HP has delivered the first HP PageWide C500 Press for digital mainstream corrugated direct-to-board printing to Israeli packaging company Carmel-Frenkel.

Located in Caesarea, Carmel-Frenkel provides new packaging solutions for leading brands, as well as the food and beverage industry.

As the press moves towards its commercial availability, it will be tested at the customer site in Israel.

“These inks enable robust and trusted food-safe printing for both primary and secondary corrugated packaging.”

The press will offer a cost-effective digital alternative for offset lamination and flexo production.

The HP PageWide C500 Press provides offset quality direct-to-board with mainstream productivity on both coated and uncoated papers, thereby delivering packaging with vibrant graphics in order to preserve the finest details.

Equipped with a water-based ink formulation, the HP press will allow converters to print food applications that can help comply with global food safety regulations and industry guidelines.

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HP PageWide Industrial Division general manager Eric Wiesner said: “This groundbreaking technology can address the broadest range of digitally post-printed corrugated packaging applications, including the growing segment of food packaging.

“Unlike some other digital printing alternatives, HP PageWide water-based Inks are 100% free of ultraviolet-reactive chemistries.

“Thus, these inks enable robust and trusted food-safe printing for both primary and secondary corrugated packaging.”

The new press adds to the company’s existing portfolio of solutions for corrugated applications.

This provides converters with new opportunities to address dynamic market requirements, including speed-to-market, high customisation and short runs, as well as supply chain efficiency.

The first commercial units of the HP PageWide C500 Press are slated to be installed in Europe and the US next year.