After a 40-year career with Agfa-Gevaert, where he was instrumental in forming the company’s Electronic Imaging System Department, De Schamphelaere established the Ellith NV in 1988.
The name morphed to Xeikon NV, and at Ipex 1993, the company unveiled its prototype of the DCP-1. The digital colour press provided the basis for the company’s full-scale product line.
Xeikon went public in March 1996 by listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
It was only the second Flemish company to do so. Less than six months later it launched the Xeikon DCP/32D digital colour press.
The introduction of the Xeikon second generation helped net profits to reach more than $1.8m.
In 1999, De Schamphelaere established Triakon, a printing centre used to further develop digital colour printing.
De Schamphelaere received multiple distinctions for his pioneering work in the graphics industry, including the GATF-award, the IS&T Award and the prestigious Cary Award (1997).
Wim Maes, Xeikon chief executive, said: “We were so saddened to hear the news of Lucien’s death. He had an amazing passion for digital printing and unstoppable drive that lead him to achieve such an incredible amount in his lifetime. His dedication and pioneering approach remains a key cornerstone of Xeikon today.”
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