Next Up for Vendor Shows: Xeikon Café in Belgium

Bob Leahey
 Mar 8, 2017

At this time of year vendors and users of digital print technology have a spate of events that qualify as vendor-specific tradeshows, ones hosted or sponsored by individual equipment suppliers. Among the best known are two that just took place, namely Hunkeler Innovation Days (February 20-23 in Lucerne) and Dscoop (March 1-4 in Phoenix, Arizona, for HP users). A third event, coming soon, is a pure play in digitally printed packaging and well worth visiting—the Xeikon Café that will take place in Belgium on March 27-30.

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KBA VariJET 106 & The Making of ‘The B1 drupa’

Bob Leahey
 May 25, 2016

KBA-Sheetfed Solutions, a division of German press manufacturer KBA, announced recently it will offer a B1 sheet fed inkjet press called KBA VariJET 106 for printing folding cartons. The new press will be built on the platform of KBA Rapida 106, a sheet fed offset press, and on an inkjet print engine and DFE by Xerox Impika. According to KBA, KBA VariJET 106 will print 4,500 sheets per hour in B1 size (750 x 1060mm/29.5 x 41.7 inches) and will be modular in nature, allowing custom configurations to include Read more »

Xeikon at drupa 2016: Another Must-See Exhibitor

Bob Leahey
 May 18, 2016

With drupa 2016 about to start, InfoTrends has written reports and blogs on key digital printing and finishing companies that will exhibit products for packaging and label converting there. With this report we will preview one more important drupa exhibitor, Xeikon.

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Pre-drupa: Israel’s Scodix Rolls Out Speedy, B1-Sized Digital Enhancement System

Bob Leahey
 Apr 12, 2016

Scodix, the Israeli provider of digital enhancement systems for the graphic arts industry, announced on April 7 its introduction of Scodix E106, a B1-sized version of inkjet-based embellishment systems for which the company is now famous. Scodix will target the folding carton market with Scodix E106, where it says the new press will enhance up to 4,000 sheets per hour, speed that will allow it to finish short and medium print runs for both digital and analog presses. Scodix says it has already taken eight orders for E106, which will be the centerpiece in its booth at drupa; InfoTrends will report on that show (May 31 to June 10 in Düsseldorf ) for its package related consulting service.

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Highcon Ramps Up: Lots to Show at drupa 2016

Bob Leahey
 Mar 23, 2016

Highcon, the digital finishing system supplier, recently held a three day event at its headquarters in Israel to show technology developments that it will soon unveil at drupa 2016 in Germany. The short version of our report on this “pre-drupa” gathering:

  • Since its debut at drupa 2012, Highcon has placed 25 of its “Euclid”  and “Euclid II” devices globally
  • In 2016 it will add a new portfolio of digital cutting and creasing systems and related tools, the Highcon Beam, Highcon Euclid III and the Highcon Pulse.
  • These products will give carton converters and other printers new access to Highcon’s unique finishing, and also to two applications new at Highcon, 3D printing and variable data cutting.

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Label Expo Preview: What to Look for in Brussels Next Week

Bob Leahey
 Sep 23, 2015

Label Expo, the premier tradeshow for the label industry, will take place September 29 to October 2 in Brussels. Now decades old, this is the show that never seems to fade, and also one where the role of digital printing technologies always seems to grow. InfoTrends will attend and make a detailed report about it to clients but for now we offer a quick preview of what we expect to see:

A huge HP booth: The stand’s core equipment will be HP Indigo WS6800 (labels and other applications) and 20000 (a 30” web, for flexible packaging and for labels also), but there will be many other products. Ones particular to HP Indigo presses will include a white ink specifically for shrink sleeves and new yellow and magenta inks with enhanced lightfastness, also software upgrades, including a VDP tool for Adobe Illustrator, within HP SmartStream Designer prepress. Some exhibits will be from partners to HP Indigo (finishing Read more »

Brewing in Belgium: KHS & Martens Brouwerij Ramp Up ‘Direct-to-Shape’ Printing

Bob Leahey
 Aug 19, 2015

Color digital printing for packaging got a boost in Europe recently when a brewer long known for innovation, Martens Brouwerij (Belgium) publicized its use of a direct-to-shape print system to print PET bottles in full color, starting in June 2015. Called “Direct Print Powered by KHS™”, the system is engineered and built by KHS (Germany), a global supplier of filling and packaging solutions to the drinks industry, and commercialized by a wholly-owned KHS subsidiary, NMP Systems. The system, based on Xaar 1002 heads, Read more »

Xeikon Promotes Digital Production for Packaging with 2015 ‘Café’ in Belgium

Bob Leahey
 Apr 1, 2015

In this era of equipment suppliers holding their own trade shows, Xeikon added to the list by recently hosting the 2015 “Xeikon Café: Packaging Innovations” at its main plant in Lier, Belgium. The event’s title connotes an intimate setting, but the scene was also a dynamic one, dedicated to digital label and package converting and with over 500 attendees and dozens of market partners. Xeikon drew from far and near, with converters and suppliers from the U.S., India, China, Australia, and Latin America giving the whole event a global look and feel. Meanwhile, before and after the Café (March 10, 11, 12), Xeikon held separate events for European brands and for design and marketing professionals, upping the total guests for the week to over 700.

Xeikon's Event Drew Hundreds of Visitors

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HP’s ‘Digital Print for Corrugated’ Summit: Getting the Ecosystem Right

Bob Leahey
 Feb 11, 2015

Color digital printing for packaging so far has been mainly for primary package printing—first in color digital labels, where brand owners now spend about $3.2 billion annually, and more recently in folding cartons and flexible packaging, where digital print is really just getting started. Another digital category, though, is emerging, and that is corrugated package printing, mostly for secondary packs and displays, and typically produced by specialist converters. Corrugated is now clearly a color print market, and one where several inkjet vendors are now participating.

One of those suppliers, Hewlett Packard, recently hosted over 100 guests in Atlanta for a conference about color digital printing for corrugated packaging. While most attendees were prospects—dozens of corrugators and sheet printers, most from North America, but some from as far as China—there were also current users of HP Scitex flatbed inkjet printers for corrugated, and there were also HP technology partners, such as Esko (cutting Read more »

B2 Digital Presses: Market is Ramping Up in Europe, North America

Bob Leahey
 Dec 2, 2014

The new generation of ‘B2’ format sheet fed presses from HP Indigo and several other suppliers has caused interest and excitement since their first unveiling two years ago. Today about 140 B2 presses are operating worldwide, and that total is growing. InfoTrends recently interviewed 40 current users of B2 presses and also surveyed 200 prospects for the technology in Europe and North America, in order to understand the status and outlook for B2 digital systems, which are available now from Delphax, Fujifilm, HP Indigo, and Screen, with more to come.  The results are charted and interpreted in the new report, Opportunities and Challenges in B2 Digital.

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