Xeikon to unveil dry toner campaign at Hunkeler Innovation Days 2019

New technology to enhance dry toner productivity and quality

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Hunkeler Innovation Days 2019 will be held at Messe Lucerne, 25 - 28 February.

A division of Flint Group and a leader in digital color printing technology, Xeikon will launch ‘The Power of Dry Toner’ campaign at Hunkeler Innovation Days 2019, Messe Lucerne, 25 – 28 February. It is noteworthy that in 2015, Xeikon joined Flint Group to create a new ‘Digital Printing Solutions’ division for the leading global print consumables and solution provider to the print and packaging industry. Xeikon’s latest move will likely to leverage the sale volume of the company’s consumables as HID 2019 is an important global event for the participants.

“Our power of dry toner campaign combines all facets of our operation to reinforce the positioning of our dry toner technology,” explains Dimitri Van Gaever, market segment manager at Xeikon. “Our customers are looking for high quality solutions that are very productive on all types and weights of stocks. We also see them increasing volumes, and inkjet isn’t able to produce these applications at the required quality levels.”

Xeikon is working on new toner, fusing, conditioning assembly and image quality technology developments. They deliver greater productivity, even higher quality and a wider application range on Xeikon’s duplex dry toner platforms for graphic arts and commercial print.

Van Gaever further said, “We are excited to share details of these with HID2019 visitors and how, together, they ensure a compelling total cost of ownership.”

Xeikon states that dry toner is the most sustainable digital print technology. It is complementary to high speed inkjet while offering the highest availability in the market place.

“It is the technology of choice for a set of high value, highly profitable applications where Xeikon technology excels and this helps ‘mid-range’ customers to become or remain successful. It is also a clear alternative for high risk investments that force companies into a relentless race to find ever increasing volumes and produce these at breakneck speeds, driving down prices and margins of ‘more of the same’ commoditized print products”, said Van Gaever.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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