News release: Xeikon makes a big splash at Labelexpo Europe with introduction of four new digital label presses
At Labelexpo Europe, currently underway in Brussels, Xeikon announced new digital label presses in both the UV inkjet and dry toner segments that will extend its digital label printing portfolio, making it the broadest in the industry. New product announcements included the Xeikon CX500 wide web digital label press in the company’s Cheetah Series, which is the first press based on a new generation dry toner platform that is ready for Industry 4.0. Also introduced was the Xeikon Panther Series of UV inkjet digital label presses, including the high-end Xeikon PX3000 and the newly announced entry-level Xeikon PX2000, both to be made available on a 4-colour and a 5-colour configuration.
Benoit Chatelard, President and CEO Digital Solutions, Flint Group, comments: “We are proud to announce we have been able to rapidly grow our digital label printing portfolio, for both our Panther Series of UV inkjet presses, and our Cheetah Series of dry toner digital label presses. These Fast Felines are setting the pace for digital label manufacturing and will open the door for a broader range of self-adhesive label converters to more readily take advantage of the benefits of digital label production. These announcements reinforce our continued dedication to investment in dry toner technology, while we also continue to advance our presence in complementary UV inkjet solutions. As a technology-agnostic total solutions partner with almost 25 years of experience in digital printing, Xeikon is ideally positioned to help label converters, now and in the future, choose the most optimal technology for their businesses based on the specific requirements of the end-user applications they produce.”
On its stand at Labelexpo Europe, Xeikon is demonstrating its complementary product portfolio with the Xeikon PX3000, the brand-new Xeikon CX500 and the Xeikon CX3 running live. Set-up of the latter includes the first commercial module of Fusion, an opaque white digital screen printing unit. Fusion Technology brings closer to reality the promise of fully automated label manufacturing, and combines printing with digital embellishment of labels and packaging in a single, one-pass and fully digital production process. True to its continuous and forward-looking development strategy, Xeikon confirms the commercial availability of Fusion.
Another not-to-miss product on Xeikon’s stand is the latest generation of its market-leading X-800 digital front-end, the beating heart of Xeikon’s entire line of dry toner and UV inkjet digital printing presses. “The Xeikon X-800 is now even more intuitive and is differentiated by its open standards and modular set-up. It enables superior and consistent print quality in combination with second to none flexibility and variable data applications. XML-based automation and integration ensure that more jobs are processed faster with minimal human intervention, which improves accuracy, ensures repeatability, and reduces errors, resulting in industry-leading productivity,” Chatelard explains. “The latest generation of the Xeikon X-800 digital front-end is the result of continuous improvement and innovation based on direct feedback from our most successful customers.”
“Xeikon is dedicated to digitalize print manufacturing through continuous innovation and next-generation technology developments which are ready for the future. Visitors to our stand at Labelexpo Europe, where we are demonstrating no less than three presses including the brand-new Xeikon CX500, will clearly see the results of our efforts. And we look forward to sharing details on our unique customer services approach and aXelerate program. Our goal is to help customers start, manage and optimize their printing and converting businesses, and help them develop applications and build their business on Xeikon presses. Our customer service approach is application driven, and the market is reacting very positively to this all-encompassing approach.”
Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, is a long-standing leader and innovator in digital printing technology. Grounded in the principles of quality, flexibility and sustainability, Xeikon designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital colour presses for label and packaging applications, document printing, and commercial printing. These presses utilise different imaging technologies, open workflow software and application-specific consumables.
As an OEM supplier, Xeikon also designs and produces plate makers for newspaper printing applications. In addition, Xeikon manufactures basysPrint computer-to-conventional plate (CtCP) solutions for the commercial offset printing market. For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name. ThermoFlexX systems provide high-resolution plate exposure combined with unique plate handling, flexibility and unmatched productivity
In 2015, Xeikon joined Flint Group to create a new “Digital Printing Solutions” division for the leading global print consumables and solution provider to the packaging and print media industries. Flint Group develops and manufactures an extensive portfolio of printing consumables. These include a vast range of conventional and energy-curable inks and coatings, pressroom chemicals, printing plates and equipment, printing blankets and sleeves, and pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves.