The new facility has been built next to HP’s existing Indigo ink manufacturing site in Kiryat Gat, Israel and incorporates a new laboratory for HDR240 Scitex ink development and quality assurance.

Replacing HP’s old Scitex manufacturing plant at Ashkelon in Israel, which has been closed down, the new site will be one of two HP plants that produces Scitex inks – the other being based in Puerto Rico.

According to the manufacturer, its two sites at Kiryat Gat are both ISO14001 certified and are the first in the company – and in Israel – to conform to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, a US-developed environmental rating system.

“To win business with big brands, HP Scitex customers require reliable products and inks that offer consistent results at top quality,” said HP Scitex general manager Boaz Perets.

“The new HP Scitex ink plant allows us to address these needs and meet the growing demand for HP Scitex UV-curable inks while protecting the environment.”

Perets added that all staff from HP’s old Askelon site had transferred to the new site while the company had also recruited more staff to support the growth of the business.

The Scitex FB10000 was unveiled at Fespa in June this year and is targeted at the sign and display, corrugated and retail-ready packaging markets.

A number of early installations have already been completed, with first signings for the device taking place at Fespa, although general commercial availability and shipping does not begin until November.