High-tech company ARBURG continues to rely on Xeikon digital presses

Eede, Netherlands, 15 September 2016

ARBURG, one of the world's leading manufacturers of machines for plastics processing, has again opted for a digital printing system from Xeikon. Its latest acquisition, a Xeikon 8500 digital web press with a five-colour configuration, is being used to produce various corporate communications. It is the company's fourth generation of Xeikon printers.

Eede, Netherlands, 15 September 2016

In 1997, ARBURG was one of the first industrial companies to enter the world of digital printing with a system from Xeikon – in those days, the press was sold under the IBM OEM product. For ARBURG, a key decision point was the 8500’s fifth colour station which it has reserved solely for the ARBURG corporate colour, a characteristic mint green. Xeikon produces the special colour as part of its custom toner program.

Key criteria for digital printing

"We print the majority of our marketing and advertising material on demand. Other key criteria for digital printing are fast turnaround, flexibility and the use of variable data printing for customised mailings. We have driven down the number of brochures and other commercial print jobs held in stock to almost zero because we can now print them as needed. That saves significant money, and we are also able to make sure that everything that is printed is up to date. Another reason we use digital printing is to be able to version materials to accommodate the growing number of languages in which we print our marketing communications. The more language versions needed per brochure, the smaller the print runs."

Martin Wozny - head of graphics and design at ARBURG

Uptime and reliability of Xeikon presses

"Over the years, we have become very familiar with the Xeikon systems. We didn’t want to start again from scratch with a different manufacturer. The high uptime and reliability of Xeikon presses also reinforced our decision to stick with them. The Xeikon hotline is always on hand and expertly deals with any issues, which is greatly appreciated.”

From business cards to posters

ARBURG prints everything from 9 x 9 cm cards to 50 x 300 cm posters on its Xeikon digital press. It also uses the press to produce brochures, mailers, flyers, certificates, decorative materials and up to 50 different calendars, which each branch can tailor to its needs with the relevant public holidays, trade fairs and events. Since the mint green bar of the ARBURG logo appears in every item, access to the custom colour is critical. In the past, the corporate colour was produced using four process colours, but now that it can be digitally printed using a separate special colour, it is even more brilliant than before. ARBURG typically uses digital printing for static print runs is between 1000 and 2000 units. Personalized materials such as invitations are printed on the Xeikon press in runs of up to 16 000. In addition, in-house digital printing is in line with the company's policy of not sharing customer details with third parties for privacy and security purposes. ARBURG is also pleased that it can use the entire range of standard papers with its Xeikon press, and that Xeikon is continually working to add more special papers to its library of certified substrates, both coloured and structured.

Future perspectives

"In the future, we hope to tap further into the haptic added value of a greater range of substrates to add even more value to the items we print," Wozny says.

ABOUT ARBURG

ARBURG is one of the world's leading manufacturers of injection moulding machines with closing forces of between 125 and 5000 kN. It also produces robot systems, customised and industry-specific turnkey solutions and other peripherals. An innovative system for additive production was added to the plastics processing range in 2013. Production efficiency is at the heart of everything the company does and is considered all the way along the value added chain. The aim is for ARBURG's customers to be able to manufacture everything from individual plastic parts to large-scale volume production in an optimum quality and for a minimum unit cost – e.g. for the automotive and packaging industry, communication and entertainment electronics, medical technology and white goods. The international sales and service network guarantees first-class customer support on the ground: ARBURG operates its own organisations at 32 sites in 24 countries and has trading partners in over 50 countries. It only produces goods at its German production facility in Loßburg, where it has vertical integration of around 60 percent. With a total workforce of 2500, around 2050 employees work in Germany and around 450 in ARBURG organisations around the globe. Consolidated turnover in 2014 was €548 mill. In 2012 ARBURG was one of the first companies to hold three ISO certificates: ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 50001 (energy).

More information about ARBURG can be found at www.arburg.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.com – www.xeikon.com

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