11 September 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 September 2007
NEW CUSTOMER PRODUCT LAUNCHES INCORPORATING LATEST TECHNOLOGIES
Xaar plc ('Xaar'), the inkjet printing technology group headquartered in
Cambridge, is pleased to announce that several of its customers will be
exhibiting new printing machine products at the forthcoming Labelexpo Europe
2007 trade show as part of their commercial launch programmes.
The exhibition is being held in Brussels from 26 to 29 September and is a major
'showcase' for the label printing industry.
Printing machine products at the show will feature both Xaar's new Platform 2
and Platform 3 printheads. Further details are included below.
Ian Dinwoodie, Xaar's Chief Executive, commented: 'The commercial launch of
these new printing machine products marks an important step forward for Xaar in
developing volume sales for its Platform 2 printheads manufactured in Sweden and
the Platform 3 products manufactured at the new facility in Huntingdon.'
DETAILS OF CUSTOMERS' PRODUCTS AT LABELEXPO
Platform 3: Xaar 1001 printhead: Nilpeter 'Caslon' print module
Nilpeter, of Denmark, one of the world's leading narrow web label press
manufacturers, and FEEI Ltd. (formerly FujiFilm Electronic Imaging) of the UK
have jointly developed Caslon, a modular digital print solution for labels and
narrow web packaging using 4-colour process UV inkjet technology. The first
commercially available product will be in 330 mm (13') and 420 mm (16') web
widths, with 508 mm (20') and 559 mm (22') available later.
Caslon uses the latest Xaar 1001 printheads integrated into a digital print
engine by FFEI, one of the launch partners for the Xaar 1001 product. Modular in
design, Caslon can be integrated into Nilpeter's conventional flexo press lines,
or can function as a stand alone roll-to-roll system. In the former
configuration, Caslon's speed matches that of conventional print units.
Consumer trends towards limited-run special offers, short-term marketing
initiatives and multiple language variants are driving label and packaging
manufacturers to look for alternative production methods. Caslon enables the
commercially viable output of such shorter runs and fits into a printing
company's total workflow solution.
Platform 2: Xaar 760 printhead: Sun Chemical 'SolarJet'
SolarJetTM, Sun Chemical's latest generation UV inkjet printer designed
specifically to benefit the growing short-run, narrow-web labels market is being
launched at Labelexpo. Sun Chemical is part of the Dai Nippon Ink group, the
world's leading supplier of commercial printing inks.
Built in partnership with Imaging Technology International (iTi) of Colorado,
USA, one of Xaar's integrator partners, SolarJet allows printers to produce
shorter print runs quickly, cost effectively and without sacrificing quality.
This printer is targeted at the pharmaceutical, health and beauty, industrial,
electronics and FMCG markets where printed products are now being updated more
and more frequently and commercially viable run lengths need to be shorter to
avoid costly wastage.
The SolarJet is equipped with the latest generation Xaar 760 printheads and the
press can print at a speed of up to 25 metres (80 linear feet) per minute.
Platform 2: EFI 'Jetrion 4000'
EFI, the global printing group based in the US, unveiled the Jetrion 4000 last
year and it will be shown in full production at LabelExpo Europe. The first
Jetrion 4000 UV Inkjet System has just been sold to True Label Inc, in Ohio USA.
The Jetrion 4000 Series of UV inkjet printers offers narrow web converters an
affordable, full-colour alternative to toner-based printers. Printers can now
harness lower running costs, superior production capabilities, and have the
flexibility of inkjet technology for applications such as labels, tags, forms
and tickets. The Jetrion 4000 uses Xaar printhead technology with grayscale
capability which allows it to print near photographic quality.
Platform 3: Xaar 1001 printhead: Xaar company stand
Xaar will be also demonstrating the 'industrial strength' Xaar 1001 on its own
stand, running high quality, high-speed label printing using the latest UV ink
technology. This variable drop (greyscale) printhead features Xaar's patented
Hybrid Side-ShooterTM platform with TF TechnologyTM. Combined, these patented
technologies produce dynamically variable drop sizes essential for fine detail
and readable small text as well as smooth tones reliably and consistently in
Xaar plc: 01223-423663
Ian Dinwoodie, Chief Executive www.xaar.co.uk
Nigel Berry, Group Finance Director & Deputy
Steve Liebmann or Simon Bloomfield 020-7367-8883 / 07802-888159
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