Xeikon gets converters ready for Brussels with ‘Transform’

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Xeikon launches 'TRANSFORM' at Labelexpo Europe
Xeikon launches 'TRANSFORM' at Labelexpo Europe

Xeikon launched its ‘Transform’ advisory tool for label converters at Labelexpo Europe 2019. On transform.xeikon.com, the company shares its digital printing expertise with the international label community, offering insight on ways to transform a label printing business. Visitors to the website can already consult Xeikon and get advice on the ideal digital set-up for their business by simply answering a few questions. As a pioneer in full-color digital label printing, Xeikon has gathered a wealth of knowledge on the key success factors in implementing digital production.

“Looking at today’s consumer-driven trends and the evolving diversity in consumer behavior, label converters are confronted with a number of challenges in terms of varying run lengths, increasing number of jobs, long runs over many versions, personalization, and just-in-time delivery needs while running their operational costs effectively. Digitizing their print manufacturing process helps them to address these challenges,” comments Filip Weymans, Xeikon VP Marketing. “Digital printing can be the inspiration to undergo such a transformation. There is no one scenario for such transformation as this depends on business strategies, so conscious choices need to be made when selecting the right print technology, workflow setup, converting processes, etc. With Transform, we provide a tool that guides business owners in this transformation process.”

“Xeikon has over 30 years of experience in developing digital technologies for the label industry,” continues Weymans. “By just asking five simple questions related to their business, we provide personal advice that can set them on the right track to choose the ideal configuration for their business strategy out of almost 200 possible digital label production setups.”

Live show of popular digital configurations

Where Transform is an ideal preparation for label converters to gain insight into the possibilities of digital production, Labelexpo Europe is the place to see live what the ideal digital label printing set-up could be like. A must-see, Xeikon will be operating three popular configurations during the entire show– The Label Discovery Package: entry-level solution addressing 90% of all end-user label applications. Data shows that 25% of all label manufacturers have not yet implemented digital technology into their operations. For these companies, and for any business looking to make money with only 1000 meter of label per day, this is the solution.

The Xeikon Label Discovery Package is an entry-level offering, consisting of a Xeikon 3030 digital label press and a Xeikon entry Dcoat digital converting line with varnish, semi rotary die-cutting, and rewind. Using an industrial press, related consumables and semi rotary die-cutting technology, Xeikon claims it offers the lowest TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) in the entry-level market. The ability to operate both full color and full color+white allows to address the higher-value markets using clear or metallic substrates, and as such produce 90% of all label applications.

The Xeikon CX500: high-end food and wine label printing – digital press landscape for full color+white jobs, for jobs with large sized labels, and for long-run jobs over multi versions. Of all digital print technologies, dry toner offers the highest levels of food safety, and Xeikon’s latest toner generation, the Xeikon QB-toner, has been designed specifically for food labels and even takes the upcoming regulations into account. The Xeikon CX500 also gives maximum substrate versatility. It prints without any problems on natural papers typically used for the wine and spirit market, one of most challenging substrates for printing in general.

The Xeikon PX3000: health & beauty and high performance durable label printing – The Xeikon PX3000, showcases the company’s Panther UV inkjet technology of particular interest for specific end-use applications in the health and beauty, premium beer, industrial, and household chemicals sectors. Xeikon’s range of UV inkjet presses, offer a glossy look and feel labels and the newly launched haptic printing enabling a unique tactile feel in print. The unique Xeikon Panther DuraCure technology, combines both LED and HG (mercury) curing in one pass to create an ink layer that is highly resistant to chemicals, temperature, sunlight, and mechanical abrasion. These ongoing developments underline the company’s leading market position in the UV inkjet label market with an installed base of over 200 UV inkjet presses worldwide, the largest since the acquisition of Jetrion and the launch of the Xeikon Panther Series.

Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, will be present on the Flint Group stand C28 in hall 5. Visitors to this booth will discover how the ‘Flint Group Label Factory’ offers an unmatched product and services portfolio that covers all steps of the value chain for label printing, and addresses most industry needs. These include Flint Group Flexographic Products (flexographic and letterpress printing plates), Flint Group Narrow Web (inks for any narrow web printing technique), Xeikon (digital printing solutions), and ThermoFlexX (digital imaging for flexo and letterpress).

Xeikon is also a key participant in Labelexpo’s Flexible Packaging Arena (showcasing its digital pouch-making solution involving full color print and lamination for food packaging), in the Brand Innovation Showcase, in the Sustainability Insight Café, and will also contribute to the Label Academy Masterclass.

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