Eede, the Netherlands, October 17, 2016

The third edition of the highly popular Xeikon Café educational conference is back in 2017. This engaging event is designed to be an informal knowledge exchange platform around packaging and label innovations, demonstrating end-to-end digital production solutions with content presented by leading industry suppliers, including experts from Xeikon and its Aura partners.

Scheduled for 28 to 31 March 2017 at Xeikon’s Lier facility near Antwerp, Belgium, the event will be extended to four days instead of three, reflecting global growth and interest. Driven by high quality content and an interactive format, Xeikon Café offers first-hand, actionable information and advice on industry innovations and trends. The 2017 edition will offer a strong conference program with a focus on key innovations, technical aspects, and business education.

A printer’s guide to a changing market

“A production process is more than just printing. It requires an efficient workflow with little human interaction, the right print media, economical consumables like foils, varnishes, and glues, and converting equipment that can effectively process media. As the market continues to evolve, there are challenges ahead in terms of reduced lead times from concept to the store. This is combined with the drive toward higher quality.” He continues, “In addition, there is the need for packaging to be food safe, with several variants of the same products produced in different quantities, resulting in the shorter run lengths that present a challenge for conventional printing technologies. That’s why it is crucial for packaging converters to invest in digital technologies. At the same time there are a variety of opportunities to create new business models, building a service around the package. So many opportunities and so many challenges, but where can you see everything together?”

The true value of Xeikon Café

This is the true value of Xeikon Café – the ability for packagers to observe an end-to-end digital workflow, learn how to efficiently and effectively incorporate digital technologies into the mix and ask questions relevant to their production process. Industry experts are also present to educate on market trends and the value of digital production. Xeikon Café is the perfect setting for printers and converters to learn which tools and equipment are right for them, and how to efficiently and effectively incorporate these investments into their packaging production platform.

Looking forward to the next edition

In 2015, Xeikon Café attracted more than 800 attendees with representation from Asia, Europe and the Americas, including converters, brand owners and design agencies. In addition, approximately 30 industry suppliers from different segments demonstrated more than 15 live end-to-end applications, ranging from popular self-adhesive and wet glue labels to folding cartons and paper cups.

Key Xeikon Aura partners express their appreciation of the value delivered by Xeikon Café, and are looking forward to participating the 2017 event.

Geert van Damme of CERM says: “Xeikon Café provides us with a great platform to showcase how our MIS systems integrate seamlessly into a wide variety of production environments. We will demonstrate how our software supports a range of print engines to truly deliver value.”

Live demonstrations

“Our customers in the packaging and label market have been asking us frequently about how our products, such as varnishes, can be used with digital printed output. Providing samples and information that demonstrate this is one thing, but showing it live is priceless. It is our first time participating in the Xeikon Café, and we are confident the event will deliver against our expectations.”

An exceptional opportunity to demonstrate capability

David Hitch of Diamond photofoil says: “We are a pioneer in heat transfer label decoration, an application that doesn’t really have an exhibition platform for us to illustrate its uniqueness and strength as a unique decoration method. We see Xeikon Café as an exceptional opportunity to demonstrate our capability to a broader audience and provide a deeper understanding of the concept to attendees.”

Please register free at www.xeikoncafe.com.

ABOUT THE XEIKON CAFÉ PACKAGING INNOVATIONS

The Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations is a platform offered by Xeikon and its Aura partners, offering the opportunity to understand, evaluate and experience digital production, and enabling printers and converters to consciously make a business decision. Through demonstrations, presentations, workshops and discussions, participants receive first-hand actionable information and advice on industry innovations and trends. More information is available and free registration is possible at www.xeikoncafe.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

In 2015, Xeikon joined Flint Group to create a new “Digital Printing Solutions” division for the leading global print consumables and solution provider to the packaging and print media industries. Flint Group develops and manufactures an extensive portfolio of printing consumables. These include a vast range of conventional and energy-curable inks and coatings, pressroom chemicals, printing plates and equipment, printing blankets and sleeves, and pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves.

For more information about Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com and for Flint Group, visit www.flintgrp.com or contact:

Xeikon
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.comwww.xeikon.com

PR agency Xeikon
duomedia
Dorien Cooreman
Barastraat 175 - 1070 Brussels - Belgium
T: +32 (0)2 560 21 50 – M: +32 (0)478 98 60 58
Dorien.c@duomedia.com – www.duomedia.com 


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