JET Europe selects Xeikon ThermoflexX

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

At the Xeikon manufacturing plant in Lier, Belgium, Jet Europe BV’s Harry Heesen signed the European wide distributor contract for the new range of ThermoFlexX imagers. Xeikon recently announced the launch of its comprehensive ThermoflexX solutions for flexo and letterpress plate imaging.


In its search for knowledgeable and customer focused distribution partners, Xeikon is pleased to be selected as a partner by Jet Europe, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of excellent photopolymer printing plates for flexo, letterpress and dry-offset. Apart from imagers for flexo CtP and a broad range of high quality plate processing machinery for washout and finishing, the Jet portfolio also includes various types of double adhesive mounting tapes and consumables.

Says Harry Heesen, Managing Director of Jet Europe BV,”With the ThermoFlexX units, we expand our already wide range of solutions as a trusted provider of high quality flexo and letterpress plate production systems. We met the Xeikon team and were immediately convinced of their strive for high quality, their customer focused approach and their reliability as a business partner. The label and packaging industry sees Xeikon as a trustworthy player, and that was a very important reason to enter into this Europe wide partnership.”

Xeikon CEO Wim Maes states: “Xeikon is proud and honored to team up with a leading industry partner such as Jet Europe. We found in them a trusted pan-European distribution partner with years of experience in providing complete solutions for flexo and letterpress plate production. Very important for us is also that Jet is a company with a professional drive and a focus on meeting customer requirements. Just like Xeikon.”

Worldwide network for local sales, service and support

Based on the agreement, Jet Europe will be one of the Xeikon sales and distribution partners whereas Xeikon’s worldwide service network will provide local installation, training and service for the full range of ThermoFlexX products.

ThermoFlexX 5080 dpi quality resolution

Comprising leading-edge hardware and workflow software, the ThermoFlexX product line of imagers is based on mature technology and proven digital workflow solutions. It enables customers to consistently produce high-quality digital flexographic and letterpress plates at resolutions of up to5080 dpi. With this resolution, the product is technology-ready to raise the quality level of output to the newest industry standards.

Unique benefits to save time and cost

The ThermoFlexX solution comes with some unique benefits. Advanced clamping design allows plates to be mounted directly on to the drum, while uniquely designed vacuum sliders offer the flexibility to use plates of any width. This is highly beneficial to operators as there is no need to cut the plates to fit a dedicated vacuum zone thus allowing the use of cut-off scraps. The ThermoFlexX solution also features ergonomic plate mounting and its hybrid drum offers flexibility of holding plates in place either by vacuum or by magnetics.

Digital and Flexo: a perfect match

“Xeikon has been manufacturing industry-leading computer-to-plate solutions for more than 15 years,” says Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director of Product Management at Xeikon. “With ThermoFlexX, Xeikon expands its CtP experience into the flexographic and letterpress markets, further reinforcing its commitment to the label and packaging markets. Xeikon is the only player on the market who is able to offer its customers solutions for both flexo platemaking and digital label and packaging printing. Digital printing provides the perfect answer for short and medium runs and quick turnaround times, while the long runs will continue to rely on conventional printing.”

Come and see the new ThermoFlexX line up at drupa 2012

Visitors to the Jet Europe booth (Hall 9, E56) and/or the Xeikon booth (Hall 8A, B44) at drupa 2012 will have the opportunity to see the new ThermoFlexX solution first hand.

ABOUT Jet Europe
Jet Europe / Interflex B.V is the European supplier of 'Jet' water washable photopolymer plates for letterpress and dry offset printing, 'OHKAFLEX' photopolymer plates and Kodak solutions for flexographic printing. Apart from the plates, Jet completes its portfolio with imagers, modular workflow systems, washing and finishing equipment, mounting tapes, cleaning solutions…  Jet Europe also offers assistance and advice in environment-related matters.

About Xeikon

Xeikon NV. (XEI: AEX) is an innovator in digital printing technology. The company designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital color presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, as well as commercial printing. These presses utilize LED-array-based dry toner electrophotography, open workflow software and application-specific toners.

 

As an OEM supplier, Xeikon designs and produces platemakers for newspaper offset printing applications. Xeikon also manufactures basysPrint computer-to-plate (CtP) solutions for the commercial printing market. These proven CtP systems combine the latest exposure techniques with cost-efficient UV plate technology, high imaging quality and flexibility.

For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name.  ThermoFlexX systems provide high resolution plate exposure including screening, color management, as well as workflow management.

All the Xeikon solutions are designed with the overarching principles of profitability, quality, flexibility and sustainability in mind. With these guiding principles and a deep, intimate knowledge of its customers, Xeikon continues to be one of the industry’s leading innovators of products and solutions. For more information, visit www.xeikon.com.

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