital single-face lamination, corrugation, and folding carton applications.

The press platform will be “configurable to meet specific customer and market needs” and includes a variety of in-line options for manual or continuous unwinding, priming, varnishing, and delivery in both roll and sheet format.

Select configurations will be capable of up to 300m/min, supported by HP’s single-pass Thermal Inkjet technology with true water-based inks for printing packaging that can be recycled.

HP said the new press platform supports increased plant capacity and reduced manufacturing costs for paper-based packaging production and will enable packaging converters to print with “significantly accelerated turnaround times” and lower minimum order quantity requirements that optimise inventories, while focusing analogue print capacity on longer runs.

”We listened to the needs of our customers and the market when designing the T700i Press,” said Annette Friskopp, global head and general manager of HP PageWide Industrial.

“Now more than ever, converters need greater flexibility to respond to dynamic market trends and challenges, and digital packaging continues to fundamentally transform the packaging supply chain for high-volume and mainstream production.

“The HP T700i Press enables customers to achieve production cost savings and shorter lead times and enables them to go after higher value print jobs.”

The T700i will be the second press format built in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer, following the PageWide T1100S Press in 2015, and later followed by upgrades including the PageWide T1170, T1190, and the T1195i Press.

Christoph Müller, Koenig & Bauer executive board member, said: “Koenig & Bauer is one of the world’s leading traditional press manufacturers, with over 200 years of experience in press engineering and developing innovative solutions that meet customers’ quality expectations.

“Together with HP’s leadership and innovation in the field of thermal inkjet technology, the HP PageWide T700i Press was developed to once again combine our complementary technological strengths to provide packaging converters with unprecedented flexibility and quality consistency.”

HP presented the T700i for the first time last week at the Corrugated Week 2022 event in San Antonio, Texas.

Earlier this month, HP launched the new PageWide Advantage 2200 series press, which it said offers “industry leading productivity with quality”, and media versatility for those in publishing, direct mail, and commercial print.