13 December 2013
Xaar, the world’s leading supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, has been awarded ‘2013 Manufacturing Site of the Year’ for its high-tech manufacturing facility in Huntingdon by the NMI (previously National Microelectronics Institute).
Opened in 2006, the Xaar Huntingdon site manufactures the Xaar 1001 inkjet printheads that are sold worldwide. The company has recorded exceptionally strong sales growth this year — up by 78% in the first half of the year versus the same period in 2012. To meet the increased demand, Xaar has invested heavily in its Huntingdon factory. Over £40 million has already been invested in manufacturing assets and infrastructure within the 50,000 square feet facility, and a further £20 million is expected to be invested between now and June 2014. Huntingdon employs more than 450 people — over half of Xaar’s global workforce of 800 — and 2013 has seen an increase in headcount in Huntingdon of 55% over 2012.
Xaar’s investment and growth has resulted in further recognition: the company has also just won ‘Technology Growth Business of the Year’ at the UK Tech Awards; was named ‘Best Main Market Company’ at the recent Shares Magazine Awards; and achieved Highly Commended in the ‘Manufacturing in Action’ category of The Manufacturer Awards 2013.
Ted Wiggans, Director of Operations and Quality, said: “These awards are well-deserved credit for the magnificent performance of our manufacturing staff in Huntingdon over the last few years. Not only have they kept up with a huge increase in demand for our printheads, but they have also implemented a significant upgrade to the manufacturing environment. As a result, by July 2014 our manufacturing capacity will have expanded 15-fold in just four years.”
Xaar has also expanded at its Cambridge headquarters by leasing a third facility on the Cambridge Science Park. This increases its R&D floor space by 50% to 48,000 square feet.
NMI Awards: www.nmi.org.uk