Xaar signs deal with Xerox

January 11, 2017

The two companies have signed a printhead partnership agreement.


The UK based company Xaar, “a leader in industrial inkjet technology” announced in a press release that it has signed an agreement with Xerox to “partner in bulk piezoelectric inkjet printheads”. The partnership brings mutual benefits to both companies as sharing their expertise will raise both companies’ profiles in market leading technology and means that Xaar can deliver a broader range of printheads to its customers.

Doug Edwards, CEO at Xaar, said: “Continued investment in technology and product development, together with strategic partnerships, are key elements of our 2020 vision.”


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Xaar celebrates 25 years in the inkjet printhead industry

August 17, 2015

XaarThe company is sending a team on a 60-mile charity bike ride in October to mark the anniversary.

The ride, going from London to Cambridge, will raise over £2,000 (€1,803) for Breast Cancer Now, and Xaar is also taking part in Action for Children foundation’s Byte Night 2015 as part of its quarter-century events, PrintWeek reported.

Xaar began in 1990, with four employees in an office in Cambridge Science Park, looking to “develop and commercialise” digital inkjet technology, and it now employs 600 people worldwide. It retains three buildings in the Science Park, manufacturing facilities in Huntingdon and Jarfalla, Sweden and offices in Hong Kong, India and the US. It appointed a new CEO in January 2015.

Richard Barham, chief customer officer at Xaar said:“We are proud of what we have achieved over the past 25 years, but we couldn’t have done it without the influence that has come into being in Cambridge and not only our employees but also the high-technology support infrastructure that is available.”

“By linking our anniversary celebration with support of these charities we are giving something back to the society and the fact that we remain an energetic company with a strong motto to succeed.”


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Xaar appoints new CEO

January 7, 2015

Dr Doug Edwards, newly-appointed CEO of Xaar

Dr Doug Edwards, newly-appointed CEO of Xaar

UK inkjet printing technology group appoints former Kodak employee Doug Edwards as its new CEO.

Dr. Doug Edwards will join Xaar plc as the company’s new CEO after serving as President of Digital Printing and Enterprise at Kodak as well as serving as a member of the OEM’s Executive Board since 2006.

The appointment was made following the retirement of Ian Dinwoodie in March 2014, who had served as CEO of Xaar since 2003; with Edwards selected after “an extensive international search process”.

Prior to his role at Kodak, Edwards began his career in the UK in a number of technical roles with Ilford Limited, ICI, Zeneca and International Paper; moving to the US 14 years ago to work for Kodak Polychrome Graphics – a joint venture between Sun Chemical Corporation and Kodak. He also has a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Conducting Organic Materials from London University.

Commenting on the appointment of Edwards, Phil Lawler, Chairman of Xaar, said: “I would like to express my thanks to Ian for his significant contribution to Xaar since joining the Company in 2001. Following a thorough international search I am delighted to welcome Doug to Xaar. His appointment will strengthen the Board, providing the experience necessary to lead the Company through its next stage of development.”

Dinwoodie added: “I am delighted that Doug is joining Xaar – he brings the right combination of industry expertise and management skills to head the company, and I look forward to handing over the reins to him in the coming months.”

Meanwhile, Edwards commented: “It is a privilege to be asked to lead Xaar through this next phase of the company’s development. Excellent progress has been made by the company over the last decade, but the future opportunities ahead of the company in the world of digital printing are substantial, and I am pleased to return to the UK to take up this challenge.”

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Xaar announces record profits

August 17, 2012

Inkjet technology specialists celebrates 20 percent increase in revenue and 57 percent increase in pre-tax profit.

Xaar has announced record interim revenues and profits for the first half of 2012 up to 30 June, reports Business Weekly.

Revenue is reported to be up by 20 percent, reaching a record £37.9 million ($59.5 million/€48.1 million) and profit-before-tax has increased by 57 percent to a record of £6.7 million ($10.5 million million/€8.5 million).

The growth is attributed to the success of its Platform 3 products and following on the company’s success, Xaar increased investment in R&D and headcount by 27 percent from December 2011.

Chairman Phil Lawler commented: “Over the last two years we have made excellent progress in maximising the growth opportunity in the ceramics segment, largely through the flawless execution of the capacity expansion programme in Huntingdon.

“This has resulted in a record revenue and profit performance for the first half of 2012. We continue to develop products for existing markets and we are committed to expanding our technology into new markets, and as a consequence we are well positioned for further growth in both the short and long term.”

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