Xeikon has unveiled a new dry toner for use on its digital label presses. ICE is designed for heat-sensitive substrates such as polyethylene (PE) and thermal labels that are pliable and commonly used on flexible packaging.
   According to the manufacturer, the new toner, which will run on all new and installed Xeikon 3000 series digital presses, is highly lightfast with a "top opaque-white quality" and can be printed onto conventional substrates without the need for priming. ICE will be commercially available from Q4 of 2013.
   Lode Deprez, vice-president of consumables and process group at Xeikon said that ICE was a breakthrough in dry toner technology for the firm.
   "Until now, dry toner technology was not expected to be able to work with substrates for this type of job. Following requests from our user base, Xeikon specifically developed the ICE toner to be suited for heat-sensitive materials. We pushed back the boundaries in toner development and digital label printing," he said.
   Xeikon’s marketing communications manager Frank Jacobs told PrintWeek that the toner, which has undergone "extensive testing", had been developed as a result of research and feedback from the manufacturer’s label customers.

"This opens up new opportunities for us and our customers and will be particularly suitable for those working in cosmetics and healthcare labeling where there is a need for flexible packaging such as bottles and tubes that need to be squeezed."