Karlville announced that it has entered into an agreement with ePac to establish a digital flexible packaging facility at its Miami, Florida headquarters.
ePac is a North American flexible packaging company focused on the quick turn, short to medium run length digital flexible packaging market.
Karlville, a global company known for innovative packaging solutions, will add ePac commercial operations to its incubation lab and showroom facilities in Miami, Florida. The joint initiative is the first step in a longer term strategic collaborative relationship designed to speed research and development of manufacturing products for flexible packaging. This arrangement will enable ePac Miami to serve its local market, while at the same time work with Karlville on innovation projects and create a working showroom for Karlville customers.
ePac Miami will be equipped with Karlville Solventless and HP Indigo Pack Ready laminators, slitters and stand-up pouch makers. As an incubation strategy, the arrangement will enable new technologies in lamination, coating and curing to lower cost, increase performance, create a testing ground for new materials, and to broaden diversity in pouch formats.
Raul Matos, Karlville vice president, said: ‘We’re excited about our partnership with ePac, and the ability it will provide Karlville to focus on innovation and extending our research and development with the HP Indigo 20000, all in a live, working environment. This is a win-win relationship for both companies: Karlville gains a global showcase and working incubator environment, while ePac continues its expansion throughout the United States with leading edge technologies.’
John Price, Karlville president, said: ‘This new cooperation with ePac gives us the opportunity to refine our machinery solutions and build a stronger technical support team for digitally printed flexible packaging. We are happy to be working closely with both HP and ePac to help push digital business to the next level.’
With locations near Madison, Wisconsin, and in Boulder, Colorado, and additional plants scheduled to open in Los Angeles and Houston, ePac offers pre-media, digital printing, laminating and pouch making services.