by Danny Mertens
Filmax BML-S and BML-O films
In response to market demands for high-quality, value adding, full colour graphics and reduced delivery times for decorative containers, Xeikon has certified the Filmax BML-S and BML-O films after thorough testing at Xeikon’s production facility in Belgium. The films achieved Xeikon’s high print quality standards on the Xeikon 3500 and Xeikon 3050 digital presses, running on the Xeikon QA-IC toner. These outstanding results and what they enable customers to achieve are further supported by the advantages offered by Xeikon’s dry toner including a clear white ink opacity, excellent lightfastness and meeting food safety regulations.
Filip Weymans, VP Marketing Xeikon, commented: “We know our customers are always exploring new opportunities. As a trusted advisor we want to help them achieve that. With our market knowledge, digital printing expertise and key partnerships, we continuously expand the range of Xeikon qualitied substrates. Qualifying the substrates, we guarantee our customers they can confidentially print on new substrates while maintaining the same high quality results. By running the tests, we provide them with all the assurance they need. The newly qualified Filmax substrates will allow customers to strongly position themselves in the in-mould containers and injection in-mould segments.”
The Filmax BML-S is a film developed to obtain a smooth surface on labels, even after the Blow Mould process, and BML-O gives an ‘orange peel’ effect to the label after the Blow Mould process. Also certified is a Clear Blow Mould and a Metalized Blow Mould material in both High Gloss and Matte finishes.
Filmax, a leading manufacturer of polypropylene films including qualified BOPP and CPP films was established in Seoul, South Korea 40 years ago. It is committed to working to create innovative products and has been cooperating with Xeikon for more than four years to develop materials for its digital press portfolio.
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 different imaging technologies, open workflow software and application-specific consumables.
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. Visit www.xeikon.com, or follow Xeikon on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.