TriState Container Corporation acquires Xeikon Idera digital press

Idera will bring a sustainable packaging to the corrugated packaging industry

Xeikon's IDERA digital press
Xeikon's IDERA digital press

Xeikon and TriState Container Corporation announced that TriState has become the first print provider to acquire Idera, a brand-new digital printing solution for corrugated packaging converters. 

TriState Container Corporation is an independently owned third-generation manufacturer located in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. TriState provides various corrugated solutions from shipping containers to custom high graphic corrugated requirements through two divisions, TriState Container and ProCorr Display and Packaging.

Idera was created to bring easy, flexible, and sustainable packaging to the corrugated packaging industry. The Idera architecture and specifications provide speed, flexibility, and agility to corrugated converters, delivering new opportunities with customers and internal productivity gains to the converter.

To make this happen, Idera prints on coated and uncoated corrugated sheets up to 63 inches wide x 110 inches long enables variable printing speeds between 196 feet a minute and 393 feet a minute flexibility in terms of inline priming, varnishing and drying, and peripherals such as automatic pre-feeding and stacking.

Allen Friedman, President, TriState Container Corporation, commented, “I saw my first single-pass digital press in a corrugated converting operation about five years ago. What struck me was the potential impact this technology could have on addressing limitations of current analog technologies, and the requirements converters place on packaging buyers to maintain internal efficiency and cost.” 

“As an independent, we are always looking for how we can create greater value for our customer while building competitive advantage for ourselves. We believe the Idera digital press positions TriState to achieve both. We envision internal and external benefits for TriState. Internally, we can move jobs to the digital press that are better suited to digital technology. Externally, we see this as a perfect fit for customers with emerging or proliferating brands.”

“These types of jobs may be too small for flexo runs and too large for multi-pass. In the past, these brands were afraid of the associated time and costs when they wanted to improve print quality or make a design step change. Many have indicated a desire to change their order of behavior. We also see an opportunity to develop design capabilities for our customers.”

Friedman concluded with a statement, “We’re looking forward to promoting Idera’s high print quality to our customers and being able to print short and long runs with all the benefits of a digital print-on-demand solution, including reduced waste. Even more importantly, we have kicked off a long-term partnership with Xeikon as I believe they are one of the few providers with the competences, resources, and approach to succeed in the digital corrugated box market.”

To develop Idera, Xeikon combined its long-established in-house digital expertise with its parent company’s experience and manufacturing footprint, Flint Group. As the number one supplier of inks for corrugated packaging, Flint has a deep understanding of the corrugated market.

Sebastien Stabel, Market Segment Manager, Carton Packaging for Xeikon, notes that “Xeikon is, of course, excited about the digital potential in the corrugated market, but it’s critical to successfully implement this reference installation. Together with TriState, we have developed a business model as well as a technical solution to kick-off digital production.”

Stabel concludes, “Idera is backed up by Xeikon’s own food-compliant Idera at inks, industrial inkjet, and workflow know-how. We have worked closely with Flint Group, our partners, and most importantly our customers to customize hardware and ink sets to address the changing needs of the corrugated market in North America and Europe.”


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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