Sales are up at Xaar, and customers have embraced its Aquinox printhead with two new machines already in development – ahead of the group’s expectations.
Xaar spent Euro 1.2 million to reorganize its manufacturing facility
Announcing Xaar’s results for calendar year 2022 on 28 March, CEO John Mills said that Aquinox had been well received by customers who’ve taken test kits.
The four-month-old aqueous head, which is known for its jetting capabilities and potential transformative effects on many markets, was launched in March.
“We’ve made assertions about the product and the really gratifying thing is that customers that have tested it have validated the points we made,” Mills said.
He added, “What we’ve found is that we can actually formulate the ink to be much higher viscosity, with much more pigment, and because of that you don’t need a primer. And because you’re putting twice as much pigment into the ink, you effectively print quicker.”
These factors were credited with boosting net productivity by customers.
The first machines to be developed will be used for textiles, as well as direct-to-garment printing (DTG) using pigmented dye ink. Aquinox can handle reactive dyes inks.