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Xeikon Café announces North American edition

Xeikon Café announces North American edition
Bram Gijsels
Thu, 07/20/2017 – 08:34
Event to offer learning, networking and fun for U.S. & Canadian printers and converters

Citing the enormous growth and success of the latest European Xeikon Café editions, Xeikon today announced its first Xeikon Café North America.

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Xeikon Café North America 2017

ITASCA, Ill., July 20, 2017 — Citing the enormous growth and success of the latest European Xeikon Café editions, Xeikon today announced its first Xeikon Café North America. The event, sponsored by Xeikon and its partners, will provide a unique platform for learning, knowledge exchange and networking.

Xeikon Café North America activities will take place at two venues: the Westin Chicago Northwest hotel and Xeikon’s newly-renovated demonstration facility nearby. It begins with a luncheon on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 and adjourns on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in the late afternoon.

“Owners of successful printing and converting shops know how critical it is to keep up with developments in the industry, but they don’t want to spend too much time away from their businesses,” said David Wilkins, vice president, Marketing and Sales, Xeikon America, Inc. “So we are carefully formulating an agenda that provides the greatest possible amount of value in the shortest amount of time.”

The general session will feature a noted economist who will talk about trends in the market, and how printers and converters can adapt their businesses to capitalize on the emerging business opportunities. A well-known industry guru will moderate a blue-ribbon panel of brand owners, designers and corporate marketing executives—all of whom have specific needs that directly influence their selection of printers and converters.

On its second day, Xeikon Café North America will divide into two tracks: one will focus on commercial & in-plant printers; and the other will address label & packaging converters. Each track will include sessions by industry experts and leading Xeikon customers, as well as a visit to the nearby demonstration center.

A table-top partner exhibit area will offer attendees the opportunity to explore offerings from Xeikon partners who co-sponsor the event. And participants can “let their hair down” at a gala casino night.

Referencing the European Xeikon Café earlier this year, Chatzichrysos Avgerinos of For Labels, a label converter in Greece, said “This is our third time at the show, and every time we take something new away. It is important for our knowledge and education. The organization this year is very good … there are lots of interesting things to learn.”

About Xeikon Café North America

Xeikon Café North America is a learning event offered by Xeikon and its Aura partners, offering the opportunity to understand, evaluate and experience digital production. It provides the tools for commercial & in-plant printers and label & packaging converters in the U.S. and Canada to make informed business decisions. Through demonstrations, presentations, workshops and discussions, participants receive first-hand actionable information and advice on industry innovations and trends.

For more information about Xeikon Café North America, or to register for the complimentary event, please visit http://www.xeikoncafe.com/.

Additional information

For additional information about the Xeikon Café, visit www.xeikoncafe.com or contact:

Xeikon headquarters
Corporate Communications Manager
Danny Mertens
Brieversstraat 70 – 4529 GZ Eede, The Netherlands
T: +32 (0)3 443 13 11 – M: +32 (0)494 50 00 57
Danny.Mertens@xeikon.com

AR Advisors, Inc
Xeikon Café North America organizers
Larry Vogel
P.O. Box 4014, Palm Springs, California 92263 USA
T: +1 760 770 3818 – M: +1 585 230 7489
larry@analystadvisors.com

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Jul 20, 2017

Flint Group to Showcase Full Range of Innovations at Labelexpo Europe

Flint Group will be showcasing a wide range of label and packaging innovations at Labelexpo Europe, Sept. 25-28 in Brussels. The company will feature products from its flexographic products, narrow web and digital solutions divisions.
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Thu, 06/08/2017 – 17:05
Flint Group brings full range of innovations to Labelexpo Europe

Flint Group will be exhibiting a wide range of innovative solutions for labels and packaging at Labelexpo Europe, scheduled for 25 to 28 September 2017 in Brussels. 

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Combining industry strengths

Flint Group today reported it will be exhibiting a wide range of innovative solutions for labels and packaging at Labelexpo Europe, scheduled for 25 to 28 September in Brussels. Combining industry strengths, four of its divisions (Flexographic Products, Narrow Web, Digital Solutions (Xeikon and ThermoFlexX) will showcase together solutions that enable label printers and converters to better position themselves to address emerging market realities. Flint Group will be located in Hall 5 on stands 5C25-28.                                                                                       

“Flint Group is a one-stop shop for label converters and during Labelexpo Europe we want to demonstrate that for the first time on one booth,” comments Antoine Fady, CEO Flint Group. “This ranges from prepress and pre-production, through digital print & embellishments, converting and delivery. And we are excited to be bringing some new products to the show. As always, our teams of narrow web, Flexographic Products and digital print experts will be on hand to learn more about the business needs of visitors to our stand, providing them with relevant information about how we can help.”

Flexographic Products: Flexo platemaking in a class of its own

With an unmatched product line ranging from nyloflex® printing plates and equipment, rotec® sleeves and adapters, Flint Group Flexographic Products will showcase its comprehensive technology for the printing industry. New at the show will be the nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System, with a smarter design that is easier to use. It delivers thermal platemaking with no compromise in quality. The nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor will be on the show floor to demonstrate the unprecedented control and more consistent and stable plate production provided by the new equipment. At the heart of the processing system are the nyloflex® Thermal Printing Plates, which serve a variety of application needs, including film; and the innovative nyloflex® Developer Roll, which is designed to be highly efficient and environmentally friendly. “This is thermal like you’ve never seen before. We believe our new, integrated solution, is in a class of its own. We achieved this result by looking at the thermal process holistically. By combining the best in equipment design, plate development and engineered fabric, Flint Group is offering a system which leads to reduced costs, improved quality and improved sustainability.” says Friedrich von Rechteren, VP Sales EMEA & Global Marketing. For more details, read the full news release. Visitors to the booth may request a free nyloflex® Xpress Plate Trial Test Kit.

Also on display at the booth will be Flint Group’s patent-pending, state-of-the-art rotec® Eco Bridge for use in flexographic printing presses and on plate-mounting equipment. The rotec® Eco Bridge is an adapter with a breathable metal ring which creates an air pillow to allow easy and fast mounting of sleeves. This bridge reduces up to 90% of the air volume requirement, up to 30% reduction in noise and significantly improves ease and speed of mounting all sleeves.

Expand your capabilities: get into food compliant packaging with the latest innovation, low migration UV LED inks

Flint Group Narrow Web will provide tangible examples of how converters can expand their capabilities and consider new market opportunities – the wider world of narrow web flexible package printing! 

For the event Flint Group Narrow Web will demonstrate their comprehensive range of food packaging compliant printing inks for all major printing technologies: UV Mercury Flexo, UV LED Flexo, Water Based Flexo and UV and EB Offset. We will present our latest innovations in Low Migration– with a special focus on the award winning and ground-breaking UV LED low migration technology, EkoCure™ ANCORA.

“Low Migration LED curable inks and printing systems open up opportunities for expansion into food packaging that did not exist before,” stated Kelly Kolliopoulos, Global Marketing Director, Flint Group Narrow Web.  “Narrow Web Customers can now print on heat sensitive films because the LED systems operate at much lower temperatures, and additionally they can meet food packaging compliance because of Flint Group’s novel low migration ink chemistry.  We look forward to sharing with our customers details on food packaging compliance, LED and reliability of cure, business expansion ideas, and an economic model to show how fast return on investment can be.”

The new Xeikon PX 3000 European debut at Labelexpo Europe 2017

Xeikon will be displaying its newly launched Panther technology, a UV inkjet platform that complements Xeikon’s dry toner technology, and the first UV inkjet press based on this technology, the Xeikon PX3000. The new press was developed in response to the growing need for new technologies in digital label printing, to drive new applications and to produce them in the most efficient way. The primary application focus for the Xeikon PX3000, which prints at a resolution of 600 dpi, is self-adhesive health & beauty and industrial labels, with dry toner being the preferred technology for applications where food safety is a requirement.

Complementing our comprehensive portfolio

“The Xeikon PX3000 complements our comprehensive portfolio of toner-based digital label presses that will also be on display at the show. This technology will enable even more applications and longer runs to migrate from analogue to digital technologies. The printed output is scuff and scratch resistant and resists damage from water or chemicals without the need for lamination. Plus, our new aXelerate program will help converters understand how to sell digital in order to ramp up volumes quickly – whether in toner or inkjet.”

State-of-the-art imaging technology presented by ThermoFlexX

ThermoFlexX platemaking systems provide high resolution plate exposure including screening, as well as workflow management. Next to automated prepress workflow software from partner Hybrid Software, ThermoFlexX will also showcase:

  • The ThermoFlexX 48 with a maximum plate size of 900 x 1200 mm, which comes with a fixed FlexTray that makes automatic loading and unloading of plates easier. Its standard 2540 dpi resolution makes it ideal for flexible packaging and folding carton applications.
  • The ThermoFlexX 30 will be shown with a hybrid drum that enables processing of both Polyester Flexo plates as well as “Steel-back” Letterpress plates.

“All of our imagers use our proprietary imaging technology that enables us to image at different resolutions, including the unique ability to image different resolutions on a single plate,” explains Christophe Lievens, Director of Sales & Marketing for ThermoflexX. “And our maximum resolution of 5080 dpi offers the ability to create extremely high quality products. In addition, our unique vacuum slider concept allows production of partial plates without the need to fix plates with tape, improving overall productivity.”

For more information about Flint Group’s presence at Labelexpo Europe, please visit www.flintgrp.com/labelexpo.

About Flint Group

Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colourant applications. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. Revenues for 2016 were € 2.3 billion. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves. For more information, please visit www.flintgrp.com

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 LED-array-based electrophotography, open workflow software and application-specific toners.

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. For more information, please visit www.xeikon.com.

For more information, contact:

Flexographic Products
Annika Beier
T +49 711 9816 380
annika.beier@flintgrp.com

Narrow Web:
Niklas Olsson
T +46 410 59302
niklas.olsson@flintgrp.com

Digital Solutions (Xeikon):
Danny Mertens
T +32 34 43 14 59
danny.mertens@flintgrp.com

ThermoFlexX
Ellen Ollevier
T +32 57 22 13 76
ellen.ollevier@xeikon.com

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Jun 08, 2017

In-line Digital Finishing Shows Promise

The benefits of digital printing are well-known in the industry, but in-line finishing could be the answer to a more streamlined production process.
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New Digital Printing Technology and Business Conference Highlights Record-Setting Xeikon Café

With new technology announcements, business conferences and technical conferences, the third edition of Xeikon Café set an attendance record with more than 800 visitors from around the world.

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Wim Maes to Leave Xeikon, Flint Group Appoints New Digital Solutions CEO

Wim Maes will step down as president and CEO of Flint Group’s Digital Solutions in May. Benoit Chatelard, the former VP, production printing business group, for Ricoh Europe, will be appointed to the role.

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Xeikon Unveils New UV Inkjet Label Press at Xeikon Café

Xeikon has unveiled its latest digital label press, the UV inkjet Xeikon PX3000. The press is based on Xeikon’s newly revealed Panther UV inkjet technology and made its debut during Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations, which runs through March 31 at Xeikon’s headquarters in Lier, Belgium.

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Xeikon Expands Portfolio with “Panther” UV Inkjet Technology

Xeikon has expanded its digital label printing portfolio with the addition of its Panther UV inkjet technology. Xeikon unveiled its new PX3000 UV inkjet press at Xeikon Café, which is currently being held at Xeikon’s headquarters in Lier, Belgium.

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