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Industrial inkjet print head manufacturer Xaar has beaten competition from hundreds of other UK companies to win a place in the Government’s ‘Make it in Great Britain’ exhibition this summer. The company joins over 40 British businesses at the event, including such iconic brands as Airbus, McLaren and BAE Systems.
The exhibition of cutting-edge British manufacturing takes place at the Science Museum from 24th July to 9th September to coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic games. It is the culmination of the ‘Make it in Great Britain’ campaign launched last year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to challenge outdated opinions of modern manufacturing and dispel the myth that Britain ‘doesn’t make anything anymore’. Xaar will showcase some of its leading technology to demonstrate to exhibition visitors the value of manufacturing to UK business.
Headquartered on Cambridge’s Science Park, Xaar has been at the forefront of industrial inkjet print head development since its foundation in 1990. Its piezoelectric print heads are used to jet a variety of fluids onto a range of materials and Xaar’s technology has changed the face of industrial printing processes in the global print, packaging and ceramics industries. The company is currently achieving record growth. Over the last seven years alone, Xaar has grown from 180 to almost 500 employees, and year-on-year sales in 2011 grew by 26 per cent to £68.7 million and has recently invested £22 million to expand its print head manufacturing at its state-of-the-art facilities in Huntingdon, UK.
“We are delighted to be part of such a great platform for British innovation,” says Ted Wiggans, operations director at Xaar. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase our innovative print head technology that was invented in the UK. Our flagship Xaar 1001 print head is manufactured in the UK and 86 per cent of our print heads are exported, sold and used all over the world, making an important contribution to the UK economy.”
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