Kent Wolford is the Tag and Label Sales Manager, Southeast/Southwest USA
Tom Gray is Tag and Label Sales Manager, West Coas
Xeikon Makes USA Team Appointments
Eede, the Netherlands, 15 February 2017 – Xeikon has announced two new additions to its USA team. Kent Wolford is the Tag and Label Sales Manager, Southeast/Southwest USA, and Tom Gray is Tag and Label Sales Manager, West Coast.
Kent Wolford’s extensive print industry background was one of the key reasons Xeikon chose him for the role. Wolford joined the market leader in digital color printing technology, from Domino Amjet where he was in senior business development for four years.
His many years’ experience with conventional narrow web flexo in senior sales and marketing roles such as Webtron, plus a broad background with digital label and packaging solutions at HP and Domino, helped him develop a deep understanding and knowledge of the industry.
Wolford studied Business at Louisiana State University and received his BS degree in Business/Marketing at Towson University.
He says: “I joined Xeikon because the solutions have a broader appeal and capabilities, and the new ownership of the Flint Group provides enhanced resources to grow the business. The Xeikon digital press line is a full rotary press, with no pre-treatment of substrates required, true 1200 x 1200 dpi, high lightfastness, FDA-compliant toners for food packaging, no VOCs, and the best in class front end. Exciting times ahead!”
Gray has returned to Xeikon as Tag and Label Sales Manager West Coast. He was previously regional sales manager before joining Domino Amjet as Digital Print Accounts Manager in 2014. Prior to that he spent 21 years contracted with Aquaflex, lastly as Global Sales Manager and International Sales Manager.
Gray studied Mechanical Engineering at Bulawayo Polytechnic specializing In Printing & Packaging.
He says: “In my new role I am looking forward in helping my current and new customers expand and grow their business, by introducing new niche market opportunities that will help them provide and manufacture a wider range of product offerings. For example: "You print the label, why not print the box as well" or print IML or Heat Transfer Labels, short run Folding Cartons, Pouches, etc.”
David Wilkins, Xeikon’s Vice President Sales & Marketing US & Canada adds, "We are excited to bring such a wealth of industry knowledge to our NA team. We look forward to both Kent and Tom using their expertise and knowledge, in combination with the capabilities of our market leading solutions, to help customers create highly effective and responsive print production environments.”
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 web-fed digital colour presses for label and packaging applications, document printing, and commercial printing. These presses utilise LED-array-based electrophotography, open workflow software and application-specific toners.
As an OEM supplier, Xeikon also designs and produces plate makers for newspaper printing applications. In addition, Xeikon manufactures basysPrint computer-to-conventional plate (CtCP) solutions for the commercial offset printing market. For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name. ThermoFlexX systems provide high-resolution plate exposure combined with unique plate handling, flexibility and unmatched productivity.
In 2015, Xeikon joined Flint Group to create a new “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 printing consumables. These include a vast range of conventional and energy-curable inks and coatings, pressroom chemicals, printing plates and equipment, printing blankets and sleeves, and pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves.