Graphic Arts News Advisory: March 03, 2012

HP Helps Print Service Providers Deliver Mainstream Flexible Packaging and Folding Carton Applications

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 13, 2012 – HP today unveiled new presses that allow print service providers (PSPs) to apply digital printing’s supply chain, inventory and product marketing advantages to the sizes common in packaging production.

The 30-inch/762-millimeter (mm) wide, web-fed HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press and the 29.5-inch/750-mm wide, sheet-fed HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press use the same market-leading,(1) high-quality, versatile printing technology that top brands choose for label and packaging production on HP Indigo WS6000 series digital presses.  

“HP Indigo digital printing already has transformed the label market, and the larger format and higher throughput brings the unique benefits of digital to other segments of this market,” said Christopher Morgan, senior vice president, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “With these new presses, we can help packaging printers offer their customers the benefits of digital printing and redefine what is possible for the brands they serve.”

HP will demonstrate the new presses in May at the drupatradeshow as part of a full portfolio of packaging solutions from HP. The new portfolio also features an HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press compatible with a broader range of synthetic substrates, as well as HP Scitex FB7500 and FB7600 Industrial Presses that have a new white ink option for corrugated packaging.

Greater sell-through and shelf appeal with a streamlined supply chain

HP’s solutions offer significant benefits for brand owners, including:
— Strong product sell-through with the adoption of multi-SKU strategies that maximize seasonal, promotional and cause-related marketing opportunities.
— High product appeal and brand integrity with an HP Indigo imaging process that outperforms flexographic and offset-printed products in several industry studies and competitions.
— Better use of capital resources with lower warehousing costs, less waste from obsolescence, and reduced up-front investments for initial orders.

One HP customer benefitting from these advantages is Pasadena, Calif.-based Avery Dennison Corporation. The company’s Label and Packaging Materials (LPM) division is the leading global provider of advanced pressure-sensitive materials for digital labeling and packaging and the first global Preferred Media Supplier of HP Indigo-certified label and packaging substrates. LPM is collaborating with HP to develop new ways to differentiate brands in a crowded consumer packaging marketplace while improving speed, operating efficiency and productivity for printers. 

Avery Dennison’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) division also uses a global fleet of HP Indigo presses to produce branding and information solutions for apparel retailers and brands. RBIS, the global leader in sustainable packaging, apparel embellishments and RFID, is replacing offset printing with HP Indigo technology to achieve consistent, high-quality branding for retail brand owners to deliver better productivity and turnaround times. 

HP Indigo WS6600 accelerates digital adoption

HP Indigo presses are driving continued momentum as a cost-effective, efficient alternative to analog printing.

Launched last September, the HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press has led several long-standing HP Indigo customers to increase their fleet size to take advantage of an Enhanced Productivity Mode that boosts throughput by one-third. (2) Those customers also take advantage of the HP WS6600’s optional, in-line priming (ILP) unit, which enables printing on many of the standard, off-the-shelf media used on flexo and gravure presses. 

Schneller Leopold, one of Germany’s leading folding carton producers, recently held an open house to showcase how it uses the HP Indigo WS6600 for carton production. Other HP WS6600 users have deployed the press for flexible packaging and tube production. 

To further improve the HP WS6600 model’s capabilities, Michelman, a global developer of water-based barriers and coatings for flexible film packaging, paperboard, and corrugated cartons, has released a new primer for the press’s ILP unit. The Michem ILP040 primer extends the ILP’s media compatibility from paper-based substrates to synthetic media.

HP also has released a new SecurePack System for HP WS6600 and HP WS4600 model presses, providing a controlled and monitored environment for efficient production of pharmaceutical and security applications.

Helping PSPs capture flexible packaging’s growth

Scheduled for commercial availability in late 2013, the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press is a roll-to-roll digital press designed primarily for flexible packaging.

The HP Indigo 20000 press’s 30-inch/762-mm media width and 44-inch/1,100-mm repeat length accommodate most flexible packaging format sizes. With up to seven-color printing, including white ink, and printing quality that matches gravure production, the press can meet brands’ stringent color and quality requirements. The HP Indigo 20000 runs at 88.6 linear feet/27 linear meters in five-color mode (full process color plus white) and at 147.6 linear feet /45 linear meters per minute when running in Enhanced Productivity Mode.

An inline priming unit on the press helps to ensure compatibility with nearly any standard flexible packaging substrate from 10 to 250 microns thick. Materials printed on the press are compatible with dry lamination and comply with food packaging regulations when used with good manufacturing practices.

The press will feature an EskoArtwork print server and upstream prepress tools that integrate into the entire EskoArtwork system of production workflows for high quality and efficiency. Compatible third-party workflow solutions provide complementary capabilities such as web-to-print, management information systems services and printed content inspection/verification.

HP Indigo also supports customers wishing to set up dedicated production lines for short-run work with qualified comprehensive finishing options for the new press. Pouch-making equipment manufacturer Totani has joined the HP SmartStream Solutions Partner program and is developing finishing solutions for flexible packaging printed on the HP Indigo 20000.

HP’s new sheet-fed press for folding carton production

The sheet-fed HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press offers a 29.5 x 20.9-inch/750 x 530-mm format size compatible with existing offset printing presses used for mainstream folding carton applications. Scheduled for commercial availability in late 2013, the press offers proven HP Indigo print quality with up to seven-color printing on carton stocks up to 600 microns thick. The press can run up to 4,600 sheets per hour in Enhanced Productivity Mode and 3,450 sheets per hour in regular four-color process printing.

As a near-zero setup digital solution, the HP Indigo 30000 can help PSPs produce more short-run jobs per shift.(3) The press comes with an inline priming unit for compatibility with a wide range of media.

Like the HP Indigo 20000, the HP Indigo 30000 will feature an EskoArtwork print server and upstream prepress tools. Additional comprehensive production components, such as digital finishing solutions from HP SmartStream Solutions Partner program members, will help packaging printers reduce their turnaround times for folding carton work.

Best-in-class industrial white ink solution for corrugated

HP also offers a range of high-performance, UV-inkjet HP Scitex flatbed industrial presses that create new digital packaging production opportunities on corrugated board and other rigid substrates up to 1-inch/25.4-mm thick. 

The HP Scitex FB7500 and FB7600 Industrial Press models can now print high-quality, full-color corrugated packaging using a new white ink solution that produces high-quality, full-color graphics on natural kraft board.

The HP FB225 White Scitex Ink and HP Scitex FB7500/FB7600 White Ink Kit help customers reduce labor and pre-press costs compared to analog solutions and improve efficiency with precise white-to-CMYK registration.

More information about new HP graphic arts solutions for package printing is available at, and through the HP Graphic Arts Twitter feed at and YouTube channel at

HP also is discussing its news on March 14 at 11 am ET in a webinar taking place at

(1) HP internal data based on data from InfoTrends (2009) and Tarsus (2010).
(2) Compared to HP Indigo WS6000 digital press in four-color mode.
(3) Assuming 15-60 minutes of on-press setup time for conventional printing process (excluding time for making plates) and a setup time of one minute for the HP Indigo 30000.

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