HP is unveiling the new HP PageWide C500 Press, a flexible and robust industrial post-print corrugated solution powered by proven HP PageWide Technology.
Leveraging 30 years of HP Thermal Inkjet innovation and powered by proven single-pass HP PageWide Printing Technology, the new HP PageWide C500 Press introduces a highly versatile, offset-quality cost effective solution for corrugated direct-to-board printing.
The new press is designed to seamlessly integrate into a standard production environment, from large integrated packaging converters with centralised or distributed printing, to small, independent sheet plants, enabling customers to affordably adopt digital technology for mainstream production and reinvent a segment ripe with opportunity.
Digital printing is the fastest growing segment in packaging with a projected annual growth rate of 17% in a market expected to be worth $19 billion by 2019.
Helping customers expand media versatility and enhance production flexibility, HP Corrugated Grip Technology allows customers to handle a wide range of media from the lightest micro-flute to the heaviest double-wall board.
Additionally, new water-based HP inks are designed for printing on the non-food contact surface of paperboard packaging and comply with global food safety regulations and industry guidelines necessary to produce food-compliant packaging, thus allowing customers to capture more opportunities with leading food and packaging brands.
The press joins HP’s growing portfolio of digital solutions for packaging from thin films to cartons and corrugated, providing converters with new opportunities to increase productivity and profitability while satisfying dynamic market requirements.
HP plans to start testing the HP PageWide C500 Press at customer sites in 2017, and the press is expected to be commercially available in 2018.