US company ePac Flexible Packaging is set to open its first manufacturing plant in Vancouver as part of its expansion into Canada.

The Vancouver facility is a partnership between ePac Holdings and Smartpak Holdings. It will serve the Canadian market with a focus on western Canadian provinces.

The company is currently accepting orders, which will be fulfilled by one of its six US locations until the Vancouver facility opens later this year.

ePac Vancouver managing partner George Boustani said: “I’m excited to bring ePac’s unique business model to Vancouver. Small and medium-sized businesses, in particular, will benefit from having a local supplier to work with as an option to traditional and overseas packaging suppliers.

“With our digital platform, ePac customers launch new products faster, run more promotions, and order to demand, thereby reducing inventory and obsolescence.”

Established in 2016, the company uses Indigo 20000 digital printing technology from Hewlett Packard to fulfil its customers’ orders.

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In April, ePac Flexible said it will open its first manufacturing location in the Midlands, UK, in the second half of this year.

The location is part of the packaging firm’s announcement to expand into Europe. ePac Holdings Europe will be responsible for managing the expansion in the continent.

In January, the packaging firm revealed plans to expand its operations by opening production facilities in various cities across the US.

In total, 17 ePac locations will be opened between this year and 2020 in various sites in the US, the UK and Canada.