Océ has introduced its LabelStream 4000 UV inkjet press in Europe, with the Australian branch of the company yet to decide if it will be released on these shores.
Abroad, it will be commercially available at the end of the year in several configurations from standalone to full hybrid with inline finishing and embellishment.
Garry Muratore, product manager, Graphic Arts, Oce Australia, says, “At the moment our team is in Europe, we will have discussions when they return around the label press.”
The four to five colour (W+CMYK) press features the company’s new Xaar 2001+ U printheads. The press runs at 68mpm in its 720x360dpi resolution, and 48mpm at the higher quality 720 x 600dpi. Oce says it will be delivered in either 330mm or 410mm printing widths, and is aimed at self-adhesive label printers.
Crit Driessen, vice president and head of digital packaging production printing products (PPP), says, “Océ is keen to break into forward-looking markets, and industrial packaging printing offers excellent opportunities for new revenue streams. Digital products currently account for only a relatively small part of this market worldwide, but the share expected to grow rapidly. We are confident that market players will appreciate the Océ LabelStream's productivity and customising abilities as a way to add value to label printing.”
Christian Unterberger, chief marketing officer and executive vice president PPP, added, 'The new Océ LabelStream 4000 series is the next step in advancing our market strategy. We plan to grow in the packaging market and ultimately play a leading role.'
Océ is well versed in inkjet printing, its range of high speed inkjet web systems including ImageStream, ProStream, JetStream and ColorStream have been market leaders for the past ten years.
Digital inkjet labels is a fast growing sector, with a multitude of vendors in the market, including major names Screen, EFI, Epson and Konica Minolta, who compete with digital pioneers HP Indigo and Xeikon.
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