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“Interket is one of Europe’s leading label groups operating out of 5 production sites in Europe: Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Denmark and Sweden”, begins Carl Parkander, CEO of the Interket Group. Each site caters to its local market and every site is slightly different from the others. The overall strategy of the Interket Group is to be close to its local markets. The company supplies a wide variety of labels that range from basic labels to complex label solutions as well as security applications to satisfy customer requirements. Its customer base ranges from small local businesses to large Blue Chip and pan-European clients, all of whom are represented across all industry sectors and labelling applications and demand a high level of service.

A fully integrated and comprehensive digital platform setting corrugated packaging apart
Xeikon and Flint group today announced the launch of IDERA, a brand-new digital solutions platform for corrugated packaging converters. One of the cornerstones of this platform is a post-print, single-pass printing press. This press uses certified food-safe water-based inks on coated and uncoated corrugated sheets up to 1.6 m wide x 2.8 m long (5’ 3” wide x 9’2” long) at up to 150 linear m/min (492 ft/min). It is an ideal solution for a corrugated box market with decreasing lot sizes, shorter lead times, and ever-increasing demand for high quality packaging. IDERA will deliver higher print quality than flexography and enable printing of both short and long runs with all the benefits of a digital print-on-demand solution, including reduced waste, Xeikon states. With a much smaller and more environment-friendly footprint, IDERA also has the ability to customize and version. From September onwards, the IDERA solution will be available at the Global Innovation Center in Lier, Belgium for customer evaluation and testing.

• Fully automated line with minimum operator intervention, resulting in more plate production even after the end of a shift
• An open system allowing easy loading of plates even from other Imagers into the Catena line
• Access to production data of all modules, provides a brand new level of pro-active maintenance, minimizing the need for physical service intervention

Digital printing replaces offset to make quality book printing operations future proof
Peeters, a Belgian family business, is a printer, a bookstore and a renowned international publishing business. Founded in 1857 and still managed and owned by the family, the publishing house aims to serve the academic world by producing high-quality scholarly books. The bookstore and printer are based in the city of Leuven, Belgium, renowned for hosting one of the oldest universities in the world. To ensure comprehensive international coverage of the global academic landscape, Peeters has opened offices in Paris, Bristol and the US. 95% of its publishing business takes place outside of Belgium.

A fully integrated and comprehensive digital platform setting corrugated packaging apart
Xeikon and Flint group today announced the launch of IDERA, a brand-new digital solutions platform for corrugated packaging converters. One of the cornerstones of this platform is a post-print, single-pass printing press. This press uses certified food-safe water-based inks on coated and uncoated corrugated sheets up to 1.6 m wide x 2.8 m long (5’ 3” wide x 9’2” long) at up to 150 linear m/min (492 ft/min). It is an ideal solution for a corrugated box market with decreasing lot sizes, shorter lead times, and ever-increasing demand for high quality packaging. IDERA will deliver higher print quality than flexography and enable printing of both short and long runs with all the benefits of a digital print-on-demand solution, including reduced waste, Xeikon states. With a much smaller and more environment-friendly footprint, IDERA also has the ability to customize and version. From September onwards, the IDERA solution will be available at the Global Innovation Center in Lier, Belgium for customer evaluation and testing.

The Xeikon 9800 is the indispensable digital press to create the highest value of print in the industry
By investing in a new Xeikon 9800, TagG Informatique expresses yet again its confidence in Xeikon and reasserts that the technology of dry toner continues to have a unique place in the direct marketing industry. Xeikon has been a partner of TagG since the beginning of the millennium. And that is for several good reasons. First of all, both companies have innovation and development in their DNA. While TagG was working on the development of a specific controller to support unique features, Xeikon delivered a front-end that was able to cooperate with the controller. No other supplier was capable of doing that in the early 2000’s. The combination delivered a unique solution to use IPDS workflows to print full colour digitally at the highest possible quality in 5 colours.

With sustainability firmly at the forefront of today’s packaging supply chain, Flint Group Packaging Inks, one of the largest consumables suppliers to the global print and packaging industry, has detailed its vision for supporting circular economies in a new white paper that reveals the formation of a dedicated Sustainability Task Force.

In recent years, Etiket Schiller has positioned itself particularly in the area of sustainability. "We see ourselves as one of the leading manufacturers of self-adhesive labels. With our many years of experience and our know-how, we are also optimally equipped for the future," says Susanne Daiber, Managing Partner at Etiket Schiller.

By Uwe Stebani, General Manager Xeikon Prepress

In the first part we introduced the lessons of the corona crisis; part 2 examines whether digital printing offers solutions to these lessons. In some cases, the current crisis is seen as a trigger for further automation in the manufacture of print products [1]. We have also shown in the first part that in flexo plate production, a still very manual process, follows a highly digitized data flow in pre-press. It is therefore obvious to assume that digital printing with its “direct-to-print” promise will be the winner in the competition between the different printing technologies. Does this mean that digital printing will survive the corona crisis almost undamaged? And therefore, after the crisis, digital printing will begin its triumphal march into packaging printing?

Traditionally beverage cups are produced on a single or double-sided PE coated paper. After printing and potentially varnishing, the rolls are either converted in single cups or a reel of single cups. This is driven by the type of cup making machines that are being used (sheet-fed or roll-fed). The single coated paper is used for hot drinks and the double side coated for cold drinks (after serving, condense could arise on the outside surface affecting the structural strength of the cup when there would be no outside coating). The PE coats allows for the cup to be formed and sealed in the required shape. Conventionally these are mainly printed with web-fed flexo.

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