Canon officials at pre-drupa media event in Dusseldorf (Image: Messe Dusseldorf)

Canon has announced its commitment to become a significant player in the label and packaging markets with the first live preview outside Japan of the new LabelStream LS2000 water-based digital label press, set for 2025 availability. This announcement was made during the pre-drupa media conference in Dusseldorf in late March.

The LabelStream LS2000, Canon’s inaugural water-based inkjet label press, leverages innovative Canon technologies designed for industrial-scale label printing. Slated for release in the EMEA region in 2025, this press prints in CMYK plus white on self-adhesive substrates and uses a new ink set compliant with food safety standards. At drupa, visitors can witness live label production on paper and film media, with labels ready for varnishing, die-cutting, and slitting on a nearline converting device from Grafisk Maskinfabrik. Print samples from Canon’s Edale FL3 flexographic label press will also be available.

Canon will introduce a concept for a sheetfed single-pass, industrial-scale digital corrugated press, targeting corrugated packaging converters. This press aims to deliver offset-like print quality at a 1.7m print width, productivity of up to 8,000 sqm/hr, and new levels of cost-efficiency. Attendees can view a 3D model, print samples, and technology animations of this system.

For those interested in digital printing on corrugated materials, live production of packaging prototypes and short-run promotional packaging will be demonstrated on Canon’s large format Arizona and Colorado printers. These solutions cater to packaging converters and print service providers, enabling personalized, short-run, on-demand packaging production.

Other attractions at the Canon stand

Apart from the LabelStream LS2000, Canon will showcase several other solutions, including the European debut of the new varioPRINT iX1700 sheetfed inkjet press, which will be available in 2025.

Canon will highlight the latest additions to the ProStream and ColorStream ranges of high-speed, web-fed inkjet printers: the ProStream 2000 series and the ColorStream 8200.

“The ProStream 2000 is 20% shorter than the ProStream 3000, so it makes an ideal solution (11:45) for customers that cannot accommodate the larger press,” Hans Schmidbauer, director, of marketing & innovation, commercial print, Canon EMEA said.

Canon will display the new Arizona 2300 FLXflow flatbed wide format printer with PRISMAelevate XL, the new imagePROGRAF PRO series for photo and fine art printing, and the new imagePROGRAF GP series for poster production.

Rounding out the exhibits on the stand will be Canon imagePRESS V series color printers, the varioPRINT TITAN and QUARTZ series monochrome printers, as well as the Colorado M series and UVgel Print Factory together with Canon large format technical documentation systems – all driven by the comprehensive PRISMA suite of production workflow solutions.

“At drupa 2024, we are excited to share the fruits of our continuous investment in technology and business innovation with a global audience, and to present our most extensive portfolio yet of powerful digital production print, label and packaging technologies – ready to support our customers’ growth and diversification ambitions,” said Jennifer Kolloczek, senior director, marketing & innovation, production printing, Canon EMEA.

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