Xeikon took a host of new technologies to Labelexpo Europe 2023, aimed at driving progress and greener growth. The company focused on helping converters succeed by making label and packaging production easier and highly sustainable.
Filip Weymans, vice president of marketing at Xeikon, says, “At Labelexpo Europe 2023, Xeikon showcased innovations that contribute to the seamless and sustainable growth of label converters. We highlighted how our latest offerings enable a thriving and agile business environment while also demonstrating how we prioritise environmental consciousness with impactful products and solutions.”
New Eco toner
Xeikon has introduced version 3.0 to the Xeikon Cheetah technology, which it calls a significant step forward in sustainable production. It adds that its new Eco toner, formulated with over 60 per cent high-grade recycled PET, meets the sustainability demand. It also ensures compliance with the regulations governing packaging components and recyclability. Xeikon will make Eco toner available for the Xeikon CX300 and Xeikon CX500.
Weymans says, “With its exceptional print quality, high reliability, and eco-friendly composition, Eco toner makes a meaningful contribution to Xeikon’s unwavering commitment to delivering high-performance and environmentally responsible printing solutions.
“Using Eco toner can reduce the carbon footprint of the printing operation by 10 per cent, and importantly, it will not increase costs, unlike other eco solutions. We are also proud to say that all Xeikon toners remain the market’s most food-safe technology for digital printing.”
Xeikon showcased the recently developed Quality Measurement Module (QMM), as an option on all Cheetah 3.0 CX Series presses. Responsible for the quality assurance of the printed output, the QMM closely monitors the density and registration throughout the print run.
Weymans adds, “By eliminating waste and guaranteeing high quality, the Xeikon QMM will allow printers to deliver perfect labels to their customers more cost-effectively. It is another great innovation from Xeikon that helps to support the advancement of sustainability in digital label production.”
Xeikon has also devised a new sustainability scorecard to offer more transparency in proving compliance with various regulations and help brand owners with their sustainability goals.
The scorecard will analyse the carbon footprint of each Xeikon press, right down to the individual components of the consumables. It will identify food compliance, VOCs emissions, recyclability and energy use to give a complete overview.
Xeikon also used Labelexpo Europe 2023 for the European premiere of its new Titon toner technology. It has developed Titon to meet market demands for paper-based flexible packaging applications, such as stand-up pouches and sachets. The first press presented with Titon technology is the Xeikon TX-500, which prints in up to five colours at 30 metres per minute in a resolution of 1200 dpi.
The company sees the 520mm wide press opening up new market opportunities in paper-based labels and flexible packaging. It expects the press to help converters to future-proof their businesses and respond to consumers’ concerns for the environment.
Xeikon ran the TX-500 press inline with a digital embellishment module from Kurz. It produced full colour, high end labels with digital foil. Xeikon says this can supply luxury markets with high-impact, sustainable labels through an all-digital process.
Away from the stand, the Xeikon team participated in the Automation Arena 2023, presenting the benefits of connected workflows with high levels of automation. Xeikon also took part in the new Flex Pack Trail, highlighting the benefits of the company’s latest solutions, including Eco toner, Sustainability Scorecard, and Titon technology.