“Our customers increasingly expect personalization and customized production," said Sabine Komar-Häusler, CEO at Komar Products. "As a result, our portfolio of designs and sizes is growing. This diversity of possibilities requires keeping as little stock as possible and instead of producing orders on-demand. This new system enables us to do just that.”
Komar had previously produced many of its wallpaper designs using offset, supported with digital solutions from another supplier.
“The Xeikon 3500 with its inline finishing units is the manufacturer’s latest development, into which all of this experience has been incorporated," Komar-Häusler said. " In addition, it delivers a clear advantage in terms of speed over other digital print technologies used in interior decoration, due both to print engine speed and its complete end-to-end production that results in finished rolls of wallpaper being delivered off the back end of the system.”
Its printing speed of 19.2m/min was one of the key criteria for Komar's decision. The simplex Xeikon 3500 digital press with speed upgrade is equipped with a chamber doctor blade system, enabling the application of coatings with water-based as well as UV varnish. In addition, Komar is able to reduce operational steps during wallpaper production thanks to the inline finishing system. Previously, it was necessary to print and varnish first, then cut, roll up and package. Now, the new Xeikon machine delivers a completely finished wallpaper. Thanks to its ability to print on a wide range of substrate weights, the Xeikon system is suitable for printing on stronger 150 g/m2 non-woven materials, for which there is currently huge demand.
“What drives us every day is knowing that our photomurals help people create a personal and comfortable environment for the most important places in their lives: Their homes and offices," Komar-Häusler said. "This new printing system supports this further by allowing us to meet the ever more varied and personalized customer requests and requirements with customized production.”