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MM Karton joins Xeikon Aura Partner network

Xeikon 3500 to print Mayr-Melnhof Karton's Silvawhite(TM) 275 gsm at the Package Printing Workshop at Labelexpo Europe

(PresseBox) (Eede, The Netherlands/Vienna, Austria, ) Xeikon, an innovator in digital printing technology and Mayr-Melnhof Karton, the world's leading producer of recycled fibre based board with a rising position in virgin fibre based board, announce today that following extensive testing and cooperation, MM Karton is joining the Xeikon Aura partner network.

Packaging printers and converters are discovering the power and possibilities of digital printing more and more. Xeikon introduced its folding carton suite in 2012; the cooperation with MM Karton is an important next step in expanding the portfolio of folding carton substrates that have been tested and certified on Xeikon 3000 Series presses. Ten different MM Karton boards have been certified: from the GC range: Silvawhite(TM) , Silvaboard(TM) , Kromopak(TM) , Optimus Top(TM) , Excellent Top(TM) and MM Digicarton(TM) as well as Multicolor Mirabell(TM) and Topcolor(TM) from the WLC range.

Announcing the collaboration, Mr. Horst Bittermann, Head of Marketing at MM Karton stated: "As a solution provider, MMK is keen to connect with innovative partners in the industry. Our holistic approach enables us to provide our customers with tailor-made and state-of the art solutions. Through our cooperation with Xeikon, we are further extending our cooperation network in the growing digital print sector."

Filip Weymans, Director Segment Marketing Labels and Packaging at Xeikon, adds: "One of our key initiatives is to provide complete solutions to the users of our technology. The folding carton suite bundles all the components and services we can offer our customers to build a custom made folding carton solution. We have been forming some strong industry partnerships with key print media, software, consumables and equipment/tool manufacturers under the Xeikon Aura partner network. Our partnership with MM Karton is another important step in this direction."

Xeikon will exhibit in Booth 9H45, at Labelexpo Europe 2013. The company will also have a significant presence in the Package Printing Workshop (Hall 12), where a Xeikon 3500 will be printing on MM Karton's Silvawhite(TM) 275gsm, and producing ready to glue-and-fold cartons.

ABOUT MM KARTON

Mayr-Melnhof Karton is the world's leading producer of coated cartonboard made from recovered fibre, holding an increasingly strong position in the production of virgin fibre-based board. Its portfolio includes a wide range of white lined chipboard (WLC), folding box board (FBB) as well as offset- and flexo liner qualities.

MM Karton stands for quality and reliability, competence and packaging safety. As market leader and solution provider, MM Karton offers innovative product developments as well as tailor-made technical and service solutions to its customers.

The latest technologies and procedures are employed in the production of cartonboard in order to meet the requirements of the folding boxboard industry, brand manufacturers and the retail industry within the framework of MM Karton's comprehensive and holistic service approach. Its MultiMill concept guarantees the highest level of supply security and includes seven European mills and nine board machines with a total capacity of about 1.6 mio tons. MM Karton's products are available in more than 100 countries worldwide. For additional information please visit www.mm-karton.com.

Xeikon International BV

Xeikon NV (XEI: AEX) is an innovator in digital printing technology. The company designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital color presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, as well as commercial printing. These presses utilize LED-array-based dry toner electrophotography, open workflow software and application-specific toners.

As an OEM supplier, Xeikon designs and produces plate makers for newspaper offset printing applications. Xeikon also manufactures basysPrint computer-to-plate (CtP) solutions for the commercial printing market. These proven CtP systems combine the latest exposure techniques with cost-efficient UV plate technology, high imaging quality and flexibility.

For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name.

ThermoFlexX systems provide high resolution plate exposure including screening, color management, as well as workflow management.

All the Xeikon solutions are designed with the overarching principles of profitability, quality, flexibility and sustainability in mind. With these guiding principles and a deep, intimate knowledge of its customers, Xeikon continues to be one of the industry's leading innovators of products and solutions.

For more information, visit www.xeikon.com.