Xeikon is celebrating a triple success at drupa that includes the first sales of its Xeikon 3300 label presses in the Middle East and Mexico. Dubai-based Kimoha Entrepreneurs purchased the first digital label press with DCoat330 flexible converting system in the Middle East while Innovo F&H was the first to make the investment in Mexico. UK converter BS Labels was the third company order a Xeikon 3300.
Kimoha Entrepreneurs is a label printer serving the Middle East region covering a broad range of markets including food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics supplied to leading brands including Nestle, J&J and Total. The new press was chosen to complement a large flexo division.
‘The Middle East is a strong growth market and investment was necessary to ensure we could capture the opportunities,’ commented Wolfram Gruening, executive director. ‘The addition of digital capabilities will enable us to be more competitive in short to medium runs. We will be able to respond more effectively on quick turnaround jobs – taking the pressure off our flexo department. But this meant the quality had to match our flexo capabilities. The tools provided by Xeikon allowed us to create a perfect match between both digital and flexo.’
Self-adhesive label printer Innovo F&H hopes to bring new innovation to the Mexican and Central American label market through its investment. Owners Fabian Silva and Hugo Cruz will focus on providing high quality, variable and affordable full color labels in short and medium runs. Cruz said: ‘This will allow us to become stronger and grow steadily as the market does. The Mexican label printer tends not to be focused and we want to break that mold by specializing in a trade service with digital printing. The press offers an alternative for the Mexican market with flexibility in substrates at high quality. It will help us address more specialized applications and broaden our services.’
BS Labels UK chose the Xeikon 3300 to help relieve pressure on its flexo department and improve competitiveness. Crucial, too, was the ability to meet standards for indirect and direct food contact through the QA-I toner. Tony Pickering, managing director and owner of BS labels, said: ‘It took a long time to decide on digital technology. The Xeikon toner and compatibility with food contact was a key factor in our decision as we mainly operate in the food label market.’
Filip Weymans, labels and packaging segment manager for Xeikon, said: ‘We are delighted that such a respected Middle Eastern label printer has recognized the many benefits of the Xeikon 3300, while working with Innovo F&H is the result of our increased focus on the LATAM. We are sure that these are just among the many companies across these regions that can use our technology to help give them a more competitive edge. Also we are happy to add BS Labels, a prestigious food label printer in the UK, to our large and fast growing customer base.’
Pictured: Dubai-based Kimoha Entrepreneurs purchased the first digital label press with DCoat330 flexible converting system in the Middle East
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