Currently Xeikon runs a customer engagement program that provides key users the ability to give input into requirements for the upcoming product. Xeikon has a short list for beta sites so far and after this summer Xeikon will conclude where the beta test will take place, adding that the first sites will be in Europe. The field test will start in the first quarter of 2014 and devices will be tested for about six months. Afterwards there will be a full launch, possibly by the end of 2014. Top candidates for a Trillium based printers are users with three (or more) top of the line Xeikon 8000 printers. Coincidentally three 8800 printers with a speed of up 260 ppm have the same output as the proposed Trillium-based printer. Xeikon already announced that users can buy 8800 printers today and get them exchanged for a Trillium printer when it becomes available. Hardware pricing is expected to be comparable to three 8800 printer which would put the price at around $3 million.
Trillium is not going to replace the current portfolio of dry toner devices – not even the 8000 Series models for document printing. According to Xeikon these will remain the models of choice for users with lower volume needs. The Trillium product is billed for 5 million A3 impressions per month as targeted volume and a duty cycle in the 30 million A4/month range.
Xeikon is active in packaging and label printers as well. The first Trillium products will be targeted at document printing, but future label & packaging applications are possible. For the time being Xeikon wants to focus on document printing first where it sees bigger opportunities. Also substrates for label & packaging are far more demanding.
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