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Xeikon Café 2018 to showcase start to finish digital production

Almost 40 industry suppliers will demonstrate creative label and packaging applications with real business impact.

Happening next week from 20 to 23 March, Xeikon Café 2018 will be featuring nearly 40 leading industry suppliers who will be showing live demonstrations of a comprehensive range of creative label & packaging applications.

These demos aim to add a practical, real-life dimension to the concepts and ideas discussed during the technical Academy sessions and Conference presentations. The applications are the result of industry suppliers integrating solutions, in order to help visitors understand true end-to-end digital production and visualise how digital technologies could impact their businesses.

“Xeikon Café is the only industry event, where complete end-to-end digital production is demonstrated live,” said Danny Mertens of Xeikon Café. “The nearly 40 suppliers exhibiting at the event are leaders in their respective field – including software, print media, consumables, digital printing and finishing solutions. They will not, however, simply show their own products, but by working together demonstrate what can be achieved by fully integrating solutions for label and packaging production.”

The demonstrations will cover the packaging decoration techniques most commonly used in today’s label and packaging industry: wet-glue, self-adhesive labelling, in-mould & blow-mould, folding carton, wraparound labels and heat transfer labels.

According to Xeikon Café, the following top six applications will have the most potential to positively impact businesses by bringing new opportunities from digital production: Self-adhesive labels, craft beer; self-adhesive labels, premium beer; Food services, paper cups; In-mould, food containers; Wet-glue labels, wine & spirits; Peel & Reveal, chemicals.

“Our aim is to be an open and objective industry event. Everyone with an interest in digital production is invited to attend, no matter the segment they are active in. We will be showing applications for food, pharma, household, beverages, health & beauty, amongst others,” Mertens said.

“We strive to be as technology agnostic as possible. Our focus is very much on creating a setting that educates and inspires people, in line with our theme ‘Learn. Connect. Discover’. Visitors should come away from the event with concrete ideas as to how they might benefit from implementing new packaging applications in their own businesses.”

Full details of the Xeikon Café 2018 programme, including the applications, Conference presentations and technical sessions at the Academy, are available at


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