Sweet collaboration from Xeikon and Sappi

May 23th 2024

Xeikon and Sappi

Taking advantage of its long collaboration with sappi, Xeikon has developed paper-based candy packaging that is food-safe and fully recyclable in the paper waste stream. With high image quality, bright colors and a silky surface, 'Maoam Chew Fruit Mix' packaging shows the Xeikon Titon dry toner technology, printed on 67 g/m2 Sappi Seal Silk heat-sealable functional paper. In particular, this flexible packaging solution is food-safe without the need for additional barriers in the structure, such as varnish or other layers.

"Xeikon “continues to meet brand owners’ demands for environmentally friendly and food-safe packaging with value-added solutions created through close collaborations with other industry leaders,” he says. Frank Jacobs, Market Intel and Senior Product Manager at Xeikon. “Our latest sustainable flexible packaging solution is made possible by Sappi’s long experience in recyclable paper materials and the unique capabilities of Xeikon Titon dry toner.”

Sappi Seal Silk It is a single-ply functional paper with superior heat sealability and moisture barrier. Fully recyclable, it has been designed for primary and secondary flexible packaging applications in the food and non-food sectors. Offering excellent print results and openability, the paper is suitable for direct food contact, perfectly complementing the properties of Xeikon's food-safe, odorless and migration-proof Titon toners. The new candy packaging leverages the capabilities of these two technologies, presenting a package with strong shelf appeal that is also highly resistant to the stresses of the packaging process. 

Sibylle Hajostek, market director for packaging solutions at Sappi, comments: “The continued collaboration with Xeikon offers clear benefits for printers, as we can offer them a well-proven route to produce recyclable flexible packaging with Sappi Seal Silk as a base. Together we are providing the sustainable innovation that the market needs to respond to end-user demands for greener packaging and comply with new legislation for a circular economy.”

La Xeikon TX500 digital press will be running live for Drupa 2024 (May 28 to June 7), in Düsseldorf, to demonstrate how these candy packs are printed in four colors, at a resolution of 1200 dpi and a speed of 30 m/min (98 feet). /min). This 508 mm (20 in) wide printing machine is the first to use Titon dry toner technology. Resistant to heat, chemicals and mechanical abrasion, toners allow printers to produce sustainable paper-based food packaging without the need for varnish or other protective layers.

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