Print Business and Xeikon Cafe 2018

Print Business joined forced with Xeikon for the Xeikon Café event on 20-23 March 2018.

Forward thinking print companies whose expertise lies in labels and packaging, as well as those who are considering adding labels and packaging to their commercial repertoire, will already be familiar with the Xeikon Café event.

This year Print Business joined forces with Xeikon Café, not only to support this fourth outing of this highly informative event, but also to contribute to the content of the programme.

Packaging and labels are thriving and diverse sectors, rapidly changing and full of potential. There is always something to learn, even for those who remember the excitement of installing their first modern flexo press towards the end of the 20th century.

Print Business editor Gareth Ward was present at the Xeikon Café. Although more associated with commercial print, Print Business has always reported on the innovations in the packaging and labels sectors and is launching a packaging website this spring, aimed at short run work. Regular readers will be aware of the labels and packaging themed issues, featuring companies such as Qualvis on the cover.

The Xeikon Café took place in at Xeikon’s HQ in Lier, Belgium, on 20-23 March* and delegates will stay in nearby Antwerp. It comprises an exhibition of Xeikon digital presses with related equipment from a range of partners and a packed conference programme in the impressive auditorium.

Close to 1,000 printers, converters and suppliers attended over the course of the event. The subject matter is diverse and there is plenty for everyone: folding cartons, blow mould labelling, pharmaceutical leaflets, flexible pouches, direct thermal labels, commercial print and all points in between. The subjects were laid out in detail under the About The Event section of Xeikon.com website.

The programme of the conference was equally compelling. Gareth Ward will examine the developing demand for digital packaging, along with the opportunities and the barriers for both labels and packaging printers and those entering the market.

Alongside the presentations by industry experts there were workshops from some of the many partners of the Xeikon Café. These encompass the digital production of labels, packaging and commercial print.

For the forward thinking printer who wants to get the most out of digital processes, Xeikon Café is the event of the year.

*The dedicated Print Business dates are 20 & 21 March.

Keynote Speakers: Brands

Tuesday 20 March
AB-INBEV
Johan Van de Velde illustrated how digital printing can meet brand requirements perfectly by presenting details of a promotional campaign conducted for Tomorrowland, a huge dance festival for which AB-InBev produced limited edition beer cans with a variety of designs. He provided insights into the challenges this project presented and how digital helped overcome those.

Wednesday 21 March
MONDELZ INTERNATIONAL
Patrick Poitevin continually explores the challenges of digital printing on new materials. He shared examples of popular personalised campaigns for the likes of Cadbury, Milka and Toblerone, as well as his thoughts on the future of digital production and how to continue to profitably address changing market demands.

Thursday 22 March
NOM NOMS WORLD FOOD
Founder, CEO and food lover Lisa Sohanpal shared her brand story, including how she revolutionised the ready meals market and achieved award winning packaging designs. Her philosophy is that innovative packaging engages customers; and she will describe her ongoing search for future innovations to take her packaging designs to an even more innovative level.

Keynote Speakers: Printers

Tuesday 20 March
ALTRIF LABEL
Early adopter Altrif Label has been using digital print technology for almost 30 years. Today the company still uses a variety of digital presses next to its conventional production, and is frequently a beta site for new product releases. Niko Dhondt shared the company’s business story, focusing on how digital has helped drive success and how he sees the future of digital printing technology evolving.

Wednesday 21 March
LIMO LABEL
Technical advisor Carsten Stahl Hansen focused on how Limo Label implements complementary digital label printing technologies – dry toner and UV inkjet – to benefit its business. He will explain how digital printing helps them remain successful and differentiate themselves in the market; and he shed light on how to choose the most suitable technology for a given project.

Thursday 22 March
PRINGRAF – PACKLY
Giuseppe Prioriello shared his company’s story, in particular regarding its proprietary web to print workflow, Packly, a complete online packaging solution for creating die cuts, ordering 3D mock ups and printing high quality personalised packages. It is a perfect example of how integration, automation, web to print and digital finishing can take packaging businesses to the next level.

Partners List

  • ABG International
  • Argos Solutions
  • Advanced Track & Trace
  • Avery Dennison
  • AVT
  • Brotech
  • Cartes
  • Cerm
  • Esko
  • FlexCon
  • Flint Group
  • GM
  • Grafotronic
  • Hybrid Software
  • Iggesund
  • Kurz
  • Labeltraxx
  • Lake Image
  • Meech
  • MetsäBoard
  • MGI
  • Michelman
  • Rietstack
  • SEI Laser
  • Smag Graphique
  • StoraEnso
  • ThermoFlex
  • TreoFan
  • VIGC
  • Wink
  • Yupo
  • Zanders the Papermakers
  • Zund

    • Plus a selection of dedicated brand owners and design agencies.

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    Xeikon Cafe Academy 2018

    Xeikon Cafe Academy 2018

    The new Academy will be a mix of workshops and presentations. The interactive workshops will be designed to help attendees acquire knowledge and make the right decisions for their businesses.

    Going beyond product specifications, the workshops will cover topics related to Food Safety, Automation, Exploring the Creativity of Digital, Saving on Cost and Print Technologies.

    The presentations in the Academy will focus on the main packaging decoration techniques available today, while covering all aspects of digital production – from workflow, print media and print engines to consumables and finishing equipment.

    Attendees can choose from a range of topics, including self adhesive, heat transfer, wet glue, flexible packaging, among others, and attend the sessions most relevant for their business.

    Each presentation is concluded with a technology demonstration in the exhibition area of the Xeikon Café, making it highly practical and hands on.

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    Xeikon Café 2018 details

    Xeikon Café 2018 details

    The Xeikon Café is an established event in the mould of Hunkeler Innovation Days. Label printers, packaging printers and commercial printers will all find new and pertinent information on how to make the most of digital print, both practically and for better business.

    Print Business has teamed up with Xeikon to bring delegates an extra dimension to an excellent event. Editor Gareth Ward will be on hand on 20 & 21 March to give UK visitors introductions and summaries of each day’s proceedings and be on hand to give impartial advice throughout both days.

    Delegates will be provided with • Flights • Airport transfer • Hotel reservation* • Shuttle between Antwerp and Lier • Refreshments during the event • Dinner • Social itinerary • Visit to the Xeikon toner ink plant.
    * Delegates are responsible for hotel expenses. A single room at the Crowne Plaza Antwerp booked with Xeikon is €125.

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    After hours

    After hours

    After a day of information gathering and networking, what better way to relax than to take advantage of Belgium’s reputation for beer? A visit to Brewery Duvel is available to Xeikon Café delegates.

    The trip comprises a session with one of Duvel’s beer sommelier who will explain about each beer as it is sampled, and guests will take away a gift.

    The brewery trip is optional and with the compliments of Xeikon.

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    Hotel booking

    Hotel booking

    Delegates are responsible for their own hotel accommodation. This is the only aspect of the event that is not covered by the host, but Xeikon has secured a special rate at the Crowne Plaza Antwerp. There is choice of a standard room at €119 per night or a superior room at €134 per night.

    To book a room, please email reservations@cpantwerp.com and quote “Xeikon Café” for the preferential rate.

    Please note that rooms are limited so book early for the best available options.

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    Keynote speakers: Brands

    Keynote speakers: Brands

    Tuesday 20 March
    AB-InBev
    Johan Van de Velde (left) will illustrate how digital printing can meet brand requirements perfectly by presenting details of a promotional campaign conducted for Tomorrowland, a huge dance festival for which AB-InBev produced limited edition beer cans with a variety of designs. He will provide insights into the challenges this project presented and how digital helped overcome those.

    Wednesday 21 March
    Mondelz International
    Patrick Poitevin (centre) continually explores the challenges of digital printing on new materials. He will share examples of popular personalised campaigns for the likes of Cadbury, Milka and Toblerone, as well as his thoughts on the future of digital production and how to continue to profitably address changing market demands.

    Thursday 22 March
    Nom Noms World Food
    Founder, CEO and food lover Lisa Sohanpal (right) will share her brand story, including how she revolutionised the ready meals market and achieved award winning packaging designs. Her philosophy is that innovative packaging engages customers; and she will describe her ongoing search for future innovations to take her packaging designs to an even more innovative level.

    Register

    Register for Xeikon Café 2018 – Register by 20 February for best choice of options

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    Keynote speakers: Printers

    Keynote speakers: Printers

    Tuesday 20 March
    Altrif Label
    Early adopter Altrif Label has been using digital print technology for almost 30 years. Today the company still uses a variety of digital presses next to its conventional production, and is frequently a beta site for new product releases. Niko Dhondt (left) will share the company’s business story, focusing on how digital has helped drive success and how he sees the future of digital printing technology evolving.

    Wednesday 21 March
    Limo Labels
    Technical advisor Carsten Stahl Hansen will focus on how Limo Labels implements complementary digital label printing technologies – dry toner and UV inkjet – to benefit its business. He will explain how digital printing helps them remain successful and differentiate themselves in the market; and he will shed light on how to choose the most suitable technology for a given project.

    Thursday 22 March
    Pringraf – Packly
    Giuseppe Prioriello will share his company’s story, in particular regarding its proprietary web to print workflow, Packly, a complete online packaging solution for creating die cuts, ordering 3D mock ups and printing high quality personalised packages. It is a perfect example of how integration, automation, web to print and digital finishing can take packaging businesses to the next level.

    Register

    Register for Xeikon Café 2018 – Register by 20 February for best choice of options

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