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XEIKON MAKES INKJET MOVE

Long-time toner exponent Xeikon is entering the inkjet market with a new UV inkjet drop-on-demand label press. The Belgian digital press manufacturer, which is owned by Flint Group, aims to leverage its label printing know-how in the face of multiple competing inkjet label presses. The new Xeikon PX3000 roll-to-roll press uses Kyocera printheads married with Xeikon’s new PantherCure inks. It prints at 600dpi at 50m/min on media up to 350mm wide. The print width is 330mm. Colour configuration is CMYK plus white although Xeikon is still developing the white option. The mercury cured PantherCure inks do not require intermediate pinning or curing between stations, the firm said. Target markets are self-adhesive labels for industrial applications as well as health and beauty. Xeikon even took part in an 'inkjet versus toner' debate at last year’s Drupa, where it extolled the virtues of electrophotography.

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