Xeikon, which has built its business on toner technology, has announced a sudden move into inkjet printing with a UV ink system under the Panther brand name.
The first product will be a new label press, the PX3000. Jeroen Van Bauwel, Xeikon’s Director Product Management explained: “The Xeikon PX3000 based on our newly developed Panther UV inkjet technology and operating PantherCure UV ink, is engineered with the requirements of the label market and its end-users in mind.” The PX3000 has a web width of 330mm and a maximum speed of 50 m/min. It prints CMYK plus white with 600×600 dpi resolution. It prints to a range of substrates including self-adhesive media with facestocks including paper, PVC, PP, PET and PE. It will use the same X-800 front end as Xeikon’s other presses.
Xeikon will continue to sell its existing label presses, which include the dry toner 3000 series and and CX3 cheetah press. Filip Weymans, VP of marketing for Xeikon, says that Xeikon will be better-positioned to advise its customers, noting: “Label converters and brand owners are increasingly recognizing the value digital printing brings to the market, but many converters are unsure which direction to take to bring digital into the fold.”
Van Bauwel adds: “Inkjet and electrophotography are different technologies, each with pros and cons, and the choice is end-user dependent. We see UV inkjet as a complementary offering that addresses customer needs, for example, in strong durability, extra glossy effects and scratch-resistance results, while recognizing the advantages of dry toner in other applications where high print quality, food safety, and compatibility with challenging substrates such as natural paper are key.”