UK label specialist Labelpower, based in Kingsbury, London, has purchased its first digital press - a Xeikon 330. The 22-year-old business has moved into digital because of market demands for short-run, high-quality labels.
Labelpower produces high volumes of labels for most of the UK's major supermarket chains and specialist food companies and sees digital as having the potential to open up new markets.
The business is also investigating the potential for variable data use with the label sector. Variable barcodes, individually numbered products and security codes are all possible areas of interest according to customers.
Since the Xeikon installation the company has also uncovered one other major benefit of the machine - the ease of producing press proofs. Labelpower can produce a proof on the machine very quickly and very easily.
The web-fed Xeikon 330 is able to print on label stock, paper and synthetic media in widths up to 330mm and weights up to 250gsm.
The variable data capability of the X-800 digital front-end means that files can incorporate regular changes in image.
The digital press comes complete with post press equipment suitable for varnishing, laminating, cutting, slitting and re-reeling.