by Dimitri Van Gaever
Eede, the Netherlands, December 14, 2015
This is the second time Xeikon has exhibited at Heimtextil, and this year the eye-catching and nature-inspired work of graphic artist Ludivine Lechat will be featured on the stand’s wallcoverings and in sample racks.
Monika Olbricht, Xeikon’s Sales Director, Document Printing Europe, explains, “Last year’s Heimtextil was very successful for largely due to the fact the digital printing of wall coverings and indoor decoration is taking off. We expect this year to be just as exciting. Previously, we showcased 3D bleached wooden paneling, bronzed iron sheets and cartoon character inspired designs. These applications really captured the imagination of the industry and demonstrated the huge variety of high quality work that Xeikon’s Wall Decoration Suite can produce. We anticipate that Ludivine’s work on display at Heimtextil 2016 will elevate that interest to an even greater level and help customers see the broader potential that digital printing of wall coverings offers.”
Xeikon will also showcase the creativity of other users providing services to the walldeco industry. De Resolutie (www.resolutie.nl) will demonstrate their design prowess with the former developing patterned wallpaper to highlight the finesse of digital printing with details that cannot be achieved with traditional printing. PPS Imaging GmbH (www.pps-imaging.de)will be present on booth to show their products. Also on the stand will be the Xeikon “explorer” touchscreen that will enable visitors to locate Xeikon customers providing services to the wall covering/interior decoration industry.
The Xeikon Wall Decoration Suite allows cost-efficient production of high-quality wall decorations for commercial, retail and residential purposes. This short-run user-friendly ‘all-in-one’ solution addresses increasing demand for more customized and personalized wall coverings and other interior décor, and enables the production of a small roll of finished wallpaper from a large roll of paper.
The Suite integrates four major components - a Xeikon Digital Press printing on the widest media range available, with dedicated workflows and software, application-specific toners and process optimization tools, and pre- and post-press equipment for an end-to-end solution.
At the show, Xeikon will have a Xeikon 3500 Digital Press equipped with an inline Web Varnishing Unit that includes an integrated cutter for side slitting and matte varnishing. The small finished rolls will be picked up and rewound by a coreless rewinder.
The ability of the Xeikon 3500 to print full-rotary and endless patterns without any breaks makes it ideal for producing any kind of wall-coverings, from short-run wallpapers of standard lengths to large murals. With an output speed of 600 m²/hr, the Xeikon 3500 press is the fastest digital printing press in its class.
Xeikon toners are odor-free and comply with EN15102 standards, while the inline finishing systems available with the Wall Decoration Suiteensure accurate cutting in both process and cross directions, producing a finished roll ready to be wrapped and sent out. The development of key partnerships is crucial to Xeikon’s core offering and its ability to deliver a complete solution. At Heimtextil 2016, Xeikon will again promote its collaboration with Felix Schoeller, Neu Kalisse, Ahlstrom and Lahnpaper (formerly Neenah Lahnstein).