Lier, Belgium, 21 February 2023
Flint Group has announced the appointment of Robert Welford as President for Xeikon, its digital division. Stepping up from his current position as Vice President of Research & Development, he will now lead Xeikon through the next phase of success, reaffirming its deep commitment to bringing the latest innovations in digital printing to customers across the globe.
Robert joined Xeikon in September 2018 when he took over the management of Research & Development, with a broad remit overlooking the engineering operations, the ink and toner competence centres, and the print process and project management office. As the new President, he will further leverage these competences and his solid background in the printing industry, as the company accelerates the industrialisation of its broad product line and continued integration with Flint Group.
“I’m very proud to be given the opportunity to head up this industry-leading technology company which has been a pioneer in digital printing since the very beginning,” says Robert. “Xeikon has always had a strong focus on customer-centric developments and application-driven solutions, and its name has become synonymous with breakthrough innovations and technology. Crucially, it comes with an excellent team of professionals, who are known for their vast experience and in-depth expertise.”
He adds, “This is an exciting industry to be part of, but like all other companies, I’m certain that we will have our share of new challenges and pressures as the market and our customers’ needs keep changing and evolving. Therefore, Xeikon will continue on its unwavering mission to support printers and converters with the tools they need to successfully navigate the future and grow their businesses – in labels, corrugated packaging and graphic arts.”
Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, is a long-standing leader and innovator in digital printing technology. Grounded in the principles of quality, flexibility and sustainability, Xeikon designs, develops and delivers digital colour presses for label and packaging applications as well as graphic arts and commercial printing. These printing machines work with different imaging technologies, open workflow software and application-specific consumables.
Xeikon is Flint Group’s “Digital Printing Solutions” division for the leading global print consumables and solution provider to the packaging and print media industries. Flint Group develops and manufactures an extensive portfolio of consumables for the printing industry. These include a vast range of conventional and energy-curable inks and coatings, press room chemicals, and pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. The Flint Group is based in Luxembourg and employs around 5500 people. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves.