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Xeikon Founder Lucien
Passes Away at 85
EEDE, Netherlands—Xeikon is sad to an-
nounce the death of its founder, Lucien De
Schamphelaere, on Jan. 20. He was 85.
After a 40
pany’s electronic imaging system depart-
ment, Lucien wanted a new challenge. So,
in August 1988 he established the limited
liability company, Ellith NV, which started
with just five employees. That name would
soon be changed into Xeikon NV, the com-
position of the Greek words “xeros” (dry)
and “eikon” (image).
Five years later, at Ipex 1993, the company
unveiled its prototype of the DCP-1 . The
digital color press provided the basis for the
company’s full scale product line. In No-
vember 1994, the company introduced its
Variable Data System, which allowed single
pass personalizing of individual pages.
Xeikon went public in March 1996 by
listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Less than six months later it launched the
Xeikon DCP/32D digital color press.
Xeikon went on to be acquired by Flint
Group in 2015. It also launched the Xeikon
CX3 digital label press and the Xeikon 9800
dry toner digital color press.
Wim Maes, Xeikon CEO, commented:
“We were so saddened to hear the news of
Lucien’s death. He had an amazing passion
for digital printing and unstoppable drive
that lead him to achieve such an incredible
amount in his lifetime. His dedication and
pioneering approach remains a key corner-
stone of Xeikon today.”
Flint Group to Install Mark Andy Performance
Series at Centre of Technical Excellence
ROGERS, MN—At Labelexpo Americas, Flint Group Narrow Web announced the intent
to invest in a new press for its North America Centre of Technical Excellence. Now, the
company has confirmed the purchase of a Mark Andy Performance Series P5, an 8-color,
10-in. flexographic combination press. The press will be installed at Flint Group’s Minnesota
research facility in Rogers, and enables the narrow web business to accelerate the speed of
development and increase the number of innovative products launched because inks devel-
oped in the laboratory can quickly be evaluated on press.
“This new investment is a significant mile-
stone for Flint Group Narrow Web, and a new
demonstration of our full commitment to invest
in our industry and support our customers’
growth,” said Guillaume Clement, global VP for
the narrow web business. “The new Mark Andy
press allows the company to keep delivering on
its global strategic vision, which includes invest-
ment in innovation necessary for growth.”
Sun Chemical Announces Partnership with
Document Security Systems, Inc.
PARSIPPANY, NJ—Sun Chemical has entered into a partnership with Document Security
Systems, Inc. (DSS) to cross market and sell one another’s anti counterfeiting products.
The partnership allows Sun Chemical to market and sell DSS’ suite of anti counterfeiting
technologies that include smartphone authentication, hidden images and copy protection.
DSS will market and sell Sun Chemical’s wide range of anti counterfeiting solutions, includ-
ing multiple covert taggant reader systems, special effect inks and smart sensor technology.
DSS’ brand protection solutions include a portfolio of products which helps businesses and
governments protect against fraud and counterfeiting. The company’s innovative anti coun-
terfeiting solution, AuthentiGuard, enables consumers or supply chain personnel to validate
product authenticity with a smartphone. Sun Chemical’s anti counterfeiting portfolio is
extensive and consists of multiple taggant reader systems, special effect security inks, and
other unique proprietary technologies.
AVT Announces Partnership with X-Rite
HOD-HASHARON, Israel—AVT, a world leader in print
inspection, print process control and quality assurance, is
proud to announce a licensing agreement with color tech-
nology specialist X-Rite. The new partnership certifies that
AVT’s SpectraLab II Color Measurement System, a world
leading inline solution with tens of installations worldwide,
is compliant with X-Rite’s XRGA Standard. Forward going,
AVT will be offering an XRGA certification for its SpectraLab
Developed as an ISO compliant metrology standard for
the graphic arts industry, the XRGA standard utilizes both
advances in color science and new international standards
to reduce color measurement discrepancies, and to optimize
color measurement across multivendor color networks.
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