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.