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Colombian label printer Topasa increases productivity with Xeikon CX3 digital label press

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015

Xeikon is pleased to report that Colombia-based Topasa is the latest label specialist to acquire a Xeikon CX3 and the first in Latin America to invest in Xeikon’s newest press based on Xeikon Cheetah technology. This decision is a critical element of Topasa’s growth strategy, which also includes a planned move to a new facility. These strategic investments will allow the company to produce 50% more square meters of labels per month.

Following an intensive search for a press that would reduce costs while offering increased productivity, Topasa chose the Xeikon CX3. Luis Carlos Lopez, President and CEO of Topasa, explains, "We decided for the Xeikon CX3 because of its very high quality,high speed printing, and its ability to produce a wider range of products for our customers. These are characteristics that will make a difference when it comes to optimizing our workflow and offering better alternatives for our customers."

Future proof to adapt to changing market dynamics

Topasa has been in business for more than 40 years and today is a solid label printer that employs 85 workers. Structured into four business units – Industrial Label, Label Shrink, Label Security and Promotional Label, the company offers solutions to address the label and packaging needs of its customers. As part of its growth strategy, Topasa is moving from its facility in Medellín to a new location in Guarne, Antioquía which is expected to be fully operational in November. The new facility will be equipped with a state-of-the-art physical and technological infrastructure designed to meet the highest quality standards, including those specified by ISO and GMP.

The goal of these investments is to enable Topasa to reach more potential customers and develop new market niches with competitive prices and the highest quality in the market. With these investments, Topasa will be able to produce a full range of new applications, including new applications on an innovative production platform that includes the Xeikon CX3.

Luis Carlos Lopez states, "The Xeikon CX3 helps us to speed up delivery times and ensure high-definition image quality for our self-adhesive labels. The speed of the press, its print quality and number of available colors, its full rotation printing technology and dry toner electrophotography were all important considerations in making this investment decision. Its printing speed of 30m/min makes the five-color CX3 digital label printer the fastest in its class while its true resolution of 1200 dpi ensures the highest quality on a wide range of substrates. The Xeikon CX3 already accounts for 30% of our production.”

With its many years of experience, Topasa has continued to evolve and adapt to changing market dynamics. This includes adopting all necessary measures to help large consumer products companies implement new label options that better address changing consumer buying behaviors. Lopez believes that collaborating with Xeikon, including Xeikon’s excellent technical support and the sharing of ideas and expertise, along with the implementation of the Xeikon CX3, are an added value for his company and his customers that will take the company into a successful future.


Topasa history dates back to 1964, when it was founded with only three machines and five employees. After 40 years of hard work and due to the consistency and credibility of the company, the company expanded to 85 workers whereby Topasa has become a leader in the converting industry, providing solutions to packaging needs of its customers.

In 2015, the company diversified its range of packaging solutions in four business units. They also moved to a new production plant with more facilities and better technological infrastructure, meeting the highest quality standards such as ISO and BPM. These changes allow them to increase their installed capacity by more than 50% in m2 / month.

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