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Xeikon and Flint eye packaging with IDERA

Xeikon and the Flint Group have jointly announced the launch of IDERA, a new digital solutions platform for corrugated packaging converters.

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IDERA aims to deliver higher print quality than flexography technology

IDERA will deliver higher print quality than flexography, according to Xeikon, and also enable printing of both short and long runs with all the benefits of a digital print-on-demand solution.

One of the cornerstones of the new platform is a post-print, single-pass press that uses certified food-safe water-based inks on both coated and uncoated corrugated sheets up to 1.6 m wide and 2.8 m long, at up to 150 linear m/min.

“It is no secret that we are seeing rapid changes in the behavioural patterns of consumers, brands and retailers,” Xeikon’s market segment manager carton packaging, Sebastien Stabel, says.

“The exponential growth of e-commerce and the increasing pressure on sustainability are underlying forces that drive creative innovation in the digitisation of packaging to higher levels of productivity.

It is no secret that we are seeing rapid changes in the behavioural patterns of consumers, brands and retailers

“Ever rising consumer expectations for instant, unique and entertaining products continue to set the bar higher within the supply chain for decreased lead times and even faster delivery.”

Flint Group, the parent company of Xeikon, called on its immense experience and manufacturing footprint to help develop the solution. Flint is a leading supplier of inks for corrugated packaging and has a deep understanding of the corrugated market.

“We are working closely with Flint Group, our partners, and most importantly our customers, to customise the software, hardware and ink sets and address more closely the needs of the corrugated market in Europe and North America,” Stabel says, adding: “At the same time, we add our digital expertise to what is already a solid base product.”

Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s vice president of marketing, adds: “We are excited to be bringing Xeikon and Flint Group knowledge and expertise to the corrugated market with IDERA and our broad range of consulting and advisory services.”

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