Who we are
Xaar is a world leader in the development of digital inkjet technology and an award-winning manufacturer of piezoelectric drop-on-demand industrial inkjet printheads.
Our technology is used all over the world in a wide range of manufacturing applications, including graphics, labels, direct-to-shape packaging decoration, ceramic tiles, laminates, and outer case coding – as well as printing with specialist functional fluids for advanced manufacturing techniques.
We design and manufacture our printheads in Huntingdon, UK and Järfälla, Sweden, exporting over 90% of our production to customers around the world. The UK plant produces the Xaar 1003 product range whilst the Swedish plant produces the Xaar Proton, Xaar 500 and the Xaar 128 printheads for the wide-format graphics and coding and marking markets.
We also develop and sell ink systems, electronics and fluid optimisation services to accelerate inkjet system development and adoption.
Growing through innovation
The dynamic world of global manufacturing provides an exciting opportunity for Xaar. Most things we come into contact with on a daily basis are patterned, decorated, printed or finished in some way; the packaging and labels in our supermarkets, the boxes containing everything we buy, the tiles and laminate flooring in our homes and offices, the televisions we watch and the solar panels used to power our buildings.
Many production processes used in the manufacture of these products use traditional analogue technology. However, Xaar's industrial inkjet technology has already transformed a number of industries, and in other sectors the pace of conversion to digital is starting to accelerate.
Creating long-term value
Xaar invests 12% of revenue annually in Research and Development (R&D) to remain at the forefront of global inkjet technology. We have more than 250 patents and patent applications and continue to regularly add to our Intellectual Property portfolio. Currently our key patented technologies include: Shear Mode Technology, Shared Wall Technology, Chevron Technology, Hybrid Side Shooter®
) architecture, and the revolutionary TF Technology®
. To read more about these, visit our Technology
Xaar offers a wide range of industrial digital inkjet printheads which are designed and produced to meet customer-driven requirements; we sell to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) around the world through regional sales offices and approved distributors. Xaar's highly skilled applications engineers offer the highest level of technical support to assist OEMs and other cu
1990Xaar is established
Xaar was formed in Cambridge, UK to acquire, develop and commercially exploit a new digital inkjet printing technology arising out of work done by Cambridge Consultants Ltd. Xaar’s business concentrated on licensing four granted patents and know-how to printer manufacturers, primarily for use in office applications.
1997London Stock Exchange listing
Xaar completed a successful listing on the London Stock Exchange. The flotation raised a total of £15 million after expenses. Of this, £10 million represented new capital for the Company to accelerate development of the Group.
1999First printhead manufacturing
Xaar acquired MIT, an existing licensee. MIT was integrated into Xaar and became Xaar’s dedicated manufacturing facility at Järfälla, Sweden. Xaar’s product portfolio has expanded considerably since this acquisition.
2003First greyscale printhead
Xaar introduced its first full production printhead incorporating its unique, patented greyscale technology. The Xaar 318 is manufactured in Japan by Xaar licensee Toshiba TEC and offers photographic-quality printing with no compromise in speed.
2005Further greyscale developments
Further greyscale developments led to the launch of the Xaar 760, delivering a choice of binary or greyscale drop sizes to provide the ultimate in flexibility, reliability and speed.
2006Manufacturing in UK
Xaar invested £6 million in a new manufacturing plant in Huntingdon, UK.
2007Xaar 1001 launched
Xaar launched the revolutionary Xaar 1001 printhead with TF Technology® delivering a significant step forward in inkjet reliability. Xaar is confirmed as a market-leader in the innovation of digital inkjet printing.
2009Xaar Proton launched
The Xaar Proton was launched to deliver outstanding print quality, superior throughput and exceptional value for a range of applications, including wide-format graphics and coding & marking. Five label presses were launched by Xaar’s OEMs, demonstrating the Xaar 1001’s high quality, single-pass printing capability.
2010Capital investment programme
£14 million was raised, after expenses, through placing an open offer to fund the £22 million capacity expansion at the Huntingdon facility to meet growing demand for the Xaar 1001 in the ceramics market.
Xaar completes a second consecutive year above 25% sales growth through the adoption of the Xaar 1001 by the ceramics and label printing sectors.
2012Launch of Xaar 1001 GS12 announced
Xaar announced the launch of the Xaar 1001 GS12. Xaar records a third consecutive year of revenue growth in excess of 25%, and posts a 74% increase in annual profits. The capacity expansion programme at Huntingdon successfully completes ahead of schedule and below budget.
Ceramics conversion accelerates, driven by adoption of the technology in China. Further capital investment is undertaken to increase capacity by a further 75% by mid-2014 versus the status at the end of 2012.
2014Launch of the Xaar 1002
The Xaar 1002 replaced the Xaar 1001, delivering performance and print quality enhancements. Also launched were the small drop Xaar 1002 AMp, and the Xaar 1002 GS40 which produces intense colours and special effects for ceramic tile decoration.
2015Xaar turns 25 years old
To mark the 25th aniversary of Xaar, a programme of charitable fundraising events is organised.
The Xaar Print Bar System is launched adding single-pass inkjet capability to analogue web and sheet fed presses.
2016Xaar Acquires Engineered Printing Solutions
The acquisition, which completed 1st July 2016 is the first as part of the Company's strategic vision to achieve £220m of annual sales by 2020.
Quality Assurance Policy
Xaar is committed to achieving the total satisfaction of its customers. We shall achieve this by continually improving our business processes to add value.
Terms of Warranty
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Terms & Conditions of Purchase
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Health & Safety
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End of Life Policy
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Quality Management System Certification
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Environmental Management System Certification