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Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Laserplus Fit PEFC labelstock improves efficiency in labelling end-uses

UPM Raflatac has launched a new roll-to-sheet labelstock designed to deliver optimized performance and sustainability into Office and A4 logistics applications. Laserplus Fit PEFC RP A2 KS55 replaces Laserplus PEFC RP A4 KS55 for labelling end-uses such as shipping, routing and tracking.

The thinner and lighter ‘Fit’ label face offers increased efficiency for both label converters and brand owners. The converter is able to move to longer reel lengths, and end-users benefit from using less material.

Customers of UPM Raflatac have reported excellent performance in high-speed conversion and particularly during matrix-stripping. Good die-cutting characteristics provide clean and sharp label edges, and the new product shows optimal lay-flat properties in typical cut-size formats.

UPM Raflatac’s PEFC chain of custody certification verifies that the wood fibres of the Laserplus Fit PEFC face material are from responsibly managed forests. The thinner label face also contributes to improved environmental performance. Based on UPM Raflatac’s comprehensive lifecycle assessments (LCA), switching from Laserplus PEFC RPA4 KS55 to Laserplus Fit PEFC RP A2 KS55 reduces carbon emissions by 8%, energy consumption by 6% and water consumption by 8%.

Label Summit Latin America to address region’s growth prospects

The next Label Summit Latin America, the 12th edition of the event, is to provide an agenda for growth as the region’s prospects rise, with a speaker line-up including suppliers to and printers from across the region discussing topics ranging from new printing techniques to revolutionize design and branding, to shrink sleeves and smart technologies.

Taking place April 21-22 at World Trade Center in Mexico City, the two-day conference program features representatives from: suppliers such as Avery Dennison, HP Indigo, Epson, Mark Andy, Goss International, Esko, DuPont, UPM Raflatac, Wausau Coated Products, Accraply, Yupo, AVT, Smartrac and Flint Group; converters Papeles y Conversiones de México and Gráfica Villalba; regional associations Ametiq and Acoban; brand Tequila Bonanza; and the Mexican Wines Committee.

Labels & Labeling’s James Quirk, Latin America editor, and Danielle Jerschefske, North America editor, will help chair and moderate sessions and discussions across the two days.

Sessions will cover topics ranging from training and education in the label industry, and creating new opportunities in brand development and market positioning, to opportunities in Mexico’s fast-growing wine market and in-mold cup production for World Cup 2014, which was held in Brazil.

In addition, a table-top exhibition will support the summit, with representatives from further suppliers to the market, such as Xeikon, SPGPrints, Edale, Sappi, Sun Chemical, Alphasonics and RotoMetrics, to be present.

The previous Label Summit Latin America, held last year in Medellin, Colombia, hosted more people than any previous Label Summit run anywhere in the world.

Tasha Ventimiglia, event director for Label Summit Latin America, said: “The aim of Label Summit Latin America is to help printers, brand owners, designers and industry suppliers to capitalize on their full business potential by providing them with the latest tools, skills and knowhow. With plenty of time to network and foster new connections too, the summit should give them the perfect chance to grasp new opportunities to take their business to the next level.”

Xeikon Café packaging innovations wraps up successful 2015 edition with 35% rise in visitor numbers

Unique platform informs hundreds of label and packaging professionals on ways to ensure their digital production is profitable
Xeikon is pleased to report that the 2015 edition of the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations saw a 35% rise in visitor numbers with more than 700 industry innovators keen to learn about enhancing digital print production. Hosted by Xeikon in collaboration with its Aura partners, the three-day event at Xeikon’s R&D and production site in Belgium was held to help label and packaging printers as well as converters, print buyers, brand owners and marketers worldwide transform profitability. Visitors were able to learn more about the latest trends and innovations in digital production and had the opportunity to get up to speed with the newest technologies and share insights.

“We are delighted to see the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations platform is growing, in terms of both industry and customer support. We received very positive feedback from the event attendees. The relaxed approach to this educational review of market drivers, trends and emerging technologies enabled them to have far reaching conversations and get a clearer business path for their journey ahead,” says Wim Maes, Xeikon CEO.

“We are also very pleased to see an increased diversity in the type of print professionals that attended the event,” Maes continues. “Not only printers and converters appreciated the Xeikon Café as a platform to get more insights in optimizing their digital print production. Also brand owners gained a better understanding of how digital print is the answer to their needs in terms of shorter runs and greater product variety to name just some. For marketers that attended the event, I can say the Xeikon Café 2015 certainly was an eye-opener as they discovered how digital print technology creates new creative opportunities.”

Extended educational platform
During the Xeikon Café, a series of presentations were held as part of the Business Conference program where highly experienced market experts and Xeikon customers shared business insights and experiences on digital printing. Running alongside, the Technical Conference program provided a number of technology-driven seminars given by Xeikon and its Aura Partners. In total more than 100 sessions were held, covering all aspects of digital production. “One of our objectives with the Xeikon Café is to provide an informal knowledge exchange platform. Also for the 2015 edition, we certainly reached this goal with a large number of high quality presentations, all providing outstanding industry related information. Leading market trends and their influence on brands and print buyers were just some of the most interesting topics,” adds Maes.

Collaboration with Xeikon Aura Partners provides myriad of information
At the Xeikon Café 2015 edition, no less than 33 Aura Partners exhibited their integrated solutions and industry expertise through more than 15 different applications ranging from folding carton to self-adhesive, heat transfer and in-mold labels. The wide range of applications illustrated exactly the extent of what digital production can achieve. Combined with the many networking opportunities, this event was also much appreciated by the attending Xeikon Aura Partners.

“We are pleased to see also our Aura Partners embraced the Xeikon Café 2015 edition. Digital printing answers many of the challenges today’s print producers, print buyers and brands face. Because there is more to print production than printing, we have gone one step further and developed together with our Aura Partners total solutions. These solutions, or suites, are carefully selected and thoroughly tested combinations of equipment, technologies and capabilities. Having these solutions demonstrated live at the Xeikon Café, we managed to educate visitors how to produce not only head-turning prints, but fully finished products,” Maes concludes.

Xeikon invites anyone that was unable to attend the event to visit the www.xeikoncafe.com website for more impressions, images or to request a free sample package.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Xeikon to present brand-new Xeikon 9800 Dry Toner Digital Color Press at Graphispag

Show presence underlines ongoing expansion of Xeikon’s Spanish branch and direct sales organization
Xeikon will present its new Xeikon 9800 dry toner digital color press at Graphispag, where visitors will discover the advantages of the Xeikon solutions on stand E551. Graphispag takes place March 24 to 27, at the Recinto Gran Vía 2 de Fira de Barcelona in Spain. Xeikon’s return to this industry event, demonstrates its confidence and interest in the Spanish market.

Also underlining Xeikon’s commitment to the Spanish market is the direct sales structure the company has in place, as well as the opening last year of an office in Barcelona headed by Jordi Grau, an experienced professional with a longstanding career in the graphics arts market. As Sales Director Xeikon Iberia, Jordi Grau stresses the importance for clients on working directly with the supplier: "Since the organizational change is fairly recent, Graphispag will help us further develop personal relationships with our clients and inform them about everything our local team can offer them."

The Xeikon 9800 digital press – which replaces the Xeikon 8800 press in its family of digital color production presses – uses Xeikon’s new QA-CD toner, delivering the proven outstanding Xeikon print quality at speeds up to 21.5 meter per minute at reduced consumables cost. This makes it the most productive digital color press in the Xeikon portfolio with 5/5 single-pass duplex printing.

The Xeikon 9800 sets another benchmark for quality and versatility in digital document and commercial printing. The press can print on a wide range of untreated substrates ranging from an amazingly lightweight 40gsm up to 300gsm substrates. In addition, integrated with the variable data capabilities of the Xeikon X-800 front-end, this press is perfectly suited for high-end direct marketing work.

The uniquely adapted Xeikon QA-CD toner and Xeikon’s high-quality imaging system deliver a print resolution of 1200x3600 with variable dot density for unmatched quality. Available QA-CD toners include CMYK, Red, Green, Blue, Extra Magenta and SuperBlack as well as White and Clear (UV reflecting) toner. Upon request, Xeikon can also provide special colors specified by print production operations and their brand owner client.

Innovation, quality and functionality are the capabilities Xeikon will demonstrate through its showcased digital printing solutions at Graphispag 2015.

X-Rite launches I1isis 2 Automated Chart Reader for improved prepress/pressroom quality, productivity

M1 measurement support, scanning of thousands of patches in minutes for fast, accurate measurement and device profiling
X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announce an important update to its popular i1iSis Solutions family of automated chart readers for prepress/premedia, photo and pressroom color management and profiling. The new i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL use i1 spectral technology to accommodate M0, M1 and M2 measurement illumination conditions which help manage the complexities of measuring optically brightened substrates now commonly used in grand format, premedia and digital press applications.

“For anyone in prepress, digital print or the graphic arts production process that spend time measuring charts, the new i1iSis2 is a must,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Portfolio Manager of X-Rite.

“This automated chart reader, is built on our award-winning i1 spectral technology and reads up to 2,500 patches printed on a single A3 page in just minutes, saving valuable operator and production time. Now users have the ability to capture M0, M1 and M2 in a single chart measurement cycle.”

The i1iSis 2 integrate seamlessly into a user’s workflow and is available in two models:
  • i1iSis 2 XL: Reads up to 2,500 patches on a single A3/Tabloid sheet in just 10 minutes;
  • i1iSis 2: Reads up to 1,500 patches on a single A4/Letter sheet in just 8 minutes.
  • The X-Rite i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL come with built-in vision systems that offer high tolerance for how charts are aligned as they are fed into the system, automatically correcting for misalignment. Barcode reading for chart identification adds further ease of use and error reduction.
  • With the i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL, users are able to:
  • Capture full spectral data for the charts they measure;
  • Use with i1Profiler software to accommodate a variety of inks and substrates in any viewing condition using Optical Brightening Compensation (OBC);
  • Assure compliance with new ISO standards for M-Series measurement illumination conditions; and
  • Spend less time on press profiling and more on taking care of customers.

The i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL are XRGA compliant. The X-Rite Graphic Arts Standard (XRGA), an X-Rite calibration standard for graphic arts instruments, includes new advances in color technology and changes required to meet ISO-13655. As XRGA-compliant instruments, the i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL ensure high quality data exchange and workflows in environments where different instrumentation is used.

For more information about the X-Rite i1 Solutions for Color Management, visit http://www.xrite.com/i1isis-2-automated-chart-readers