Xeikon will print live on in-mold (IML) suite, which they will also launch, at K-Messe, taking place from 16-23 October 2013. It will also highlight the value of each decoration method in combination with digital printing. K-Messe will also mark the launch of a suite of components to build a solution for thick wall plastic containers decorated with IML. 

Xeikon will also showcase the Xeikon 3050 digital press and a broad range of solutions for short run plastic decoration printing at the trade show.

This Xeikon IML Suite consists of digital presses, substrates, software tools and finishing hardware. The digital printer can make decoration affordable for smaller runs: it brings the fastest time-to-market and it has the highest print quality. 

Filip Weymans Director Segment Marketing Labels and Packaging at Xeikon said, Xeikon invented digital printing 20 years ago and today we are a very clear top 3 player in digital label and packaging printing. In the past years we have developed several decorating technologies for plastic containers and we know that industry is ready for it. We have customers using this process in production lines since 2008; some of these customers have multiple Xeikon digital presses only for the decoration of pails. 

The press comprises of heat transfer technique, and designs are digitally printed on a substrate with a release coating. In a second step, a printed image can be transferred onto a plastic object with an applicator. Has a top printing quality and it has the advantage over IML that the decoration is done later in the supply chain, leaving more logistical flexibility and a significant reduction in inventory costs.