Xeikon has announced details of the latest installation of a new CX3 digital colour label press, taking place at Label Solutions in Brentwood, Essex. A long time user of both digital and flexographic technology, the new press will sit alongside the company’s existing Xeikon 3300.
Commenting on this latest addition, Les Burden, managing director of Label Solutions, said: ‘Following on from our proven success with the Xeikon 3300 we have chosen the CX3 to expand further into the digital marketplace. The additional capacity and increased speed will further enhance the Label Solutions reputation for fast turnaround and high quality, essential in today’s growing market. We had the pleasure to receive a personal visit from Benoit Chatelard, president, Flint Group digital, to sign the deal on his first UK visit, following his appointment.
‘This purchase should be seen as a commitment to our existing customers, and potential new customers. We are now part way through an investment in excess of £1 million. For us to invest this amount of money demonstrates, I believe, our ambition and belief in the market place.’
Adding further comment, Malcolm Bunn, sales director at Label Solutions, said: ‘Our label business has grown in line with our high expectations. We were very much reaching capacity on our existing Xeikon. We urgently needed the extra manufacturing capability that this new machine will give us, but on top of that the Xeikon CX3 is 30% faster than our other press, meaning that we can look to dramatically reduce lead times and still have capacity for new work.
‘Going forward, this investment in both equipment and people will help us to target and focus on new markets and new industries for our business.’
In addition to its two Xeikon presses, Label Solutions continues to run the flexographic side of its business. ‘We believe that we can offer the best of both worlds to our prospects and customers,’ said Malcolm. ‘Digital has certainly changed the label market considerably, but flexo still has a critical role to play for very long runs. There are certainly companies out there that need a supplier who can provide the best of both technologies.’