Flexible packaging company Epac eyes global expansion with raft of new plants

GLOBAL – High-quality flexible packaging provider, Epac has announced plans to accelerate its growth and transition to a global enterprise over the next 18 months.

The packaging firm will establish eleven new sales and manufacturing locations across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East/North Africa, and North America bringing ePac’s global footprint to 36 locations.

In Europe, a second plant will be added in each of the UK, France, and Poland. In Austria, ePac Innsbruck will open in Q4 2022, along with a new site(s) to serve the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries.

Johnny Hobeika, Managing Director of ePac Europe said: “We are ramping up as usual. With the pandemic behind us, we still have very strong sales even in the current economic climate.

“We need to keep up with, or step ahead on the capacity to keep our customers satisfied with our ten-day deliveries SLA.”

Hobeika said the new site would also have a combination laminator from Nordmeccanica to allow the production of more complex packs.

“It’s a slightly more complex laminator so we can laminate a triplex or add a coating or spot embellishment. It has two extra stations,” he explained.

In the Asia Pacific region, second plants will be added in Indonesia and Australia, and a new operation will start in Malaysia.

The company also plans to establish an Asia-based Global Services group to manage operations in the region.

In the Middle East/North Africa region, ePac West Africa in Ghana will open in Q4 of this year, while evaluations of new sites in Kenya and Turkey are underway.

Finally, in North America, the previously announced ePac Montreal is planned to open in early 2023, along with 3 additional plants in the US.

Established in 2016, ePac is based on a disruptive business model that includes an all-digital and highly automated technology platform, a commitment to the communities our plants reside in, and a focus on helping small and medium-sized brands compete and grow.

As the company has expanded its broad network of facilities and geographic coverage, it has enabled the rapid start-up of new plants and created the ability to split long-run jobs among multiple plants. ePac’s platform is capable of serving all but the longest of run lengths.

According to Jack Knott, ePac CEO concluded: “To manage our growth and operations our company is transitioning from ePac Holdings to ePac Global with an infrastructure to optimize market knowledge and growth in each country we are in.”

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