Bakers has sealed two deals at drupa that are set to expand both its BakPac flexible packaging division, and its labels division. The deals together value nearly £2.25m investment for the Brentwood based, independent label and packaging manufacturer.

Having launched BakPac in 2020, with HP’s Indigo 20,000 press the company upgraded to the Indigo 200k in January 2024. The first 200K installed less than six months ago has met the hype, explained the company. This was a key reason for Bakers’ second investment in a 200k said Steve Baker, the company’s managing director.

He stated, ‘We have been seriously impressed with the performance and productivity levels of the 200k that we installed in January this year. This has enabled us to go for and win larger contracts with confidence which is excellent news for our business. We are confident this growth will continue and to ensure we are able to maintain an excellent, fast service the second 200k press was an easy choice to make.’

Clare Revell, HP’s industrial print regional business manager, commented, ‘I’m thrilled that we have agreed the sale of a second Indigo 200k flexible packaging press to Steve Baker and the team at Baker Labels, at drupa only six months after the installation of the first one. We couldn’t be happier to be associated with such a dynamic, successful, forward-thinking company.’

The logistics of an installation date are yet to be agreed on but with the expansion of the BakPac production floor to a second facility, there is room ready and waiting.

Adding to the purchase of a HP Indigo 200k, the company has also invested in a Durst TAU 340 RSC. This is Baker Labels’ first investment with the Italian based manufacturer.

Tom Baker, finance and development at Baker Labels, said, ‘This press will take our inkjet quality to a new level. The team will be excited to get their hands on this one.”

Simon Cosh, labels business development manager of Durst UK and Ireland, commented, ‘I’m absolutely delighted that Bakers have placed their faith and invested in the Durst Tau RSC. It’s the first RSC with LED and the new Hawk Ai scanning system in the UK so the height of inkjet technology. We look forward to a fruitful partnership that pushes the boundaries and capabilities of inkjet for labels and packaging.’

The current plan, explained Baker Labels, is to see the Durst press installed in within the next three months.