Thunderbolt will showcase the first Xeikon 3000 Series digital label press in Africa, as well as a range of solutions, at Propak Africa 2013, taking place from 12-15 March at NASREC, Johannesburg.
The Xeikon 3030 is the entry level press in the Xeikon 3000 Series. The range consists of five different digital presses designed for the label and packaging market.  This will be the first demonstration of one the Xeikon 3000 Series presses at a major industry event in Africa.
The dry toner technology, provides a food-approved solution, and Xeikon’s unique full rotary printing technology are two of the cornerstones of the Xeikon 3000 Series. They enable printing on a wide range of self adhesive labels, folding carton boxes, heat transfer labels for promotional product and plastic containers, border and banner printing and Inmold labels.
The Xeikon 3030 is capable of printing on an unrivalled range of substrates, including various self-adhesive materials including co-extruded films, Bopp, PVC and PET, paperboards, and paper – with weights ranging from 40 to 350 gsm, as well as transparent and opaque PET films. The output is available within a few minutes of receiving a PDF print file.
Filip Weymans, Xeikon Director, said Xeikon’s live demonstration of the Xeikon 3030 at Propak will enable Southern Africa’s label converters to get up close and personal with this world-class, digital label printing solution.
Thunderbolt will also be demonstrating basysPrints single cassette 865VF UV-Setter at ProPak, which offers customers the choice of exposure resolutions of 1500dpi or 2400dpi. Visitors will see how the unique flatbed design enables digital imaging of a wide variety of plate sizes while dual plate loading offers production speeds of up to 145 plates per hour.
A key feature of the 860 Series is the modular design: customers can start with the basic manual version and easily upgrade to either a semi-automatic or fully-automatic model depending on their needs and demands. Other features include the unique Dynamic Autofocus system that handles plate undulation – even for substrate thicknesses up to 10mm – and a new remote monitoring system allowing management and control via smart phones or tablet-type devices. The UV-Setters deliver increased flexibility and enable additional revenue streams to be generated.
Vincent Van Horenbeeck, Area Manager Middle East & Africa, said, As well as imaging UV plates for offset printing, the UV platesetters have a wide range of uses from imaging coating plates for spot varnish printing to all kinds of screen printing applications and even image dies for flexible die-cutting. 
Thunderbolt will also be hosting Muller Martini’s package printing expert, Karl-Heinz Thiele, who will be on the stand daily to discuss various print samples on a number of substrates showcasing Muller Martini’s impressive Variable Sleeve Offset Printing (VSOP) mini web press.