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Xeikon introduces new press based on Sirius technology

Print Solutions

Xeikon has introduced a new addition to its graphic arts and commercial product portfolio with the launch of the Xeikon SX20000 digital colour press.

This is the second duplex press to come to market based on the company’s Sirius dry toner technology, and it presents an excellent value proposition for printers looking for a cost effective machine that will give them superior image quality, perfect registration front to back and exceptional colour quality control. With a high level of application flexibility, this versatile press will suit printers working in the production of high quality books and direct mail, point of sale materials, security print and general commercial print applications. The SX20000 is available for physical and online demonstrations at Xeikon’s Global Innovation Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, and is globally commercially available as of Q1 2021.

Dimitri Van Gaever, market segment director, stated: ‘In today’s printing world, we all know it is about delivering value which encompasses quality, performance, sustainability and competitive pricing. With the launch of the SX20000, Xeikon is offering printers in the graphic arts and commercial markets an investment opportunity – a press with unequalled capabilities at an attractive investment level. The Xeikon SX20000 has all the innovations of its flagship predecessor, the SX30000, which makes it a consistent, reliable all-round performer, able to run at a printing width of 508 mm on a broad range of substrates at 1200 x 3600 dpi at speeds of 20 metres per minute or 1700 B2 sheets per hour. This single pass, duplex press is geared towards printers looking to streamline and optimise the production of high value, premium quality print with high coverage content on high quality papers. On top of that, the Xeikon SX20000 offers scalability with upgrades available in both speed and colour stations. With this new press, we are bringing to market a full rotary machine based on Sirius dry toner technology driven by Xeikon’s powerful X-800 workflow for full automation.’

The company envisions two big markets for digital with this new addition: book printing and direct mail.

It has noted the significant resurgence in printed book production in the last couple of years. Book sales have risen sharply due to easy availability through online channels and renewed interest in high quality books. The rise in demand is stimulating book publishers and printers to look at their business strategies, and many are now choosing quality over speed. With the SX20000, designers and printers have no limitations. Rotary printing makes it simple with perfect registration and imposition on much longer substrates, so no repeat size, fixed sheet format or frame length. This becomes a significant advantage in the finishing department. On this single pass duplex press, there are no coverage limitations, no special inks – just load the reel on the Xeikon and off it goes – no fine tuning, no magic, just a quality result!

The company’s strategy is to offer the SX20000 as a highly versatile and flexible print production platform, perfect for specialist jobs such as quality targeted direct mail. Many direct mail companies are using high quality papers for a limited audience as well as the fifth station on the press for brand colours. To develop Sirius dry toner technology, Xeikon built on the four major areas of toner development, imaging technology, fusing technology and media conditioning, and every key component impacts on the overall quality result.

Dimitri concluded, ‘We believe the launch of the Xeikon SX20000 comes at the right moment in time. Printers looking for a roll fed machine with maximum efficiencies, a powerful workflow for full colour control and automated imposition plus all the processes necessary to compete, need look no further. Many printers working in the graphic arts and commercial print markets are aware that they need to streamline their operation, reduce their total cost of ownership, increase productivity and uptime and also review their equipment. Printers looking for new revenue streams and considering a broader range of applications may be restricted because of printing equipment limitations. Our single pass duplex press is unique, designed to maximise and deliver a market leading performance and unequalled sustainability. The Xeikon SX20000 has everything and more to guarantee business growth and become the cornerstone of any print business.’


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