24 Feb 2015

CS Labels moves into the ‘Fast Lane’ with new Xeikon Cheetah Digital Press

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CS Labels moves into the ‘Fast Lane’ with new Xeikon Cheetah Digital Press

The award winning digital printer is selected to be one of the first pilot sites of the groundbreaking Xeikon Cheetah press, which runs almost 60% faster and increases their capacity yet again, this time by a third.

Download images:  The New Machine (1) | The New Machine (2) | MD Simon Smith

Willenhall, West Midlands, 24th February 2015 – Award winning CS Labels today announced the upcoming arrival of a brand new digital label press, the Xeikon Cheetah. The press, being installed in March, is the most important advancement in digital print in 15 years and CS Labels has been selected as one of the UK pilot sites for the groundbreaking technology.

CS Labels are Europe’s largest printer to using Xeikon technology. The arrival of the Cheetah was welcomed as it will provide much needed extra capacity, increasing it by another third since their last announcement just six months ago. They now boast five leading edge Xeikon digital presses and have celebrated yet another year of record turnover and profitability.

The Xeikon Cheetah press is one of the fastest around with a printing speed of 30 metres per minute giving a maximum printed output of 594sqm/hr. It is 56% more productive than any other printer in the Xeikon portfolio operating full rotary printing in CYMK and white making it the most efficient digital press in its class.
Simon Smith, Managing Director, said: “I am delighted we have been selected to pioneer this technology and integrate it into our production portfolio. Over the past few years we have led the way when it comes to helping companies make the switch from traditional flexographic printing to digital, and this technology means that we can make even bigger inroads into a rapidly growing marketplace and changing landscape.
In our view digital hasn’t been seen as short run/high cost for some time now, quite simply those using flexographic printing methods are already making the switch and this opens up opportunities even further, for example in the FMCG arena. We have seen a real growth in demand for larger print runs, culminating with an order for 50,000 linear meters at the end of December 2014 which ended our next record breaking year on another high. The larger end clients are now au fait with what’s possible and this gives them even more confidence. Quite simply the technology will enable us to cope with increased demand and continue to deliver jobs quickly and accurately.”

CS Labels have consistently remained at the forefront of technology, and the Xeikon Cheetah will enable them to provide longer print runs as well as free up capacity. As regards other innovation the company is also now progressing its new product development offerings in the flexible packaging arena, in-line moulding and heat transfer printing. Further in-depth details will be announced at the Label and Print show tomorrow (details below).
The toner used on the Cheetah press derives from Xeikon’s ICE dry toner technology which is already used by CS Labels on their other presses. ICE is has many benefits, it works on heat sensitive substrates such as PE (Polyethylene) and Direct Thermal Labels and meets FDA regulations for food contact.

Filip Weymans, Director Segment Marketing Labels and Packaging at Xeikon said: “Selecting CS Labels as a flagship site was an easy decision. Their thought leadership and brave commitment to digital printing and packaging continues to pay off and I am pleased they are alongside us as we move into the next stage of the industry revolution”.
CS Labels are on stand K7 at the Label & Print Show (co-located with the Packaging Innovations Show and Em Pack) taking place at the Birmingham NEC, UK, tomorrow (25/26 February 2015).
ENDS

For all press enquiries please contact Alison Wileman, Interactive Marketer,alison@alisonwileman.co.uk tel: 07981 300531

About CS labels
CS Labels Ltd is a true world class leader for digital self-adhesive labels and packaging. The largest digital label printer in Europe using Xeikon technology, Award winning CS labels works with organisations of all sizes from large global FMCG, Pharmaceutical and Chemical companies to SME’s and start-up niche businesses in Food and Drink. Family owned and run since 1976, CS Labels employs 40 people and is based in Willenhall, West Midlands, United Kingdom.

www.cslabels.co.uk

Telephone: 01902 365840
Email: sales@cslabels.co.uk

CS Labels Limited
Unit D Bay 2
Willenhall Trading Estate
Midacre
West Midlands
United Kingdom
WV13 2JW

ABOUT THE XEIKON CHEETAH: FASTEST DIGITAL LABEL PRINTING ANIMAL IN ITS CLASS

The Xeikon Cheetah has a top speed of 30 m/min (98 ft/min), 56% faster than any other model in its current press portfolio. The 1200 x 3600 dpi digital press is dedicated solely to the production of self-adhesive/pressure sensitive labels. It offers all the renowned benefits that make the Xeikon 3000 Series unique, including the use of dry toners that meet FDA regulations for food contact and the ability to print opaque white toner in one pass. It also enables printing on a variety of heat-sensitive substrates due to incorporation of Xeikon’s ICE toner technology which requires a much lower fusing temperature than typical toner-based presses. Xeikon presses are based on dry toner electro-photography. This enables the use of conventional substrates that do not have to be pre-treated. Extremely high toner light-fastness and truly eco-friendly printing (no VOCs) are some of the other industry leading features of the Xeikon presses for digital label and package printing. The presses offer easy integration of third-party workflow software and converting/finishing solutions and incorporate professional color management capabilities. In addition to the standard CMYK + White, the fifth station on the Xeikon Cheetah can be used to print gamut expansion colors or security toner. Media weights range from 40 gsm to 350 gsm. For more information, visit www.xeikon.com/en/cheetah.

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23 Feb 2015

CS Labels Extends Digital Offering to Flexible Packaging

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CS Labels Extends Digital Offering to Flexible Packaging

The digital label leader makes waves in the food, beverage and cosmetics markets as it announces it is to offer digitally printed sachets and pouches using Xeikon technology.

Download images:  Digital pouch | Digital sachet | Simon Smith

Willenhall, West Midlands, 23rd February 2015 – CS Labels today said they have expanded into the digital flexible packaging market, offering digitally printed sachets and pouches using groundbreaking technology.

After months of extensive product development and testing, the Willenhall based company have created a product offering which enables clients to utilise the powerful benefits of digital printing on sachets and pouches. The products, which can also offer compliance with food regulations, have already been snapped up by a number of clients including a major online home-delivery food brand who will utilise the fast, accurate and high quality technology that digital offers, as well as taking advantage of the plate-free printing process which enables clients to order different varieties and versions without incurring penalties.

CS Labels are known mainly as being a European leader in digital labels. They are expanding their reach into new markets as part of their aggressive growth plans and already announced their foray into the digital transfer market just a few days ago. Their MD Simon Smith is known as a thought leader in the print industry, and 2015 has proven to be their most innovative year yet from a product development point of view.

He said: “This development is yet another giant leap for digital print as well as CS Labels. When I made the decision to focus solely on digital some years ago, and move away from traditional print methods, I had a vision that we’d be much more than just labels. Quite simply digital is offering a power and flexibility that other methods just cannot. The major food and cosmetics companies that we are working with are amazed at what’s possible and they only have to come and talk to us to find out more. When they share their ideas about branding, loyalty and efficiency within packaging campaigns, we are pleased that we can delight them with what we can do with digital. The advent of this new line means we can now expand that offering to an even wider range of packaged products”.

The pouch and sachet market is traditionally tied to volumes in excess of 3,000 linear metres. Conversely, the digitally printed tri-laminate pouches printed by CS Labels offers flexibility never experienced before with the ability to order short runs starting from just 1,000 linear metres – clients no longer have to order more than they need. Multiple sorts within a common size are a regular requirement in the pouch and sachet market and CS Labels can offer these sorts with no expensive plate costs and a delivery time that current users will appreciate.
CS Labels offering is high quality digital print onto a specified substrate, which is then sealed and pressure tested. Marketers can enjoy less stock holding and much more flexibility when it comes to campaigns, promotions, versioning, personalisation, limited editions and the ability to process very small runs if required. Lead times are short in comparison to traditional methods.

The news comes ahead of a major announcement by the company tomorrow, 24th February, one day before they exhibit at a major Packaging show; CS Labels will be on stand K7 at the Label & Print Show (co-located with the Packaging Innovations Show and Em Pack) taking place at the Birmingham NEC, UK, on 25/26 February 2015).
ENDS

For all press enquiries please contact Alison Wileman, Interactive Marketer,alison@alisonwileman.co.uk tel: 07981 300531

About CS labels
CS Labels Ltd is a true world class leader for digital self-adhesive labels and packaging. The largest digital label printer in Europe using Xeikon technology, Award winning CS labels works with organisations of all sizes from large global FMCG, Pharmaceutical and Chemical companies to SME’s and start-up niche businesses in Food and Drink. Family owned and run since 1976, CS Labels employs 40 people and is based in Willenhall, West Midlands, United Kingdom.

www.cslabels.co.uk

Telephone: 01902 365840

Email: sales@cslabels.co.uk

CS Labels Limited
Unit D Bay 2
Willenhall Trading Estate
Midacre
West Midlands
United Kingdom
WV13 2JW

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