Lier, Belgium, 6 November 2019 — It was hard to miss Xeikon at its prime location during the first Printing United trade show, held from October 23 to 25 in Dallas. The event marked the North American debut of the company’s CX500 product, and its Wall Deco Discovery solution.
“This show breathes new life into trade events for our industry,” said Donna Covannon, Xeikon America’s Director of Marketing. “Most visitors to our exhibit were on the lookout for new revenue-generating applications and a number of them were commercial printers looking to expand into label, packaging and industrial applications. They were impressed by the power and versatility of our web-fed dry toner presses.”
Making its North American debut was the Xeikon CX500 digital press and its exceptional range of applications from direct mail marketing to wall coverings, POP/POS posters to paper cups, flexible stand-up pouches, large signage and a variety of roll-to-roll heat transfer and in-mold labels. The CX500 is a dry toner, roll-to-roll, five color digital label press driven by Xeikon’s powerful digital X-800 front end. This Xeikon ‘Cheetah’ has a unique web width of up to 20 inches and a full rotary printing speed of 98 feet per minute at 1200dpi. The press was shipped directly from Dallas to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where it will be installed at Accu-label.
At a Printing United press conference, Xeikon and Anderson & Vreeland Inc. signed a partnership agreement that effectively triples Xeikon’s sales strength in North America. A leading distributor of solutions for the label and packaging industry, A&V will begin offering the Xeikon lines of dry toner- and inkjet-based label presses in January 2020.
“Both our companies see great potential in this new relationship,” said David Wilkins, Vice President of Sales, Xeikon America. “Our businesses were both built on a foundation of uncompromising quality and superior customer value.”
In addition to its main location on the show floor, Xeikon featured prominently at the Printing United Experience Zone, a dedicated showcase of innovative print applications with real world settings. The Wall Deco Discovery solution, a turnkey configuration for high-end wall coverings, was presented through a series of print applications for different rooms in the home with wall decor produced by Rebel Walls and within the convenience store setting featured products produced by customers including Creative Labels, CS Labels, Universal Nutrition, Carlson Laboratories, Jubilee Brands, CDigital, Paulig Coffee and Cupsz.
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.