Xeikon enables Labo Print to add paper cup manufacturing

Digital paper cup printing

Labo Print
Xeikon 3500 digital press will enable Labo Print to manufacture personalized and sustainable digitally printed paper cups. Photo - Xeikon

Poland-based label printer Labo Print has set up a new department to manufacture paper cups, adding to its comprehensive printing portfolio. Utilizing the operational performance of a Xeikon 3500 digital press with dry toner technology accredited for food safety, the company can produce sustainable, personalized digitally printed paper cups that appeal to consumer preferences. The 3500, Xeikon’s high digital press for labels and folding cartons, claims to offer versatility, speed, and the opportunity to print on a wide range of board types – ideal for fast-moving products to meet ever-evolving consumer demand.

Krzysztof Fryc, chief executive officer and co-founder of Labo Print, said, “We know that comprehensiveness and focus on quality are the two characteristics which Labo Print’s clients value most. These characteristics, combined with our team of experts, full transparency and professional resources, make even our most demanding clients see us as a trustworthy partner. Each manufactured product must have packaging and the right markings, regardless of whether it is a cosmetic, a beverage or a family-produced pot of honey. We supply a whole range of product options and pay particular attention to the comprehensiveness of the solutions we offer.”

Investment in technology

The manufacture of digital labels at Labo Print is expanding product category, mainly due to the substantial investments which, over a brief period, has exceeded PLN 10 million, said Xeikon. Today, the equipment in the company’s Label Section includes a variety of equipment for the printing, die-cutting, and finishing of labels. Xeikon’s comprehensive portfolio of technologically advanced equipment ensures Labo Print can offer its clients the shortest turnaround times while maintaining the highest quality and reasonable prices.

The company (Xeikon) said, when Labo Print added a Xeikon 3500 digital press to its inventory at the end of 2018, the primary deciding factor in the purchase was the versatility of the press and the high quality of digital printing using Xeikon dry toner technology – which at the time was not attainable from any other manufacturers. Initially, the press was primarily planned for printing labels using ICE toner, which complies with the highest number of standards and regulations for food products and is also environmentally friendly. The toner has no emissions of harmful substances and no odor. Furthermore, one of the assumptions Xeikon made was that the high quality of print on the Xeikon press measured by a resolution of 1200 dpi would satisfy the expectations of clients whose printing projects contained small or detailed graphic elements.

The aforementioned compliance of Xeikon dry toners with their accreditation and regulatory standards related to food contact was utilized by Labo Print in 2020 to start a production line of short-run paper cups. The overprinting of the substrate for the manufacture of cups is the first stage of the production process; therefore, speed and reliability are incredibly important – hence the choice of Xeikon’s 3500 press. Furthermore, the substrates used for the cups are quite demanding due to the formation of one or two coats with a moisture impermeable layer, which also functions as a binder when forming the cups under high temperatures, said Xeikon.

Production range

Labo Print offers solutions that support traditional sales in commercial outlets and a whole range of products designed to make online sales easy, starting from the essential marking of a product with a personalized label to a full range of offerings – tailored packaging, secondary packaging, cartons, illuminated 3D lettering on commercial outlets, printed foils on shop fronts, advertising flags, printed PVC or plexi sheets which constitute decorative elements, and finally stands, such as cardboard displays and large-format advertising.

Xeikon said its product line covers European packaging standards such as FEFCO and personalized packaging or cardboard boxes with flaps for secondary packaging. With the eCommerce market in mind, Xeikon also created a box2send line comprising cardboard envelopes, quick-folding cartons, and rolled packaging that adapts to the product size. “If we include the comprehensive range of digital self-adhesive labels, printed paper cups, POS products and large-format advertising in solutions strictly related to packaging, as well as the professional consultative services we offer, we get a commercial press room with one of the best and most varied production range of capabilities in Europe,” it said.

With our Xeikon 3500 digital press’s versatility, Xeikon has created a new department in Labo Print dedicated to the manufacture of paper cups. “At present, we are implementing Xeikon dry toner technology for the printing of paper cups utilizing our client’s choice of any graphic design. We can also provide quantities as small as several hundred units which is undoubtedly an advantage to our customers. For the last twelve years our extensive range of printed product lines have been reaching users all over Europe. This has allowed us to monitor the markets very closely. We notice that the demand from different industries and markets can vary quite significantly from year to year, so it is important that we consistently work to improve our production portfolio to meet the current trends,” said Xeikon.

The Xeikon 3500 press claims to offer the option to use a wide range of standard substrates for printing without the requirement to apply a primer or pre-treatment, including structural substrates. According to the company, the list of benefits also includes color consistency and lightfastness of the printed materials (>6 in the blue wool scale) and the fact that the standard set of CMYK +white colors can be modified. For example, using an orange or green color or security toners — fluorescents (visible in UV light) or toners with hidden “taggant” markers where authenticity can be verified with appropriate readers.

Fryc concluded, “The addition of the Xeikon 3500 digital press has been a positive investment for us. The print and operational performance of the Xeikon 3500 has clearly met expectations both for Labo Print and for our clients. The Xeikon technology helps us to achieve our business objectives and allows us to continue our dynamic growth.”

Michał Kuczkowski, Xeikon sales manager in the region, said, “Thanks to the versatility of the Xeikon digital press, Labo Print has the opportunity to create a brand-new department to manufacture paper cups in addition to label printing. Enquiries from companies wishing to discuss digital printing on cups, as well as printing on labels, small boxes and sachets, are most welcome. At Xeikon, we have both printing technologies — toner and inkjet, which allows us to adapt our product range to the needs of any company or organization while providing unbiased advice about which technologies are best suited to their needs and the best way to structure their future investments.”

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