“Flint Group is a one-stop shop for label converters, and during Labelexpo Europe we want to demonstrate that for the first time on one booth,” said Antoine Fady, CEO of Flint Group. “This ranges from prepress and pre-production, through digital print & embellishments, converting and delivery. And we are excited to be bringing some new products to the show.”
With a product line ranging from nyloflex printing plates and equipment, rotec sleeves and adapters, Flint Group Flexographic Products will showcase its comprehensive technology for the printing industry. New at the show will be the nyloflex Xpress Thermal Processing System, with a smarter design that is easier to use. At the heart of the processing system are the nyloflex Thermal Printing Plates, which serve a variety of application needs, including film; and the innovative nyloflex Developer Roll, which is designed to be highly efficient and environmentally friendly.
“This is thermal like you’ve never seen before. We believe our new, integrated solution, is in a class of its own. We achieved this result by looking at the thermal process holistically. By combining the best in equipment design, plate development and engineered fabric, Flint Group is offering a system which leads to reduced costs, improved quality and improved sustainability,” said Friedrich von Rechteren, VP sales EMEA and global marketing.
Also on display will be Flint Group’s patent-pending, state-of-the-art rotec Eco Bridge for use in flexographic printing presses and on plate-mounting equipment.
For the event, Flint Group Narrow Web will demonstrate its comprehensive range of food packaging compliant printing inks for all major printing technologies: UV mercury flexo, UV LED flexo, water-based flexo and UV and EB offset. Flint Group will also present its latest innovations in low migration, with a special focus on the award-winning UV LED low migration technology, EkoCure ANCORA.
“Low migration LED curable inks and printing systems open up opportunities for expansion into food packaging that did not exist before,” stated Kelly Kolliopoulos, global marketing director, Flint Group Narrow Web. “Narrow web customers can now print on heat sensitive films because the LED systems operate at much lower temperatures, and additionally they can meet food packaging compliance because of Flint Group’s novel low migration ink chemistry.”
Xeikon will be displaying its newly launched Panther technology, a UV inkjet platform that complements Xeikon’s dry toner technology, and the first UV inkjet press based on this technology, the Xeikon PX3000. The new press was developed in response to the growing need for new technologies in digital label printing, to drive new applications and to produce them in the most efficient way. The primary application focus for the Xeikon PX3000, which prints at a resolution of 600 dpi, is self-adhesive health & beauty and industrial labels, with dry toner being the preferred technology for applications where food safety is a requirement.
“The Xeikon PX3000 complements our comprehensive portfolio of toner-based digital label presses that will also be on display at the show. This technology will enable even more applications and longer runs to migrate from analog to digital technologies. The printed output is scuff and scratch resistant and resists damage from water or chemicals without the need for lamination. Plus, our new aXelerate program will help converters understand how to sell digital in order to ramp up volumes quickly – whether in toner or inkjet,” said Filip Weymans, VP global marketing for Xeikon. For more details, read the news releases on Panther Technology and Xeikon PX3000.
ThermoFlexX platemaking systems provide high resolution plate exposure including screening, as well as workflow management. Next to automated prepress workflow software from partner Hybrid Software, ThermoFlexX will also showcase the ThermoFlexX 48 with a maximum plate size of 900 x 1200 mm, which comes with a fixed FlexTray that makes automatic loading and unloading of plates easier. Its standard 2540 dpi resolution makes it ideal for flexible packaging and folding carton applications. The ThermoFlexX 30 will be shown with a hybrid drum that enables processing of both polyester flexo plates as well as “Steel-back” letterpress plates.