Canon, leader in imaging solutions, today launches the new Océ LabelStream 4000 series, an industrial-scale UV inkjet press with optional flexo printing, embellishment and finishing units. With an industry-leading productivity range of 950 - 1672 sqm/h the press looks set to carve out a commanding presence in the growing label printing market.

The latest addition to the production printing portfolio underlines the Canon and Océ strategy to invest in growing industrial printing segments. Combining the virtues of UV inkjet printing with conventional technologies, this innovative label press delivers unrivalled value-add in terms of time, cost and value, enabling converters to select the best combination for any production requirement.

Christian Unterberger, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President Production Printing Products (PPP), outlines what makes the new label conversion solution special: “The Océ LabelStream is based on the inkjet DNA of Canon and Océ. With this comprehensive solution package optimized to benefit from current market dynamics, label converters can boost their profitability for short and medium job sizes, and amaze customers with labels of exceptional quality and customized messaging.”

The new press has a key role to play in the wider company strategy, as Crit Driessen, Vice President & Head of Digital Packaging PPP, explains, “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 customizing abilities as a way to add value to label printing.”

Watch this short video on the Océ LabelStream 4000 series below:

At its core the Océ LabelStream 4000 series is a 5-color UV inkjet press (CMYK and white) with a print speed of 48 m/min. It offers print widths of 330 mm (13”) or 410 mm (16”) and an optional performance mode of 68 m/min for less demanding print jobs. Providing a one-pass digital high opacity white of more than 80% at standard press speed the opacity of analogue printing technologies such as rotary screen and flexo can be matched.

Latest Xaar 2001 UV inkjet printheads with a resolution of 720 x 600 dpi and different quality modes guarantee the reproduction of fine details, smooth tones, vibrant color and solids on a wide range of standard label stocks including PP, PE, BOPP plus selected special substrates.

The system can be expanded to a full hybrid configuration with a custom mix of additional flexo, embellishment and finishing units turning it into a fully integrated single-pass label conversion line to meet various demands and budgets.

This mix of conventional and digital technologies enables fast, affordable production of high-quality self-adhesive labels – for example for fast moving consumer goods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Along with the ability to deliver cost-efficient print-to-order run lengths to avoid overproduction digital printing offers an unbeatable advantage in this segment: customization. As more brands move to attract customers’ attention through customized packaging it is obvious that digital printing can add significant value to increase sales and enhance brand awareness.

The Océ LabelStream offers maximum flexibility and gives users the freedom to complete orders at short lead times: easy set-up and make-ready accelerate system availability. Production costs stay low, delivering a speedy return on investment.



Label converter will benefit from the best package in the industry based on Canon’s inkjet DNA. Innovative technologies integrated into comprehensive end-to-end solutions and supported by first-class global service and business consultancy will help to develop and grow a sustainable and profitable digital business.

Christian Unterberger is confident that the new Océ LabelStream will hit the mark: “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.”

Commercial availability of the Océ LabelStream 4000 series in Europe will be end of 2018.

A collaboration of Avery Dennison with Italian design agency Smith Lumen and Italian printer Rotas Italia has resulted in an award-winning design project in wine & spirits. Converters, designers and brand owners are now being invited to receive their own copy of the ‘Black & White’ envelope, with its set of inspiring wine and spirits labels that follow a common design theme.

Color-Logic has certified the Nilpeter Panorama DP-3 stand-slone digital press for use with the Color-Logic process for label applications.

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and Pantone LLC, today announced six new libraries for PantoneLIVE™, a cloud-based digital color standard ecosystem. Developed with their PantoneLIVE Preferred Partner for ink supply, Sun Chemical, the six new dependent standard libraries are ideal for UV-cured flexography printers and converters allowing them to accurately match achievable Pantone Colors in label and carton applications. Consumer goods companies and designers can use the new libraries to better define, create, visualize and communicate color palettes for clear film packaging, aluminum labels and recycled cartons produced with UV-cured flexographic printing technology.

Handy Labels has been going strong since 2007 and last year extended its reach even further with a fresh new website, helping artisan businesses to improve their packaging and accessibility. Running steadily over this decade have been two Roland DG SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 large format printer/cutters.

The launch edition of Labelexpo Southeast Asia – the biggest label and package printing event in the region – has exceeded all expectations, with 7,934 attendees from 62 countries flocking to BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand for the three day show from 10-12 May. Exhibitor rebookings for the next edition in 2020 already stand at 42 percent – the highest following a Labelexpo event launch to date.

The search is underway for the world’s leading pioneers and innovators in the label and package printing industry! Marking 15 years of Label Industry Global Awards, this year there are four prizes up for grabs at the industry’s prestigious Oscars, as the awards honor those organizations and individuals who have excelled in the label and package printing sector through innovation and best practice.

Ian Woodhead, managing director of Sudbury based ‘one stop label shop’ Anglia Labels, is delighted with his latest investment in a 5 colour Domino N610i ink jet label press. The Domino press was installed in February 2018 and Ian reveals, “Within just one month of installation, we had improved our lead times and quality, and reduced our running costs, and we were already printing 25% of our turnover on the Domino press.”

A new collection of printed samples showcasing the extensive portfolio for label and packaging applications from Creas​et, Lecta's range of one-side coated.

Color-Logic has certified the HP Indigo 6900 digital press with silver ink for label and packaging applications. Confirming the certification, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves said: "Silver ink on the HP Indigo 6900 press, when used with the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System, yields great advantages for brands requiring labels or shrink film packaging. Combining the two technologies produces as many as 250 metallic colors and a virtually unlimited variety of decorative effects for enhancing and protecting products."

At Dscoop Dallas, HP Inc. announced the winners of the 3rd annual HP Inkspiration Americas Awards, recognizing the most innovative brand experience produced with HP digital printing technology, and Rod Key Marketing Excellence Awards for the companies with the most creative marketing campaigns to promote their businesses.

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