Working with technology partners FFEI and Edale, Canon Océ has introduced the LabelStream 4000 UV inkjet press, which will be commercially available at the end of the year in several configurations from standalone to full hybrid with inline finishing and embellishment. 

The LabelStream 4000 was unveiled at an event in Germany to an audience of journalists and analysts. With this, the company sets out its stall in the label and packaging segment. Crit Driessen, vice president and head of digital packaging production printing products (PPP), explained, ‘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.’

The four to five colour (W+CMYK) press is the first to feature the new Xaar 2001+ U printheads to achieve a resolution of 720 x 360dpi at 68m/min (720 x 600dpi at 48m/min) and will be delivered in either 330mm or 410mm printing widths. It is aimed at self-adhesive label printers.

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.’