Xeikon NV, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced that it is sponsoring two sustainability initiatives at Labelexpo Americas 2012, underscoring the company's leadership in the development of eco-friendly technology and eco-responsible manufacturing.
Labelexpo Americas, which is the world's largest event for the label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry, is being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, Sept. 11-13.
Xeikon will host a press conference on Sept. 11, from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. CT, at the Labelexpo Americas press office, to explain the new product offerings and technologies being showcased. Labelexpo Americas, located at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, is the nation's largest event for the label, product decoration, web printing and converting industry. Xeikon will be exhibiting at Booth 6135, Hall F.
The two Xeikon-sponsored sustainability initiatives at the event are:
• Ecovillage: Xeikon is a "Gold" sponsor of Ecovillage, an initiative to collect the waste matrix and finished rolls from live demonstrations happening at the show, and converting them to fuel pellets. Within the Ecovillage area, a group of exhibitors, including Xeikon, will display technologies and products that enable more environmentally-friendly label printing. In addition, there will be two educational panel sessions focused on environmental sustainability in the Ecovillage area. A panel discussion titled "Turning Waste into energy" is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT on Sept. 11, in the Ecovillage area. Another panel, titled "Creating value by reducing waste across the PS value chain," will take place Sept. 12, at 2:00 p.m. CT, in stream 3.
• Global Green Awards: Xeikon is sponsoring the 3rd annual Global Green Awards competition among label manufacturing suppliers, which will be presented at Labelexpo. The competition seeks submissions from companies that examine how label converters can minimize the environmental impact of their business.
Xeikon will also be demonstrating technologies, products and solutions for digital label production at Booth 6135, Hall F.
"Increasingly, brand owners are looking for printing innovations that make packaging and label production more environmentally sustainable, and many label printers are facing a customer mandate to be more green in the way they do business ," said Michael V. Ring, President of Xeikon America, Inc. and Vice President of WW Marketing, "At Xeikon, sustainability isn't just a peripheral activity, it's embedded in our company, from the minimized environmental impact of our products, to the reduction of waste by enabling our customers to print only what they need. The initiatives we're sponsoring are further confirmations of our leadership on this topic."
Xeikon has been consistently making efforts to be a more sustainable company. All of its plants comply with the EU WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive to reduce waste, and energy consumption at its Heultje, Belgium toner plant has been considerably reduced by reusing heat recovered from the manufacturing process to heat the building. In addition, Xeikon presses consume less energy and less process water compared to traditional offset presses.