Flexible packaging business confirms European expansion

FLEXIBLE packaging specialist ePac Holdings has announced it is establishing its first sites in mainland Europe.

The first two countries to set up digital-only production plants are France and Poland, where ePac said local partners will be leveraging the firm’s business model, which delivers custom printed roll-stock and finished pouches within 10–15 business days, after artwork approval.

ePac Flexible Packaging was founded in the US in 2016 by Jack Knott, Carl Joachim and Virag Patel. The company has since opened facilities across the US, UK, Canada and Asia. Under the ePac Holdings Europe umbrella, the first site in the UK opened in December 2019, at Silverstone.

Johnny Hobeika, MD of ePac Holdings Europe said, “Our tried and tested concept is setting a new standard in packaging and we are very excited to take this to new customers in France and Poland as we continue to serve brands with high-quality packaging produced locally. The European market is crying out for faster delivery, full flexibility and sustainable production, and the ePac model meets those demands with ease.”

The new manufacturing centre in France will be located near Lyon, in the town of Bourgoin Jallieu. Operations will be headed up by Jonathan Schmitt, who is the managing partner at ePac Lyon. The new ePac facility in Poland will be located in Wroclaw, where Maciej Plamieniak will take over. Like ePac Lyon, orders will be fulfilled by the UK until full manufacturing is online.

Johnny Hobeika added, “Despite the challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought, this is an incredibly exciting time and I welcome the new additions to the ePac family. We have come so far in such a short time thanks to the dedication of all our people, and we are now ready to take the next step in our journey.”