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HP Indigo showcases for the first time in Europe the HP Indigo V12 Digital Press and the HP Indigo 200K digital press

This week, HP (NYSE: HPQ) is attending Labelexpo 2023, the world’s largest event for the label and packaging industry, demonstrating its strong commitment to the market it serves with the introduction for the first time in Europe of the industry-altering LEPx-based HP Indigo V12 and HP Indigo 200K digital presses. These solutions present a complete portfolio allowing converters to shift the great majority of their label jobs to the HP Indigo 6K, HP Indigo V12, or HP Indigo 200K digital presses with outstanding efficiency, leading to substantial business growth. 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 personalization, fast change of art, lower waste, less inventory, and on-demand delivery.

An HP Indigo First Mindset
HP Indigo holds 65% of the worldwide digital label & 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.”

Changing the Label Industry
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.”

A press for every L&P purpose
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 setup; 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 colors 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, and 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.

European beta customer Marti Alaball, Chief Operating Officer of Enplater S.A, said this week: "Enplater is proud to be the first owner of the HP Indigo 200K digital press in the EMEA region. We were impressed to see that software and hardware improvements across the board have made a dramatic difference in the productivity and performance of the new press. We look forward to producing great work with it."

Carl Joachim, CMO of US HP Indigo 200K beta site ePac, added: “The flexible packaging market is changing, and brands of all sizes are discovering the benefits of digital print. Today, ePac serves thousands of customers across the globe enabling them to go to market faster and more sustainably with great packaging. We offer an unlimited number of SKUs with low minimum order: it’s a new ballgame.”

Committed to Sustainability
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 our 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.