Official opening for ePac's first UK site


Digitally-printed pouch specialist ePac is holding a customer event today to mark the official opening of its new UK site in Northamptonshire.

New UK site: "We’re at a turning point in the history of flexible packaging"
New UK site: "We’re at a turning point in the history of flexible packaging"

The 2,259sqm ePac UK Silverstone facility at Brackley is the first ePac site in Europe, and went into production in October.

Some 200 guests including customers and local dignitaries are expected at the event.

Recently-appointed ePac UK managing director and managing partner John Peat said the business was “delivering on our promise to disrupt the market”.

“After a lot of hard work, we are ready to show the UK market how digitally printed flexible packaging from ePac is changing perceptions on a global scale. This is an exciting time for the whole team, and we are looking forward to welcoming our guests,” he said.

EPac has standardised its offering around the HP Indigo platform, and the UK site is kitted out with two HP Indigo 20000 digital web presses and “class-leading pouch-making equipment”.

The firm has also expanded its team with the appointment of Emma Winton as regional sales manager for the north.

She joins from the Ultimate Group where she worked in business development at its Ultimate Digital wing.

Nick Monk, sales director UK & Ireland and managing partner of ePac UK Silverstone, said Winton’s experience in digitally printed flexible packaging and knowledge of the market would be “instrumental” in driving the business forward.

“Our digital-only concept is attracting the right talent, and we will continue to expand and take on more trailblazers like Emma,” he said.

Last month ePac announced that it planned to nearly double its production capacity over the coming year as it ramps up its worldwide expansion. It is buying a further 24 HP Indigo 20000 presses in a $100m (£76.5m) spend as it grows from 28 presses in 12 locations to 52 presses in 20 locations – including the new UK manufacturing plant.

EPac Holdings Europe managing director Johnny Hobeika stated: “We’re at a turning point in the history of flexible packaging and there is no going back. 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.”

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