Digital Labels

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High quality printed digital labels

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The most immediate benefit seen when choosing digital label printing as your preferred method of label manufacture is that allows you to change your design many times without incurring any additional origination charges whatsoever.

We are passionate advocates of digital label printing technologies because of the benefits it brings to our customers including the very best quality printed images, no plate charges and fast turnaround times.

Mercian Labels is a technology leader in digital labelling technology and a Xeikon preferred R&D partner, most recently having been the first global user to install the CX3 ‘Cheetah‘ technology.  In common with all the leading label printing business, we use electrophotographic (EP) digital printing technology (only available from Xeikon and HP) rather than the inferior industrial inkjet technologies that are more suited to logistical and non-shelf edge labels where image quality is not so important.

For customers who have many different designs of labels but also has a tight budget, then digital label printing would more than likely be most suitable for you. Our Xeikon digital label printing machines can print short, medium and long runs of absolutely top quality 1200dpi process colour labels, incorporating photographic images to be printed. Our longest run to date is 59,000 meters! Customers who choose to have their labels printed digitally have the benefit of not having to pay plate/origination charges, and are able to have any type of image on their labels without having to pay any extra costs per design.

Our Xeikon digital label presses not only serve to reduce run times through impressive printing speeds, it also delivers superb colour matching and image clarity, thanks to its 1,200dpi printing resolution – resulting in beautiful digitally printed labels for our customers.  Environmental and health & safety concerns are accounted for through recyclable prints and FDA approved solvent free ‘food safe’ toner.   All of these advantages, combined with extremely lightfast toner for reduced colour fade, make the Xeikon 3300 and CX3 Cheetah the best digital label printing technology currently available.

As specialist digital label printers, we are able to cater for a wide variety of digital label requirements to suit the individual needs of our customers.  We have extensive experience of providing labels to a range of markets, including; produce & food, packaging, bottles, wine, whiskey, baked goods and many more.

Mercian Labels pride ourselves on the quality of our products and are accredited to the highest UKAS standards, having achieved ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Assurance certification as well as BRC at grade ‘A’.  Our own high standards do not impact on processing time; with standard delivery time for digital labels being 3 days or under, from receipt of approved artwork to dispatch.  We strive to offer the fastest service that we possibly can, for no additional cost.

Free digital press proofs – try before you buy!


We are so confident in the superiority of our high quality Xeikon digital label printing that we even offer a free digital press proof service.

Using this facility, we print sample labels on the very machine that will be used to print your final order, allowing you to experience first-hand the colour-vibrancy and sharpness of your label imagery.  You can even peel off digital sticky labels and try them on your product or packaging to see how they look and feel.

If you are in a rush, we can provide PDF proofs rather than sticker samples, as part of our usual service.  All that we ask is that you cover the £5 courier fee, or arrange your own collection of the proofs.

Environmentally friendly label production

At Mercian Labels we take environmental issues seriously and seek to lessen our impact on the planet wherever possible; constantly seeking ways to improve our performance in this important area.

Our digital printing process is significantly more environmentally friendly than most other digital label production methods.  Unlike techniques used by many digital label suppliers; our process does not require the use of solvent and our printed images are deinkable, allowing them to be recycled.

The electricity that we use to produce the coloured toner ink is purchased from 100% renewable energy sources.  In addition, the sophisticated software that we utilise allows multiple sorts to be included in the same print run, which serves to reduce production costs and minimise wastage.

Please feel free to read more about our Environmental Credentials and Corporate Social Responsibility Policies here.

Specialised digital labels

hot-foil-banner If you require specialised labels then Mercian Labels are able to offer a variety of features and effects.  We can add both static and variable barcodes in a selection of 1D and 2D barcode label formats, with variable data being one of our specialities.

Where the highest quality finish is desired, we also offer digital and hotfoil label printing.  The combination hot-foiled and digital range provides you with the best of both worlds; cost effective digital labelling, finished with special metallic effect in shades of gold, silver or holographic foils.  We provide combination digital and hotfoil label images in any shape or size, so that you can achieve the ‘big brand’ impression that metallic labels deliver, without having to invest in long print runs.

For instances where a standard label size just isn’t big enough, we also manufacture digitally printed label sheets.  Printed on our Xeikon digital printer, these sheets are available in full colour and 1,200dpi, meaning the image quality is not compromised by its size.

With over 45 years experience in the industry, we  really can cater for a huge range of labelling requirements.  So, if you don’t see what you are looking for on our site, don’t panic!  Bespoke digital labels are our speciality and we are sure to be able to cater for your needs.  Simply give one of our advisors a call on 01543 431 070, or drop us an email at and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements with you.