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Xeikon showcases Digital Label Advantage at busy Labelexpo Americas 2018 exhibition
06 Nov 2018

Eede, the Netherlands, 06 November, 2018 – Divisions of Flint Group, including its Digital Solutions division, Xeikon, hosted one of the most popular exhibits at Labelexpo Americas 2018. The largest event for the label printing industry in the Americas, it was the venue for Xeikon’s announcement of its new entry-level Label Discovery solution featuring the Xeikon 3030. Xeikon showcased and sold all the digital label printing solutions it demonstrated at the trade show.

“Labelexpo was a resounding success for us,” said Donna Covannon, Director of Marketing, Xeikon America, Inc. “Our booth was always busy and visitors were impressed by Xeikon’s commitment to matching the right technology choice with the customer’s application – whether EP toner or UV inkjet – and offering options to grow along with customers’ businesses.”

Each of the Xeikon digital presses on display at Labelexpo was purchased and has been shipped directly from the show floor to the customer. The following are just some of the customers who recognize Xeikon as their trusted advisor.

Southern Tape & Label, a prominent South Florida label printer, had discovered a steady stream of digital label opportunities with a Xeikon Jetrion solution and found that demand from their customers required an additional printing solution. They chose from the Xeikon 3000 Series, solution family and their new press was shipped directly from Labelexpo to their production facility. The solution includes a Xeikon 3030 web-fed digital label press and the miniDcoat, a digital converting solution that can be used in-line or off-line with the 3030.

Chris Martin at Creative Labels in northern California identified the Xeikon Cheetah CX3 as the right solution for his business. He plans to use the Cheetah press to serve the company’s growing base of customers in the food and beverage market, and plans to expand immediately into heat transfer labels and soon in the future into flexible packaging. Martin explained his plans in a video interview with whattheythink.com.

Martin’s Cheetah CX3 was part of the Automation Arena, where it was the only digital press in operation. The Automation Arena was a Labelexpo-sponsored project that offered visitors live demonstrations of equipment from multiple vendors working together to provide a fully-automated end-to-end workflow.

USA Label Express, a family-run printing business founded in 1971 and based in Bolivar, Ohio, purchased the Panther PX3000 UV inkjet digital label press that was demonstrated at the show. The company also uses a Xeikon Jetrion printing solution and is looking to grow its business with the new volume and capabilities of the Panther press.

Looking to expand into the heat transfer market space, a label provider in southern California purchased the Xeikon 3500 on display at the show.

New product announcements

In addition to the new Xeikon 3030 Label Discovery solution, Xeikon announced several innovative new capabilities at the event:

  • Next-generation Xeikon QB toner – This new dry toner supports Xeikon’s vision of matching the right technology with the right application. Compatible with all Xeikon dry toner presses, QB toner meets current regulatory requirements and is designed to be food-safe. The toner replaces Xeikon QA and ICE toners.
  • Xeikon X800 6.0 – Xeikon’s latest update to the X800 digital front end provides a series of productivity enhancements to allow printers to maintain the highest levels of efficiency. The updated solution provides improvements such as reduced job preparation time, automated job impositioning and automated converting. Xeikon has added support for nine new languages on MyPress and Workflow user interfaces, improving ease of use for press operators in a wide range of markets.

A number of Xeikon customers, including Mercian Labels, Label Aid, Inc. and CS Labels, were honored at a ceremony in the Xeikon booth as part of the annual Flint Group Print Excellence Awards.


ABOUT XEIKON

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.

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