Xaar has recently announced that it is broadening its base of operations, but that doesn’t mean abandoning its core market.
Virtually all decorated ceramic tile production these days is printed using digital inkjet printing technologies. Xaar has led the development of the printheads that facilitate this trend, and the application has been fundamental to the company’s growth since its inception in 1990. Recognising this vulnerability, over the last couple of years Xaar has started to branch out into other applications, developing printheads for other print sectors. For instance the Xaar 1201, co-developed with Ricoh, is a thin film piezo silicon Micro Electrical Mechanical System (MEMS) technology for printing wide-format graphics and textiles. The recently-introduced Xaar 5601 family of very fast and accurate printheads takes the company into another range of graphics applications, including packaging and commercial print. But ceramics markets are still important to Xaar and the company still has a healthy future in the sector, not least for upgrades.