IML Labels goes digital with Xeikon.

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* The latest company to invest in Xeikon s digital printing technology is IML Labels. The company is based just north of Montreal, Canada and has added a Xeikon 3500 digital color press to complement its offset presses.

"Our customers are spread throughout North America and about 75% of them are involved in the food business," says owner Donald Caron, who founded IML Labels in 2007. "As a result, it was very important to us that the Xeikon toner is FDA-compliant for food contact and does not contain mineral oil. In addition, color matching with our offset presses is so accurate that we can mix both processes within the same job."

IML Labels has grown rapidly since its formation and today it employs more than 50 people. The company provides a comprehensive "one-stop shop" service including pre-press, overprinting and finishing in order to create high-quality, ready-to-mold labels. Typical end products are ice cream containers, yogurt pots and butter tubs. IML Labels' client base includes molders and direct customers, many of whom are leading names in the food sector, as well as pharmaceutical, industrial and souvenir industries.

"We are being asked frequently to provide mock-ups and help with test marketing new packaging. In addition, we are experiencing a growing demand for shorter print runs, often down to around 1,000. Our offset presses simply weren't economical for these orders. The Xeikon 3500, already in operation on a full shift basis, enables us to meet these requirements effectively and provide a better service to our customers," Caron says.

The Xeikon 3500 at IML Labels runs ICE toner, and can handle substrate widths up to 516 mm / 20.3 inches. This format flexibility enables the production of a broad range of label formats. Xeikon s extensive finishing range for its digital presses provided IML Labels with several converting options for their labels....

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