Delafield, WI-based GOpak LLC, a new flexible packaging manufacturer, is using the HP (Palo Alto, CA) Indigo 20000 Digital Press and electron beam (EB) curing technology to supply the growing demand for pouches, while delivering more sustainable products, including compostable and recyclable packaging options.
The company, which commenced operations in June in its modern 10,000 sq. ft. facility, was established to meet the growing demand for small and medium-sized volumes, speed-to-market in flexible packaging, and improved sustainability. As the digital market within flexible packaging started to grow, co-founders David Hotchkiss (far left) and AJ Buran created a business plan, based on the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press and EB curing technology.
AJ Buran has 25 years of printing and packaging experience, while Hotchkiss is a 27-year veteran in the plastics machinery business, primarily as a business owner specializing in all types of extrusion (blown film, sheet, profile) and injection molding.
“Many container packaging segments are moving more to flexible packaging, including food and beverage, health and beauty, and other consumer products,” said Buran. “However, smaller brands are not able to get high-quality printed pouches due to large minimums and plate costs. Smaller brands are typically forced to buy blank pouches and label them, and now with the HP Indigo 20000 the emerging brands can eliminate the label and compete with the bigger brands and gain shelf appeal.”
HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press provides converters the freedom to produce nearly any flexible packaging application with a wide variation thanks to its high-powered digital front end for variable graphics.
The production concept at GOpak is surface printing on prelaminated structures followed by EB curing. This allows GOpak to ship printed rolls in a few days. The durability of EB curing, which cross-links the varnish, inks and material as a single structure, can eliminate a lamination layer providing sustainability advantages. Because EB technology cures instantly without photo-initiators, the process is approved for food applications and without set-aside time in the traditional lamination process.
GOpak provides stand-up pouches and roll-stock packaging with speed-to-market to printing and packaging companies and select brands. The EB finish is available in gloss, matte, and soft-touch versions for durable, striking effects for stand-out packaging possibilities.
For more information, visit www.GOpakflexibles.com or 262-303-4004.