Xaar and Ricoh partner to develop thin film piezo printhead technology

The Xaar 1201 GS2p5 Printhead.
The Xaar 1201 GS2p5 Printhead.

Industry leaders Xaar and Ricoh have announced a strategic partnership to maximize the benefits from each company’s proven expertise in the development of Thin Film piezo printheads. The collaboration will deliver superior technology and a broader range of printheads that will provide substantial benefits to the customers of both OEM’s. Xaar’s bulk piezo inkjet technology is already used worldwide in industrial printing systems in a wide variety of applications. The first product that’s already benefited from this partnership is the Xaar 1201 GS2p5 Printhead.

Xaar CEO Doug Edwards.
Xaar CEO Doug Edwards.

“This is an important and exciting partnership which enables us to deliver even greater benefits and a wider product portfolio with new technology to our customers” said Doug Edwards, Xaar’s CEO. “This will therefore provide end customers in many industry sectors with improved productivity at lower costs. Strategic collaboration is part of Xaar’s vision which will help us to achieve our ambitious growth plans over the next few years.”

Ricoh is a global technology company that’s been transforming the way people work for more than 80 years. Services and products include document management systems, IT services, production print solutions, visual communications systems, digital cameras and industrial systems. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Ricoh Group operates in approximately 200 countries and regions worldwide.

Xaar is a global leader in the development of inkjet technology and the manufacture of piezoelectric drop-on-demand industrial printheads. The company also develops and sells ink systems and electronics as well as fluid optimization services to accelerate inkjet system development and adoption.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.