Xeikon talks connectivity on Cafe TV broadcast

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The Xeikon Cafe TV broadcast for Australia and New Zealand focused on the digitised production centre, with the live interactive event coming from Belgium.

Xeikon Cafe TV: Filip Weymans presenting on connectivity
Xeikon Cafe TV: Filip Weymans presenting on connectivity

Trevor Crowley, sales general manager ANZ at Xeikon introduced the broadcast, with Filip Weymans, vice president marketing, then presenting from the Xeikon showroom.

Weymans said the future was the digital label factory, with all elements opf production including prepress, printing, and finishing connected, and connected to the MIS through the cloud, and connected to Xeikon through the cloud.

According to Weymans, the self-adhesive label market grew by 3.9 per cent last year and will continue to grow, with 40 per cent of that in pressure sensitive labels, and 45 per cent of that in food and beverage.

He said: “Labels has weathered the Covid storm. In fact we see some sectors, particularly personal hygiene, rising, in that case by 20 per cent, and we expect it to stay at those heightened levels.”

Weymans then went on to demonstrate the new CX300, launched in March, which, in addition to printing, comes with an inline varnishing module. Werymans said it “excels in wine and spirit labels”. He said the dry toner technology delievers better colour strength and quality, as it sits on top of the surface.

He said: “The CX300 is also aimed at the pharmaceutical market, with its need for fine text and details, as the resolution is 1200 x 3600dpi. It is also aimed at food labels, as there is no liquid to migrate, so it is food safe.”

The CX300 runs at 30 metres a minute, a speed which does not change if different colours, substrates, size or resolutions are required. It will produce between 30,000 and 50,000 sqm of print per month. The 330mm wide machine is upgradeable to the CX500 which is 508mm wide.

Weymans also demonstrated the UV inkjet Panther PX3000, which he said was aimed at the premium label smarket in sectrors such as beers, health and beauty.

Much of the interactive discussion following the demons focused on the cloud connectivity that Xeikon is bringing to the market.

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