DS Smith, a leading provider of corrugated packaging and displays, is expanding its digital printing capabilities to provide customers faster turnarounds and mass customization with the HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press.
The HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press represents a significant expansion of the company’s digital capabilities and was installed in DS Smith’s Belper, Derbyshire, UK site in March 2015. The press will enable DS Smith to produce high-quality corrugated boxes as well as cost-effective customized output with the potential for every printed piece to be unique at speeds up to 600 feet per minute (183 meters per minute). With the ability to digitally preprint four process colors onto liners up to 42 inches (1.06 meters) wide prior to corrugating, the HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press will also help DS Smith in its quest to provide customers faster turnarounds with greater production flexibility. DS Smith has been growing its digital packaging printing offering over time and previously invested in an HP Scitex 15000 Corrugated Press at its Norrköping location in 2014. Within six months, the Norrköping location’s digital production rose to 15 percent of its total output.
“We invest in the latest printing technology at an early stage to ensure our customers have unrivalled access to the highest quality and widest range of printing techniques,” said Stefano Rossi, divisional CEO for DS Smith. “We look forward to developing digital alongside our other print processes; the combination of speed, quality and agility provided by our extensive range of printing options opens up many opportunities for our customers. This is a big investment; it shows our determination to be at the forefront of technology, to lead the market and to continually enhance the service and support we provide to our customers.”
As DS Smith continues to deploy high-volume, digital print solutions, it will also be the world’s first user of HP’s upcoming wide-web digital preprint solution, the HP T1100 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press, and will lead the industry with this game-changing technology.