08 February 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8 February 2008
EFI-JETRION TO USE XAAR 1001 PRINTHEAD
IN NEW LABEL PRESSES
Alliance brings increased affordability, flexibility to narrow web converters
Xaar plc ('Xaar'), the inkjet printing technology group headquartered in
Cambridge, and EFI-Jetrion today announce an agreement whereby Xaar's
revolutionary 1001 piezoelectric printheads will be supplied for use in
EFI-Jetrion's 4000 Series full colour UV label printers for the first time.
Earlier models of this printing press were first shown last autumn at Labelexpo
Europe; the Jetrion 4000 Series of UV inkjet printers bring narrow web
converters an affordable, full-color alternative to toner-based printers. By
incorporating Xaar's latest inkjet technology into the Jetrion 4000 series
printers, converters will benefit from added flexibility and cost-effectiveness
for applications such as labels, tags, forms and tickets on a variety of
substrates. Available in web widths of 5.5' (139 mm) or 8.3' (210 mm), the
printer uses 8 or 12 Xaar 1001 heads.
According to Dr Kenneth Stack, Vice President and General Manager of
EFI-Jetrion: 'We chose the Xaar 1001 head because we needed a printhead that
offered the high reliability required for web applications. With Xaar's
dynamically variable drop size capability, the Xaar 1001 means EFI Jetrion's
4000 Series can take full advantage of Jetrion's industry leading ink technology
and EFI's Fiery XF colour management solutions.'
Chris Lynn, VP Sales & Marketing of Xaar's US subsidiary company, added: 'We're
delighted to formalise our long-standing relationship with EFI-Jetrion through
this agreement, and excited about the growing prospects for use of our inkjet
technology in narrow web digital printing. By controlling all aspects of the
printing process, from colour correction to ink formulation, EFI-Jetrion has
achieved stunning image quality that is sure to accelerate market demand for
these digital solutions.'
As part of this agreement, Xaar is qualifying EFI-Jetrion's range of UV inks for
use with the Xaar 1001 printhead to ensure that a functional, integrated
solution is delivered to the market.
The integration of Xaar's technology into these high quality digital printers
highlights Xaar's growing presence in the digital label printing industry.
Xaar's unique combination of 'greyscale' (dynamically variable drops) and its
patented Hybrid Side-ShooterTM platform with TF TechnologyTM is ideal for
high-quality, single-pass printing: fine details, smooth tones and readable text
can be reproduced reliably and consistently.
Xaar-enabled Jetrion 4000 digital label printers are available immediately for
early customer shipments and are expected to be available in production
quantities by 2nd Quarter 2008.
Xaar plc: 01223-423663
Ian Dinwoodie, Chief Executive www.xaar.com
Nigel Berry, Group Finance Director
Steve Liebmann 020-7367-8883 / 07802-888159
Xaar is the world's leading supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and
peripheral equipment to commercial printing and industrial manufacturing
markets. Xaar's innovative technology offers OEM customers and licensees
commercial advantage through product differentiation, productivity, and faster
time-to-market. Additional information about Xaar is available at www.xaar.com
EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in customer-focused digital printing
innovation. EFI's award-winning solutions, integrated from creation to print,
deliver increased performance, cost savings and productivity. The company's
robust product portfolio includes Fiery(R) digital color print servers; VUTEk(R)
superwide digital inkjet printers, UV and solvent inks; Jetrion(R) industrial
inkjet printing systems; print production workflow and management information
software; and corporate printing solutions. EFI maintains 23 offices worldwide.
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