Xeikon unveils 4-color Trillium One press

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Xeikon unveils 4-color Trillium One press
Developed with partner Miyakoshi, 4-color Trillium One press is aimed at the commercial and direct marketing print markets. Photo PSA

At a pre-drupa conference held on 17 March at its headquarters in Lier, Bel-gium, Xeikon unveiled its first liquid toner Trillium One 4-color press. Developed with partner Miyakoshi, the press is aimed at the commercial and direct marketing print markets and would be cheaper than inkjet on high volume print, according to the Belgium-based manufacturer Xeikon, now a division of Flint Group since its acquisition in November 2015. Speaking to Packaging South Asia, Wim Maes, Xeikon chief executive and president of Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions said that Xeikon has aimed at the commercial and direct marketing print markets because this is a new technology and technically it’s easier to print on paper. “Moreover, we see a very big demand in this market,” said Maes. Xeikon will show its Trillium One at the biggest of its three drupa stands, in Hall 8A. The new machine will have its own special zone where staff will run five to six demos a day.

“Our first step is direct marketing materials, second is catalogs and then new markets. It has the speed, it has the low cost of print. It’s not for transactional, data or book printing, but on high coverage its going to be very good. That’s a combination that’s not out there yet,” said Maes. Trillium One is expected to enter the market in Q2 of 2017 at a cost of around €2.5m (£2m).

Since the announcement of the Trillium liquid toner technology at drupa 2012, Xeikon has been working to commercialize its first digital press using this technology. Capable of running at 60 meters (200 feet) a minute at 1,200 dpi, with a print width of 500 mm (19.7 inches), Trilliun One is claimed to combine cost-effectiveness, high quality and speed for better digital printing performance.

According to the company, the success of Trillium technology is based on two primary principles – microgapping and liquid toner. The microgaps provide the mechanism to accurately and efficiently disperse the liquid toner. Filip Weymans, director segment marketing L&P said, “The result is an engine that prints very high quality and high speed in a cost-effective way.”

Danny Mertens, Xeikon corporate communications manager said, “Trillium One adds a new dimension to the world of digital printing that has not previously existed in the marketplace. It has the ability to take digital printing to a new level in terms of price and performance metrics – all features that make the Trillium unique. Moreover, its high resolution imaging heads and toner particle size of less than 2 microns create a winning combination.”

Trillium One uses Xeikon-manufactured liquid toner Tonnik, which is also the name of Xeikon’s new consumables division. Photo PSA

Trillium One uses Xeikon-manufactured liquid toner Tonnik, which is also the name of Xeikon’s new consumables division. Photo PSA

A liquid Tonnik
Trillium One uses Xeikon-manufactured liquid toner Tonnik, which is also the name of Xeikon’s new consumables division. At drupa 2016, Xeikon will also present its well known toner capabilities as part of production areas focussed on labels, folding cartons and documents and commercial printing including its own-developed Tonnik. Developed for Trillium One, Tonnik combines several advantages of dry toner in a liquid format. According to Xeikon, Tonnik has a lot of potential for future developments and will become the most sustainable, environmentally friendly and economical colorant for the digital printing industry.

Labels and folding cartons
At drupa 2016, the company will display the Xeikon CX3, which has seen more than 20 systems installed since its September 2015 launch, and will be producing a broad array of applications with in-line finishing. The 5-color Xeikon 3500, the flagship of the Xeikon 3000 series, will show folding carton applications at the event. Xeikon will also show its own developed digital diecutting unit for folding carton applications. This nearline flatbed unit was developed to enable customers to better complete short-run carton conversion with streamlined and responsive production.

Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.

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The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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