Xaar completes one year in India

Xaar India has successfully completed one year of its operations in India and to celebrate the occasion, a brief press meet was organised in their office in Gurgaon. Ian Dinwoodie, CEO, Xaar plc, England, informed that during the last one year, they have been able to identify some of the manufacturers and have already signed up with eight of them who are making inroads for production of wide format printers.

Despite their relatively new presence in India, they are looking at double the growth in 2006 and according to Tarun Kumar, general manager, Xaar India, they would add few more partners in this year. “Having already eight OE partners in India, we shall constantly be looking to add more such partners,” added Dinwoodie too.

Asked if the company would consider setting up a manufacturing plant for heads in India, Dinwoodie said, “We are always on the lookout, but it would depend on how the market shapes up and if it justifies such a unit here.”

Apart from this, Dinwoodie made an interesting presentation where he conveyed that inkjet technology is moving towards mainstream of printing. “The possibility of digital metallic inks cannot be ruled out in near future. The next one decade is going to be more active for inkjet technology and Xaar is making a new investment of 10 million pound to keep pace with the growth,” he added.

He also informed about the Xaar Hybrid Side Shooter (HSS), Xaar OmniDot 380 and Xaar OmniDot 760. “The HSS combines the most advanced printhead design and manufacturing processes to deliver Xaar’s latest inkjet technology platform. High quality drop formation and placement accuracy with outstanding operational durability make the HSS a highly productive, true single-pass printhead,” added Dinwoodie.

Speaking about the OmniDot 380, Dinwoodie said, “The multi-option OmniDot 380 is based on Xaar’s piezoelectric drop-on-demand technology. It is user-definable and delivers a choice of binary drop sizes ranging from 40pl to 80pl. The light-weight alloy cover and nozzle guard provide durability and can be used for indoor and outdoor graphics applications, outer case coding and labelling, etc.”

“Scalable and easy to use, OmniDot 760 base head enables the developer to integrate their own electronics and software to optimise printhead performance for their bespoke application,” told Dinwoodie.
To ensure the industry to take advantage of a market leading range of approved inkjet solutions, Xaar offers a number of flexible and customer-focussed ink and fluid programmes. These include Xaar Direct Sales, Ink Partner Sales and the OEM Ink Certification, dependent of specific requirements and chosen routes to market. For such ink programme, they will be looking for new partnership in India.

Dinwoodie also said that Xaar is expecting high growth from the piezo inkjet, which is used for printing graphics, advertising, coding and marking, and signages as well.

For further information contact : Tarun Kumar, general manager, Xaar India, Tel : 4109227 or email : tkumar@xaar-india.com

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