Xaar celebrates 25 years of digital inkjet leadership

The Xaar cycling team
The Xaar cycling team

This year, Xaar celebrates 25 years at the forefront of global inkjet technology.

The company began life in 1990 as four people in a small office on Cambridge Science Park. The team’s goal was to develop and commercialise the digital inkjet print technology arising out of work done by Cambridge Consultants.

Today the company employs over 600 people worldwide, based at three buildings on the Science Park, at state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Huntingdon and Järfälla, Sweden, and in offices in Hong Kong, India and the US.

To mark its 25th anniversary Xaar is organising a programme of events during the summer and autumn, including a number of company-wide charity challenges.

A 26-strong Xaar team will undertake a 60-mile London to Cambridge Bike Ride to raise over £2,000 for Breast Cancer Now. Other challenges planned are the Chariots of Fire relay race in September for East Anglia Children’s Hospice and October’s the Byte Night sleep-out in aid of Action for Children.

Richard Barham, Xaar’s chief customer officer, believes building the celebrations around charity events says a lot about Xaar as a company.

He added: “We’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved over the last 25 years, but we know we couldn’t have done it without the advantages that come with being in Cambridge — not only our people but also the superb high-technology support infrastructure that’s in place. By linking our anniversary celebration with support for these charities we are giving something back while also showing that we remain an energetic company with a strong drive to succeed.”

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