ePac Flexible Packaging has announced expansion plans in the Asia Pacific region with its first manufacturing site due to open in the second quarter of 2020 in Tangerang, Indonesia, before further expansion into South East Asia and Australasia.
Newly created ePac Holdings, based in Singapore, will be managed by Hadi Widayat, appointed as a director of ePac Holdings Asia Pacific. The company is a collaborative investment between ePac Holdings US, Era Prima and the Indosterling group of companies. ePac is expecting commence the sales in the region in early 2020.
‘We would like to empower local small businesses with flexible packaging products on par with the big brand owners to enable them to compete nationally and internationally,’ said Widayat. ‘The short-run, quick turnaround philosophy of ePac will bring tremendous benefits for many local businesses that currently do not have the scale, capital, or expertise to compete. We will start with a base in the Indonesian market, then moving forward to South East Asia and Australia/New Zealand.’
Jack Knott, CEO of ePac Flexible Packaging, added: ‘Our Asia Pacific operations will be based on the same strategy that has grown our US and European operations, which is to serve our local communities with flexible packaging that competes with larger brands in design, structure, and quality. We feel Indonesia is the perfect launching point for our Asia operations with a large population that is demanding local, small brands on a regional basis.’
ePac’s unique business model is built on digital printing technology from HP, using Indigo 20000 printing presses and is focused primarily on food manufacturers and co-packers. It offers shipping of finished pouches in 15 business days or less, and rollstock in under 10 business days.
In line with the global movement toward sustainable packaging, ePac’s all-digital platform is far more eco-more friendly than conventional printing processes since waste and process steps are eliminated and energy consumption is reduced. Additionally, brands have the ability to order to demand so less flexible packaging is kept in inventory and ultimately discarded. ePac also offers recyclable, compostable, and post-consumer recycled film options.
The expansion announcement comes after the official opening of the first manufacturing plant in the UK. ePac, established in 2016, already runs 15 plants in the United States.