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Agfa and Xaar collaborate

July 20, 2005

Agfa and Xaar collaborate
on new inkjet technology
The high-resolution, UV-cured inkjet printing scene continues to arouse keen interest. Among the latest partnership deals is an agreement between Agfa and Xaar to cooperate in the research, development and manufacturing of Xaar’s second generation OmniDot printheads. This continues an existing working arrangement. The latest five-year agreement gives Agfa access to inkjet technology for applications in commercial, packaging and newspaper printing.
Both companies will have the right to sell the new printheads into their respective markets. To support the expected production volumes and increase the capacity of certain key processes, Agfa has invested around $3.12 million in new equipment at the Xaar manufacturing facility in Jarfalla, Sweden, backed by Xaar’s R&D facilities in Cambridge. The new printheads include both binary and grayscale versions. Ink droplets vary in size according to the application, with high productivity and high coverage work at one end of the scale and high resolution and high quality work at the other.
• Toppan Printing Company of Tokyo says it has developed a UV-cured industrial inkjet printer for on-demand printing. It plans to use the system in its own printing facilities and from next year sell it to other printers. Toppan’s UV-cured inkjet printer uses a new ink drop delivery technique and is said to give near-offset print quality. Press manufacturer Komori Corporation is manufacturing the new UV inkjet printer for Toppan.