Xeikon first to confirm participation in Hunkeler Innovationdays 2022

First live exhibition to take place in Graphic Arts sector after the pandemic

Xeikon confirms its participation in Hunkeler Innovationdays 2022
Xeikon confirms its participation in Hunkeler Innovationdays 2022

Xeikon is one of the first companies to confirm its attendance at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2022. It will be the first live exhibition to take place in the Graphic Arts sector following the Covid-19 pandemic and the fourteenth edition of this prestigious and popular event. Focused on high-performance digital printing and finishing, this international print industry event is scheduled to be held in Switzerland at the Lucerne Exhibition Center from 21st to 24th February 2022, and it will be the 9th participation in a row for the company.

Dimitri Van Gaever, Market Segment Director for Graphic Arts, states, “During these past months, Xeikon has completed an important milestone by introducing its Sirius technology, the cornerstone of Xeikon’s new roll-fed duplex presses. With the successful commercialization of its next-generation dry toner technology stack, Xeikon is confirming its commitment to the graphic arts market. The company’s journey of full color, digital print production started more than 30 years ago, and Xeikon continues to innovate and bring to market advanced, added-value technologies and systems.”

The Xeikon SX30000 is the most productive full-color duplex press of the Sirius family, delivering up to 2,545 B2 sheets an hour (404ppm A4). Moreover, it is more versatile than sheet-fed options because of its complete rotary concept without fixed sheets or frame size. On the other hand, the Xeikon SX20000 is the entry-level press of the new line-up, which also offers leading EP performance but at a lower price point while still benefiting from all the technological developments of the flagship press.

Van Gaever states, “The Graphic Arts market has gone through a difficult time. However, we are now seeing a ‘bounce back’ and growing volumes. We are noticing that printers in these sectors are becoming more aware and open to increasing and optimizing their manufacturing processes. This is where digital printing and Xeikon’s Sirius technology can be their dependable cornerstone to facilitate their strategies. We know that seeing is believing, and with the return of Hunkeler Innovationdays, it will be a perfect opportunity for visitors to dive into our new production lines and understand the value they can offer to the challenges they face.”

Xeikon will showcase its latest digital print production solutions at the event

The company is dedicated to helping its customers improve business profitability and drive growth. Xeikon designs and develops cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable solutions that offer unique value propositions. At Hunkeler Innovationdays 2022, the company will showcase its latest digital print production solutions for the graphic arts markets that offer high OEE and best-in-class TCO. With company’s long-standing expertise, the company has developed a more profound understanding that helps its customers make suitable and appropriate choices. As a result, they are recognized globally as a ‘go-to’ trusted advisor and solutions provider.

Philipp Fritschi, Project manager of Innovationdays at Hunkeler, concludes, “Hunkeler Innovationdays is now a well-established gathering in the printing industry calendar. We are excited that, after an abnormal period brought about by the global pandemic, we will be able to physically bring the industry together in February 2022. Print is tangible, and this is a unique meeting place where the digital world becomes physical, and visitors gain an insight into the versatile scenarios with a high practical relevance. Industry owners, managing directors, management, and experts in high-performance digital printing will sit around a physical table, evaluate printed output and assess the latest developments in digital printing and finishing. We are delighted to welcome Xeikon to our 2022 event in beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland.”

For advice from Xeikon, please go to transform.xeikon.com, and for more information on other products and solutions from Xeikon, visit www.xeikon.com.

Get more Information about Hunkeler Innovationdays 2022, please visit www.innovationdays.com.


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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