Dutch Label Printer Receives Recognition for Biggest Improvement in Quality Production & Customer Responsiveness as a Result of Process Automation.
Last night the International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) awarded Xeikon customer W&R Etiketten with a CIPPI for the Biggest Improvement in Quality Production & Customer Responsiveness as a Result of Process Automation.
The Dutch label printer, founded in 1992 by Managing Director Jack Willemsz and business partner Leo van Rooy, was presented with the crystal CIPPI Award at the event held at the drupa innovation park Stage 2 (Hall 07 A20), in Düsseldorf, last night (Sunday, May 6th).
The accolade follows W&R Etiketten’s decision to install a second Xeikon 3300 last year and its subsequent collaboration with Esko and CERM to become a world leader in the adoption of JDF in the label industry. The co-operation also took standardization and automation to the highest level. Now the company is a national provider of unprinted and printed labels for a broad range of clients.
W&R Etiketten first invested in digital to meet demand for a greater variety of products with shorter runs as well as on demand production to eliminate the need for brands to store printed work. The Xeikon 3300 was chosen for its ability to deliver high quality at a constant speed. There were also no click charges and W&R Etiketten liked its ‘green machine’ status as it uses more environmentally friendly toners compared to other systems.
The company also understood that with the trend for greater variety and smaller run lengths, the number of jobs required to keep turnover at the same level had to be increased while account managers still needed the same amount of time to manage each order. As a result CERM and Esko combined expertise to provide a total solution for the label industry. It ensures all job information is entered once and used throughout the whole production process. It also helped expand W&R Etiketten’s internet services to enable customers to submit orders, upload data and track job progress.
Willemsz comments: “This is great recognition of how hard we have worked with Xeikon and our other suppliers to provide a unique end-to-end solution. What’s more, this solution continues to grow and deliver the most responsive service to help our customers meet the demanding expectations of their market sectors.”
“We are very pleased to see progressive thinking customers like W&R Etiketten rewarded for their creative approach to meeting their customers’ needs,” adds Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Segment Manager Labels & Packaging printing. W&R is truly leading the market in terms of innovation. It is remarkable how they have adopted to a new business process in such short time and with the support of the whole company. They have set a landmark for the label industry making it company for the 21stcentury
Presented annually the CIPPIs (CIP4 International Print Production Innovation) recognize leading printers, publishers or pre-press services that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the pursuit of process automation through JDF-enabled technology. JDF is the industry specification designed to facilitate process automation and the integration of different applications and systems. The winners are picked by an independent judging panel.
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 plate makers 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.
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