Eticom adds Xeikon 3300 narrow-web label press to extend flexo/ digital production platform

Mexican self-adhesive label specialist Eticom has added a Xeikon 3300 narrow-web label press to its extensive production platform with several digital and flexo presses. Eticom specialises in self-adhesive labels for the food & beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries that require high-end labels. Spread over its two facilities in Mexico City and Monterrey, the company today operates with sixteen flexo presses and two high-end digital presses. The new Xeikon 3300 will offer size and format capabilities that are not available with Eticom’s current presses, with equivalent high quality. Eticom choose Xeikon’s dry-toner electrophotography technology to complement its existing flexo and liquid ElectroInk printing technologies to expand capacity and the range of offerings.

“Adding the Xeikon 3300 offers us a number of benefits,” states owner Jesus Ramirez. “First, Xeikon presses are relatively new in the Mexican market, so that alone sets us apart. In addition, this new press gives us the ability to take advantage of a wider web width and larger format size with a virtually unlimited repeat length. It requires no priming and can print on a broader range of substrates than our existing digital presses. And finally, it blends in perfectly with our established installed base of digital and flexo presses, delivering the same high quality. That allows us to mix and match jobs across multiple presses for optimum load balancing.”

Ramirez points out that as digital press manufacturers gain more presence in the Mexican market, companies like this have more choices. “A few years ago, we didn’t have these choices,” he says. “We are excited to now be able to choose specific solutions and suppliers for different applications.

This allows us to be more creative with our production and to continually expand the range of applications we can offer to our customers.”

The most popular press model in the Xeikon 3000 Series, the 19.2 m/min (63 ft/min) Xeikon 3300 has a variable web width ranging from 200 mm (7.9 inches) up to 330 mm (13 inches). It can handle production volumes of up to 380 square meters/hour. For Eticom, other key decision criteria besides the web width were the fact the press meets FDA and food certification standards and that it delivers high quality print thanks to the Xeikon QA-I dry toner technology. Eticom will be fully supported by Xeikon’s direct sales and service operation in Mexico, headed by Julian Robledo from the newly opened office in Mexico.

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