Eede, the Netherlands, January 09, 2019 – Xeikon, a market leader in digital colour printing technology for the labels and packaging as well as the graphic arts printing industry and a subsidiary of the Flint Group, today reported that it has qualified Ahlstrom-Munksjö WALLSTAR DIGITAL® nonwoven wallcovering media for use on Xeikon digital presses as part of the alliance between the two companies.
WALLSTAR DIGITAL® nonwoven wallpapers have been specifically developed for digital printing technologies, they guarantee excellent homogeneous print results and are also PVC-free. The range features smooth, structured, coated and non-coated substrates, from 110gsm to 180gsm, that ensure very easy handling and excellent dry stripability. Ahlstrom-Munksjö also reports high customer satisfaction, especially regarding the soft-touch feeling.
The latest addition, the BR9708, is the only matt fibrous option on the market. It opens up a whole range of new applications and design opportunities for Xeikon customers and prospects.
Xeikon Wall Decoration Suite
The long standing cooperation between Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Xeikon intensified last year when the non-woven manufacturer and printing specialist worked together to qualify a range of papers for Xeikon presses. This includes Xeikon’s Wall-Decoration Suite. It enables cost-efficient production of high-quality wall decoration for commercial, retail and residential purposes. It consists of five major components: a Xeikon Digital Press, a dedicated workflow, application-specific toners, process optimization tools and pre- and post-press solutions.
Xeikon’s Success in Wall Decoration
“We have seen an excellent 2018 performance of our Wall Decoration segment, both in terms of production volumes at our existing customers and new installations of Xeikon production lines in the field,” says Dimitri Van Gaever, Business Development Manager, Xeikon.
“We are pleased to be adding the WALLSTAR DIGITAL® media to our catalogue of qualified wallcovering substrates. The BR9708 grade from Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a textured high quality grade. We were impressed by its luxurious, textile-like appearance and its natural, esthetic and fibrous tactile touch. We expect to see good market uptake of this exceptional wallcovering substrate, especially with the growing demand for customized interior décor solutions, both among interior decorators and consumers.”
On show at Heimtextil 2019
Both Xeikon and Ahlstrom-Munksjö are displaying their expertise and products this week at Heimtextil January 8 to 11, 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany. Xeikon will be located in Hall 3.0 booth J65.
For further information about the use of WALLSTAR DIGITAL® media with Xeikon digital presses and the Xeikon Wallcovering Suite, visit www.ahlstrom-munksjo.com and Xeikon’s Printmedia website www.printmedia.xeikon.com.
For information about Xeikon solutions for digital printing of home décor and other applications, visit www.xeikon.com/en/services-solutions/wall-decoration-suite
Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in fiber-based materials, supplying innovative and sustainable solutions to customers worldwide. Offerings include decor paper, filter media, release liners, abrasive backings, nonwovens, electrotechnical paper, glass fiber materials, food packaging and labeling, tape, medical fiber materials and solutions for diagnostics.
8,000 employees strong, Ahlstrom-Munksjö represents a combined annual net sales of about EUR 3 billion.
The Ahlstrom-Munksjö share is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and Stockholm. The company was formed on April 1, 2017 through the merger of Ahlstrom Corporation and Munksjö Oyj.
For more information visit www.ahlstrom-munksjo.com
Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, is a long-standing leader and innovator in digital printing technology. Grounded in the principles of quality, flexibility and sustainability, Xeikon designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital colour presses for label and packaging applications, document printing, and commercial printing. These presses utilise different imaging technologies, open workflow software and application-specific consumables.
As an OEM supplier, Xeikon also designs and produces plate makers for newspaper printing applications. In addition, Xeikon manufactures basysPrint computer-to-conventional plate (CtCP) solutions for the commercial offset printing market. For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name. ThermoFlexX systems provide high-resolution plate exposure combined with unique plate handling, flexibility and unmatched productivity
In 2015, Xeikon joined Flint Group to create a new “Digital Printing Solutions” division for the leading global print consumables and solution provider to the packaging and print media industries. Flint Group develops and manufactures an extensive portfolio of printing consumables. These include a vast range of conventional and energy-curable inks and coatings, pressroom chemicals, printing plates and equipment, printing blankets and sleeves, and pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves.