Xeikon and EFI form strategic partnership for digital label printing

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) and Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, have announced that they’ve entered into an exclusive partnership involving the EFI Jetrion digital label and narrow-web inkjet printing systems. Under the partnership, Xeikon will service, support and supply the worldwide Jetrion customer base, and continue the direct sales of Jetrion digital label printing systems as part of the Xeikon portfolio of digital dry toner and UV inkjet presses for the self-adhesive label market.

Guy Gecht.
Guy Gecht.

“EFI Jetrion printing systems have helped to establish the market for industrial digital inkjet label production. And, the numerous innovations developed for high-resolution Jetrion technology – including high-end, production-class LED imaging, superior opaque white ink and true all-in-one integrated print, varnish, cut and slit systems – have given EFI Jetrion the largest installed base of UV inkjet label presses in the world,” said Guy Gecht, EFI CEO. “As we expand our portfolio of industrial inkjet products, we prioritized our go-to-market investment and resources. It was a clear choice for us to pick Xeikon, one of the undisputed leaders in digital label printing, as the ideal partner to continue a trustworthy sales and service operation for the Jetrion product line. Knowing that our label customers will be in excellent hands in this partnership, we’re looking forward to working closely with Xeikon to continue to provide ink for our current and future customers, as we look for opportunities to expand this partnership to productivity software and future innovation.”

Benoit Chatelard.
Benoit Chatelard.

Benoit Chatelard, President and CEO of Digital Solutions at the Flint Group, added: “Xeikon is the perfect partner to market, service and support the EFI Jetrion product line as both companies share a common goal of delivering exceptional value, unparalleled service, consistent quality and continuous innovation – values we’re committed to secure in the future for all Jetrion customers worldwide. Xeikon is a technology-agnostic solutions provider with almost 30 years of experience in digital printing. With over 500 digital label presses installed worldwide, we’re an acknowledged leader in the self-adhesive label market. Xeikon has the broadest digital label printing offering in the market – including workflow, presses, embellishment modules and converting equipment, and a worldwide service and support network that’s unparalleled in the label market. All our customers are fully trained, serviced and supported through direct, first-line contact with Xeikon engineers – and this will be no different for Jetrion customers.”

The EFI Jetrion 4900M UV Inkjet Label Press.
The EFI Jetrion 4900M UV Inkjet Label Press.

Digital label and narrow-web printing systems meet the growing demand for shorter runs, versioning, faster turnarounds and inventory reduction – while increasing customers’ margin potential on short-run label quantities of 100 or less, up to runs of 50,000 or more. Jetrion users will benefit from superior customer care focused on advanced digital production operations, thanks to a strong Xeikon field presence with more than 100 dedicated service and support personnel worldwide, said Xeikon. As part of the exclusive partnership, the Jetrion product line will complement Xeikon’s digital label press portfolio – which includes the high-end Xeikon Cheetah Series and entry-level Xeikon 3000 Series of dry toner label presses, as well as the high-end Xeikon Panther Series of UV inkjet label presses.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.