Xeikon Cheetah wins first industry accolade

Xeikon Cheetah AwardThe Xeikon Cheetah, one of the most important advancements for the digital label market in 15 years, has received its first industry recognition – the EDP Award for Best Label Printing Solution.

The award was presented at FESPA in Germany, and the EDP Association is the first industry body to recognise the market-leading qualities of Xeikon’s most productive digital label press, only months after installation at pilot sites around the world.

Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon, said: “We are convinced the Xeikon Cheetah will have a very tangible impact on customers’ businesses through a number of production gains, all at high quality. We are delighted that the EDP Association recognises this as well.”

“The speed and quality of the Xeikon Cheetah will help our customers to win business while opening up new markets through improved cost efficiencies and increased productivity,” added Filip Weymans, director of segment marketing, labels and packaging at Xeikon.

“The new press will also enable traditional label printers to adjust their workflow strategy to both improve competitiveness and expand their offerings. We have already seen these kinds of results at our three pilot sites. Upon the commercial launch later this year, we are certain more customers will be able to take advantage of this technology.”

Xeikon Cheetah, a five-colour digital label press, runs at up to 30 meters per minute, making it 56 per cent faster than any other member of the Xeikon digital label press family. Its print quality is enhanced by the Cheetah toner, specifically developed for high speeds and based on Xeikon’s proven ICE toner technology.

In addition, the exceptionally low fusing temperature for this toner means that a wider range of substrates can be digitally printed at very high levels of quality. The availability of custom toners also expands the colour gamut that can be achieved, especially when printing brand colours where a process match is difficult to achieve.

The EDP Awards were established by the EDP Association, which was founded in October 2006 by the publishers of six trade magazines with a primary editorial focus on digital production. The EDP Awards acknowledge the value of R&D in the industry and recognise the best products of the past year.