This year marks 25 years at the forefront of global inkjet technology for Xaar, one of the leaders in industrial inkjet printheads. Xaar took off in 1990 with four people in a small office in Cambridge Science Park.
Over the last 25 years Xaar has proved itself to be an inkjet innovator many times. The company’s Xaar 128 printhead transformed the wide-format printing industry 20 years ago; even today Xaar technology still drives approximately 75% of the wide-format printers in use. In 2007,Xaarlaunched its revolutionary Xaar 1001 that has since transformed the ceramic tile decoration industry, bringing many benefits to tile manufacturers all over the world, including reduced costs and a vastly expanded range of creative tile design effects. More recently, Xaar expanded its focus into other significant marketing sectors, including direct-to-shape packaging printing and the hi-tech world of additive manufacturing, 3D printing and nano imprint lithography, a process used to manufacture silicon wafers.
To mark its 25th anniversary Xaaris organizing a programme of events during the summer and autumn. In line with the company’s record of supporting local and national charities, it includes a number of company-wide charity challenges, starting with a 26-strong Xaar team undertaking a 60-mile London to Cambridge bike ride to raise over 2,000 pounds for Breast Cancer Now, other challenges planned are the Chariots of Fire relay race in September (for East Anglia Children’s Hospice) and October’s Byte Night sleep-out in aid of Action for Children.
The impact, resilience, and growth of responsible packaging in a wide region are daily chronicled by Packaging South Asia.
A multi-channel B2B publication and digital platform such as Packaging South Asia is always aware of the prospect of new beginnings and renewal. Its 16-year-old print monthly, based in New Delhi, India has
demonstrated its commitment to progress and growth. The Indian and Asian packaging industries have shown resilience in the face of ongoing challenges over the past three years.
As we present our publishing plan for 2023, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 will reach 6.3%. Packaging industry growth has exceeded GDP growth even when allowing for inflation in the past three years.
The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 33% over the past three years. With orders in place, we expect another 33% capacity addition from 2023 to 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels have grown similarly. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.
Even given the disruptions of supply chains, raw material prices, and the challenge of responsible and sustainable packaging, packaging in all its creative forms and purposes has significant headroom to grow in India and Asia. Our context and coverage engulf the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and further – to waste collection and recycling. We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers.
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