Boutwell Owens boosts high-value cartons with HP Indigo 30000
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Boutwell Owens, a leading US supplier of printed paperboard packaging, is significantly boosting its high-value digital print business with its upgraded HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press. The press is helping the converter deliver high-quality customized packaging and significant cost-savings for its customers for SKU management and production.
Installed at Boutwell’s Fitchburg, MA site, the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press is commanding the digital transformation at the converter, running three shifts, five days a week.
“Digital is a necessity in today’s workflow. We could not survive today without the HP Indigo 30000. It is an indispensable part of our arsenal enabling us to deliver quickly to market with less tooling expenses,” said Bill Hodges, VP Sales and Marketing at Boutwell. “It’s all about the interchangeability, with the HP Indigo 30000 delivering quality surpassing offset, and the ability to offer a wider array of services to our customers.”
According to Hodges, the press is delivering consistently crisp print, at higher-fidelity quality compared with offset, in both high-resolution 7-color print or black and white. “Business is growing rapidly in short-run, high-fidelity work in addition to managing the proliferation of SKUs beyond imagination,” he said, adding the press can flawlessly process unlimited SKUs.
The versatility package on the enhanced HP Indigo 30000 provides more flexible paper handling, and increased versatility with a synthetic kit for plastic cards, plastic packaging, plant labels and other applications printed on PVC, PET, PP and other synthetics.
An HP Indigo 30000 worldwide launch customer, digital print at Boutwell is today more than five percent of production and growing. According to Hodges customers are choosing digital to prevent overprinting of packaging, in addition to using digitally printed packaging as a means to engage with customers and tell their story. Boutwell also uses the Highcon Beam digital cutter to deliver sophisticated packaging.
Key areas of production are automotive, consumer and personal care products, and medical. Some clients have as many as 1,800 different SKUs, contracting Boutwell to manage and print their packaging inventory. “Customers who buy high volumes analog have a lot of part numbers that are very difficult to service in the offset universe. It becomes more efficient from a supply chain perspective to use digital, while also benefitting from speed to market and promotional printing,” said Hodges.
Founded 133 years ago as a commercial printer, Boutwell Owens has developed into a packaging business, with a North American footprint. It is still privately held and is a full graphics management company, which produces folding cartons, display cards, specialty and promotional packaging, commercial printing, and laminated fluted packaging including EFlute and NFlute.
Featured in the image above are Boutwell Owens employees (l to r) Bill Lorenz, VP of Operations, Scott Hoaglund, Lead Press Operator HP Indigo 30000 and Tom Wall, Production Manager.