Dow Industries Buys HP Indigo WS600 Digital Press
PALO ALTO, Calif.—Continual demand for multiple stock keeping units (SKUs) encouraged label converter Dow Industries to install an HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press and immediately fill it with jobs previously printed on the company’s flexographic presses.
The 6-color label and packaging press, which is designed for cost-effective short-run printing, addresses a continuing trend at the Wilmington, Mass.-based firm.
“The real thrust behind digital is our customers’ increasing need to provide a greater number of SKUs, which is why we’ve brought in our fourth HP Indigo press with the new WS6000,” said Walter Dow, chief executive officer and owner, Dow Industries. “The press’s higher volumes let more of our customers gain the advantages HP Indigo digital technology brings—from its ability to reduce client inventory needs, to its superior image quality.”
Dow Industries produces most of its work on film, and the improved white HP ElectroInk used on the HP Indigo WS6000 is an important feature for high-quality full-color digital printing on clear or metallic film substrates.
Opportunities for Dow’s health and beauty clients
Now, more of the brands Dow Industries serves—including those in the health and beauty industry—can use digital printing to pursue sales opportunities. High-volume digital production on the HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press can make it affordable for these businesses to move even very long label runs for a specific product into multiple SKUs, with targeted designs that appeal to different geographies, ethnicities or more. When done strategically, this can result in a boost in overall product sales for both Dow Industries and the brand owners it serves.
Brand owners are starting to maximize the opportunity that digital provides. A job with 100 or more SKUs is not uncommon at Dow Industries, and some jobs have required nearly 700 SKUs.
“The multi-SKU phenomenon is a key reason digital printing is driving a transformation in labels and package converting,” said Jan Riecher, vice president and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business – Americas, HP. “Companies like Dow Industries are bringing more value to the supply chain with the high-volume productivity and tremendous production flexibility the HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press offers.”