Set to establish an all-digital packaging plant

CompanyBox has confirmed it has purchased an HP PageWide C500 Press to produce high-quality digital post-print corrugated packaging. The investment supports CompanyBox’s all-digital plant strategy to meet brands’ demand for greater flexibility in corrugated boxes and displays.

Scheduled for installation this autumn, the HP PageWide C500 Press will serve as CompanyBox’s cornerstone in expanding its digital footprint in high-volume corrugated packaging. The company sees growing demand for high-quality single-pass digital print, especially with fast-moving consumer goods and food packaging.

The C500 will operate in the company’s greenfield all-digital packaging plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. With this strategic site and its additional plant in Geneva, Ohio, CompanyBox can efficiently serve the packaging needs of some of America’s largest retail brands and subscription service companies with a digital print capacity of over 85,000 square feet per hour. The new press will be CompanyBox’s largest digital investment, following its HP Scitex 15500 and 17000 multi-pass press installations. The C500 will help support the company’s fast-growing packaging business,

“We needed a digital solution for primary food packaging. We knew we wanted to differentiate with inks containing no UV-reactive chemistries,” says Louie DeJesus, CEO of CompanyBox. “True water-based ink is a feature that will enable us to comply with even the most stringent global food safety regulations, including Nestle guidance and Swiss Ordinance.”

HP’s recently announced One Package workflow portfolio will enable CompanyBox to integrate mainstream digital print into its fast-paced operations. “Efficient, high-volume workflow is extremely important to our continued ability to meet customers’ service level agreements,” says DeJesus. “We trust HP to help us look at the big strategic picture, while addressing many smaller ways to enhance our operational efficiency. The PageWide C500 and One Package workflow portfolio give us the ability to scale.”