by David Wilkins
Kent Wolford’s extensive print industry background was one of the key reasons Xeikon chose him for the role. Wolford joined the market leader in digital color printing technology, from Domino Amjet where he was in senior business development for four years.
His many years’ experience with conventional narrow web flexo in senior sales and marketing roles such as Webtron, plus a broad background with digital label and packaging solutions at HP and Domino, helped him develop a deep understanding and knowledge of the industry.
Wolford studied Business at Louisiana State University and received his BS degree in Business/Marketing at Towson University.
Enhanced resources to grow the business
“I joined Xeikon because the solutions have a broader appeal and capabilities, and the new ownership of the Flint Group provides enhanced resources to grow the business. The Xeikon digital press line is a full rotary press, with no pre-treatment of substrates required, true 1200 x 1200 dpi, high lightfastness, FDA-compliant toners for food packaging, no VOCs, and the best in class front end. Exciting times ahead!”
Kent Wolford, Tag and Label Sales Manager Southeast/Southwest USA
Gray has returned to Xeikon as Tag and Label Sales Manager West Coast. He was previously regional sales manager before joining Domino Amjet as Digital Print Accounts Manager in 2014. Prior to that he spent 21 years contracted with Aquaflex, lastly as Global Sales Manager and International Sales Manager.
Gray studied Mechanical Engineering at Bulawayo Polytechnic specializing In Printing & Packaging.
Introducing new niche market opportunities
“In my new role I am looking forward in helping my current and new customers expand and grow their business, by introducing new niche market opportunities that will help them provide and manufacture a wider range of product offerings. For example: "You print the label, why not print the box as well" or print IML or Heat Transfer Labels, short run Folding Cartons, Pouches, etc.”
Tom Gray, Tag and Label Sales Manager West Coast.
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:
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