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Monday 28 April, 2008

Xaar PLC

Drupa exhibition preview

Xaar PLC
28 April 2008




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              28 April 2008

                                    Xaar plc

                            DRUPA EXHIBITION PREVIEW

                      THEME: 'UNLEASH THE POWER OF INKJET'


Xaar plc ('Xaar'), the inkjet printing technology group headquartered in
Cambridge, will be exhibiting at Drupa 2008, the international printing
equipment exhibition held every four years in Dusseldorf. Xaar will be
exhibiting at: Hall 4; Stand E10; 29 May to 11 June 2008.

-   Partner OEMs to launch a record number of new Xaar-enabled printers
    at show

-   Spotlight on latest XaarDOT(TM) variable drop (greyscale) jetting
    capability for commercial level applications

-   Xaar will demonstrate the potential of commercial level single-pass
    inkjet printing

A large number of Xaar printhead-enabled printers is expected to be demonstrated
at Drupa by key industry suppliers, including at least six new products making
their worldwide debut. This sets a new record for Xaar and is the driving the
force behind Xaar's 'Unleash the power of inkjet' theme for the show.

Designed for high-speed, single-pass and scanning applications, the latest Xaar
1001 printhead is based on Xaar's innovative Hybrid Side-Shooter(TM) and TF
Technology(TM) (Through-Flow Technology) which ensure accurate drop control,
outstanding quality, productivity and reliability. All the new products to be
launched at Drupa rely on either the Xaar 1001 (Platform 3) or the Xaar 760
(Platform 2) and XaarDOT (Xaar Drop Optimisation Technology) for their high-end
performance.


Xaar 1001 printhead

New products powered by the latest Xaar 1001 printhead will be launched at the
show including:

(* products making their worldwide debut at Drupa)

-   UV wide format printing: the ONE SOLUTION Meital 3000-10* wide format UV 
    flatbed printer (Stand 9E03) has the ability to vary the drop size from 6 pl
    to 42 pl. It delivers photo-realistic quality and production speeds of up 
    to 410 sq.m./hour. The Meital 3000-10 is setting new standards in terms of 
    quality, speed and ease of use.

-   UV single-pass web printing: the FFEI/Nilpeter Caslon label printer (Xaar 
    Stand 4E10); the Beijing Founder Web Printer* (Stand 5B24) the JF Machines
    Narrow Web Press (Xaar Stand 4E10); and the EFI Jetrion 4000 (Stand 5C01) - 
    all printing high quality labels and narrow web packaging at speeds that 
    match that of conventional print.

-   Industrial printing: Xennia (Stand 7AC09) will be showcasing a number
    of machines which incorporate the Xaar 1001 head into printers designed for
    manufacturing applications.

-   Plus...several more innovative printers are expected to be launched
    at the show when further details will become available.


Other Xaar printheads

-   UV wide format hybrid printing: the Agfa Anapurna XLS* (Stand 8B63)
    and the Mutoh Zephyr (Stand 9B43)

-   Industrial printing: The Impika C9000 (Stand 10B24-1) card and
    security printing

-   Xaar licensees: Xaar licensees will also be exhibiting at the show
    including Konica Minolta, Seiko and Toshiba-Tec

There will be additional Xaar-enabled wide format, narrow web, label, textile
and ceramics inkjet products at Drupa demonstrating the considerable flexibility
and potential of its printhead range.


Xaar to demonstrate its innovative 'single-pass' technology

Xaar's on-stand technology demonstrations will illustrate the performance and
added-value potential of its latest printheads for commercial applications.
Three single-pass inkjet products will show the Xaar 1001 producing high
quality, high-speed, single-pass printing producing fine detail and readable
small text, as well as smooth tones.

High-speed, real time, variable data label printing will be demonstrated with
the Xaar 1001 greyscale inkjet printhead on a continuous narrow web using the
new ixPressia colour label software. ixPressia's new label product is optimised
for label printing applications and includes advanced technology to maximise
speed and throughput. A key feature is the ability to generate label images in
real time in full colour with variable data. Its greyscale screening technology
complements the Xaar 1001 greyscale printhead.

Xaar will demonstrate the flexibility and benefits of XaarDOT and its range of
drop formation options with its ability to fine tune them to specific
applications. XaarDOT is versatile in giving printers the choice of what drop
size or resolution to use for a specific job, both in terms of image quality and
substrate flexibility.

'With competition ever-increasing in the print world it is essential you
consider how best to add value to your printed output,' says Ian Dinwoodie, Xaar
CEO. 'Digital print provides flexibility and choice and the potential of new
market opportunity through variable data, customisation and short run
capabilities. Understanding how digital print can be achieved with leading-edge
inkjet technology and how you can choose the right product for your business to
maximise profit is critical, but not always easy. Inkjet is on the rise and,
more than ever, is becoming a mainstream technology that can be applied
alongside traditional technologies or as a direct replacement for conventional
print technologies. Recent developments in inkjet technology have overcome the
issues of poor quality, reliability and productivity. Drupa will be a
significant showcase for many of these developments.'



Contacts

Xaar plc:                                                          01223-423663
Ian Dinwoodie, Chief Executive                                     www.xaar.com
Andrew Taylor, Finance Director

Bankside Consultants:
Steve Liebmann                                     020-7367-8883 / 07802-888159




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