Self-adhesive label provider Eticom has chosen Xeikon’s 3300 narrow-web label press to extend its extensive portfolio of digital and flexo presses.

The new Xeikon 3300 features size and format capabilities currently unavailable with Eticom’s current presses.

Xeikon’s dry-toner electrophotography technology will now add to Eticon’s existing flexo and liquid ElectroInk printing technologies to expand its capacity and increase its offerings range.

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

Eticon owner Jesus Ramirez said: "Adding the Xeikon 3300 offers us a number of benefits. 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."

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The 19.2m/min (63ft/min) Xeikon 3300 has a variable web width ranging from 200mm (7.9 inches) up to 330mm (13 inches). The device can handle production volumes of up to 380m²/h.

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

Eticom also considered other decision criteria besides the web width, which included that the press meets FDA and food certification standards and that it delivers high-quality print due to the Xeikon QA-I dry toner technology.

Eticom specialises in self-adhesive labels for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries that require high-end labels.

The company has two facilities in Mexico City and Monterrey and operates with sixteen flexo presses and two high-end digital presses.