announced significant adoption of the high-volume HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press worldwide.
In 2019, the global market for printed labels and sleeves will be $41 billion and is expected to grow annually by a rate of 4 percent through 2024 to $49.9 billion, according to Smithers Pira.
Digital label and shrink sleeve production is experiencing faster growth from $12.1 billion in 2019 to $16.5 billion in 2024 in real terms, with print volume rising at 9.6% CAGR, to reach 14.7 billion square meters, by 2024.
“Growing demand for the HP Indigo 8000 is a testament to the field-proven capability of this breakthrough solution, redefining high-quality, narrow-web digital label productivity,” said Alon Bar-Shany, GM, HP Indigo, HP Inc. “Uniquely positioned to ignite the analog-to-digital transformation, the HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press is delivering over two million linear square feet per month in narrow-web productivity to label converters using HP Indigo.”
HP Indigo’s labels and packaging solutions lead the market with more than 2,000 presses operating worldwide.
New purchases by US label and packaging converters include Innovative Labeling Solutions, Dion Label Printing, Nosco, Info Label, Quality Tape and Label, and Natural State Label. Converters in Europe, Latin America and Asia are also operating the press.
Innovative Labeling Solutions, based in Ohio, added a second HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press to boost digital productivity at its site.
Imprimerie de l'Eperon of France also added an HP Indigo 8000.
Nosco, a packaging solutions provider headquartered in Illinois, is installing an HP Indigo 8000 press on its production line.
Dion Label Printing, based in Westfield, MA, added the press to work alongside two HP Indigo WS6800 digital presses.
Info Label of New York chose the HP Indigo 8000 to complement its production in HP Indigo WS6000 series presses.
The HP Indigo 8000 Digital Press prints at up to 262 linear feet (80 m/min), enabling label converters to move toward an all-digital production floor by printing any run length or any application with an HP Indigo fleet.
HP Indigo ElectroInks can be used for food-packaging applications and are free of UV-reactive chemistries.
Operating alongside HP Indigo 6000 series presses the HP Indigo 8000 can also help streamline operations, saving on operator training, supplies management, and enabling load balancing among jobs of different run sizes. Key benefits and features include:
HP Indigo’s liquid electrophotography (LEP), using HP Indigo ElectroInk with minute ink particles, delivers crisp linework, attractive images and smooth vignettes with a very thin ink layer that gives uniform gloss between the ink and substrate;
Support for a wide range of narrow-web applications with easy and quick changeovers, including pressure-sensitive labels and shrink sleeves using 7 ink stations. Prints on substrates from 0.5 pt. to 18 pt including off-the-shelf substrates with in-line priming. HP Indigo ElectroInk Premium White delivers high opacity white in a one-pass process, opening new digital opportunities;
HP Indigo ElectroInks can be used in a wide range of packaging applications in compliance with stringent global food safety regulations, such as the Nestle guidance and the Swiss Ordinance. HP Indigo ElectroInks are free of UV-reactive chemistries and contain no photoinitiators;
A full range of inline and offline label converting solutions includes a fast die cutting station by AB Graphics International.