by Danny Mertens
4 Flint Group divisions present at Labelexpo Southeast Asia
Taking place from May 10th to 12th at Bitec, Bangkok, the event’s premise is a clear focus on label and packaging printing. As such, it will be the perfect platform for FlintGroup to highlight the combined industry strengths of four of its divisions, namely Flexographic, Narrow Web, Digital Solutions (Xeikon and ThermoFlexX). Flint Group’s solutions, designed to enable label printers and converters to enhance their production performance and embrace emerging markets, can be found on stands B14 and B16.
“We are excited to support the first Labelexpo Southeast Asia,” comments Antoine Fady, CEO Flint Group. “We are looking forward to showing label and packaging specialists our latest market leading technologies and innovations brought together on one booth. With our highly expert team from narrow web, Flexographic Products and digital print we will also provide updates and insight on everything from prepress and pre-production, to digital print and embellishments, converting and delivery.”
Xeikon: production flexibility with the Xeikon 3300
Xeikon will be demonstrating how its Xeikon 3300 roll 2 roll configuration supports high quality production of self-adhesive and the heat-transfer labels. The cost effective entry level narrow web label press excels in productivity and prints at true 1200 dpi offering operators the highest quality available, flexibility and operations scalability. It is the only digital press in the market with a real prepress workflow and strong color management functionality to ensure maximum performance with CMYK + White or special colors as may be required. Its water resistant dry toner allows the use of substrates without any specific treatment both before and after printing.
“The Xeikon 3300 is the cornerstone of our comprehensive portfolio of toner-based digital label presses,” comments Bent Serritslev, General Manager Asia for Xeikon. “It offers label and packaging converters a truly flexible solution that can grow as their business grows. It also helps businesses investigate new market opportunities. This is something we can further support with our aXelerate program established to help customers expand their services, more effectively sell digital and increase volume, thus making Xeikon a viable and sustainable investment”
Narrow Web: Capitalise on opportunities with food compliant packaging
Converters can consider new market opportunities with Flint Group Narrow Web’s comprehensive range of food packaging compliant printing inks for all major printing technologies: UV Mercury Flexo, UV LED Flexo, Water Based Flexo and UV Offset. Among the latest innovations on show will be the recent advances in in Low Migration– with a special focus on the award-winning and ground-breaking UV LED low migration technology, EkoCure™ ANCORA.
Kelly Kolliopoulos, Global Marketing Director, Flint Group Narrow Web explains: "Food packaging opportunities that did not exist before are being opened up by Low Migration LED curable inks and printing systems. LED systems operate at much lower temperatures which enables Narrow Web customers to print on heat sensitive films. They can also meet food packaging compliance thanks to Flint Group's novel low migration ink chemistry. We are excited to show visitors our economic model detailing how fast return on investment can be, as well as the latest on food packaging compliance, LED and reliability of cure."
Mrs Kolliopoulos concludes; “The latest addition to our LED curing portfolio will also be demonstrated, EkoCure XS – A UV LED Flexo ink system for Shrink Sleeves with improved adhesion for the fastest printing speeds. EkoCure® XS is a next generation LED technology developed by Flint Group Narrow Web, addressing key needs determined by many converters specializing in the shrink sleeve market. EkoCure® XS combines the latest ink chemistry that provides perfect cure and sufficient flexibility allowing better adhesion – especially after post shrink processing is completed.
Flexographic: Comprehensive class-leading portfolio
Flint Group’s Flexographic divisions’ comprehensive portfolio includes nyloflex® printing plates and equipment and rotec® sleeves and adapters. The latest addition is the easier to use nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System. It delivers thermal platemaking with no compromise in quality and will demonstrate highly consistent and stable plate production. Central to the processing system are nyloflex® Thermal Printing Plates and the innovative, highly efficient and environmentally friendly nyloflex® Developer Roll.
Friedrich von Rechteren, VP Sales EMEA & Global Marketing states: “We have reviewed the thermal process holistically and that has enabled us to build this highly responsive portfolio of solutions that are in a class of their own. The combination of best in equipment design, plate development and engineered fabric, has enabled us to create solutions that help reduce costs, enhance quality and improve sustainability.
To expand Flint Group’s offering for the label market, the nyloprint® WF Sharp will also be announced during the show. The water washable, film based plate for the high-end label market improves quality with highest line count for reproduction of finest details. And due to the suitability of the plate for all types of processing equipment and the high flexibility of the polyester base, and excellent adaption to different cylinders, makes the nyloprint® WF Sharp plate easier to use.
ThermoFlexX: Imaging that helps packaging pop
ThermoFlexX is a pioneer in introducing ground-breaking features on their Flexo and Letterpress imagers, offering an array of flexibility, productivity and quality that is unrivalled amongst digital flexo imagers.
ThermoFlexX will showcase their ThermoFlexX 30, supporting plate sizes up to 635 x 762 mm and 3,94 mm thick. Its unique plate clamping system and vacuum slider offers seamless plate handling. The ThermoFlexX 30 is also available with a hybrid drum able to process both Polyester Flexo plates and "Steel-back" Letterpress plates.
Christophe Lievens, Director of Sales & Marketing for ThermoFlexX states: “Our imagers incorporate numerous unique capabilities that enhance production and aid flexibility. This includes our in-house developed optics that supports imaging at different resolutions and the ability to image different resolutions on a single plate while imaging. While our maximum resolution of 5080 dpi means we can create extremely high-quality products. Last but not least, our unique vacuum slider concept allows production of partial plates without the need to fix plates with tape, improving overall productivity. ThermoFlexX, innovative flexo imagers, creating value for our customers”.
About Flint Group
Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colourant applications. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. Revenues for 2016 were € 2.3 billion. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves. For more information, please visit www.flintgrp.com
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. For more information, please visit www.xeikon.com.
For more information, contact:
T +49 711 9816 380
T +46 410 59302
Digital Solutions (Xeikon)
T +32 34 43 14 59
T +32 57 22 13 76