“The Xeikon CX500 is as fast as the Xeikon CX3, which we also use. But on top of the full rotary printing speed of 30 meters per minute, the Xeikon CX500 has a unique web width of up to 520 mm,” Altrif Label COO Dion Goderie said.
Altrif Label has joined the St-Luc Labels and Packaging group.
“This group has printing companies in the Benelux and France, employs around 250 people and has a yearly turnover of 45 million euro,” Goderie said. “We can provide our customers with self-adhesive labels, booklets, multilayer labels, folding boxes, shrink films and flexible packaging. We can handle any assignment in the label and packaging field. Together with St-Luc, we offer offset, flexo, screen printing and digital printing. Our digital printing presses make us even more versatile. With our team of experts, we can produce short runs and short delivery time. We even print flexible packaging and shrink sleeves digitally. And we never compromise on quality.”
Altrif Labels produces labels for brand owners, among which several multinational corporations. The pharmaceutical industry is a large customer.
“We see a clear increase in the demand for digital print. Our customers are interested in good quality at a fair price and are not so much concerned about the techniques we use to make our products,” Goderie said. “Digital print however, gives us the tools we need to meet the demand for short runs and fast delivery.”
Market developments and the availability of new technology has radically changed the demand for labels and packaging. Today, a job of 10.000 labels is considered as a short run production. You can have 20 variants of the same brand on one label format, Goderie said.
“It’s even possible to print unique personalized labels at full speed production. The demand for variable print is growing immensely,” he added. “This requires in-house prepress and years of experience.”
Altrif Label has a long-standing relationship with Xeikon. In 1998, the company was the first user in the Benelux of a digital Xeikon web press.