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Cambridge: 14th October 2016 – Business owners of Oscar for Porcelain and Ceramic Production Srl (Oscar Ceramics), based in Sassuolo, Italy, took over this Italian tile manufacturer in 2015. A key focus for the business since the ownership change has been on production efficiency, with a tight control of production costs and quality.

“Production efficiency has been a major focus for us”, says Enrico Ascari, Director at Oscar. “It’s important for us to control the costs, quality and quantity of the tiles we produce”.

The Xaar 1003 printhead, which the tile manufacturer adopted for digital ceramic tile decoration in February 2016, has played an important part in the company’s efficiency drive by helping to dramatically improve production uptime and throughput, whilst delivering a high quality print onto their tiles.

Andrea Porta, Chief Designer at Oscar Ceramics, whose wide-ranging role involves creating tile designs as well as running the production line, has been delighted with the results after moving to the Xaar 1003.  “There are two principal challenges that I have to fight every day”, he says.  “One challenge is to be more flexible with production because the batch sizes are getting smaller. Another challenge is to produce the best print quality possible, as quickly as possible and without downtime, loss of production or loss of my own time. With this new printhead I have dramatically decreased machine downtime as printhead maintenance is required only once or twice in every 24 hours. This means I can increase production significantly”.  Andrea also says that since he usually handles printhead cleaning whilst the operators stop production to clean the glazing line, there is no additional loss of production due to printhead maintenance.

As Chief Designer at Oscar Ceramics, Andrea is also focused on producing the very best print quality too.  “As a designer I spend a lot of time researching and developing new designs. With this new printhead, all my work is printed well. We have hundreds of designs, hundreds of products, hundreds of images in production.  All my pictures, all my designs, all my work is safe with the Xaar 1003”.

As an added bonus, Oscar Ceramics found that when they moved from using the Xaar 1002 to the Xaar 1003 printheads, the integration couldn’t have been easier since the printheads are backward compatible with the Xaar 1002. “All we had to do was change the printhead and push start on the printer; there were no problems”, says Andrea Porta.

The market-leading Xaar 1003 is available in three variants: the Xaar 1003 GS12 (rich colours or higher speeds), the Xaar 1003 GS6 (for fine detail) and the Xaar 1003 GS40 (for special effects).

Importantly, any tile manufacturer can benefit, just like Oscar Ceramics has done; it is simple and quick and economic to increase printer performance by upgrading one or more printbars.  Watch the Oscar Ceramics video for more:


 Andrea Porta





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Caption: Andrea Porta, Technician, Oscar Ceramics
Caption:  The Xaar 1003 printhead

About Xaar
Xaar is a world-leader in the development of inkjet technology and manufacture of piezoelectric drop-on-demand industrial printheads. The company also develops and sells ink systems, electronics and fluid optimisation services to accelerate inkjet system development and adoption. Xaar printheads incorporate patented technology which delivers unbeatable performance when decorating, patterning, depositing functional coatings on, or adding structure to, a variety of industrial and consumer products. Today leading manufacturers worldwide, in sectors ranging from ceramics, wide-format graphics and labels to direct-to-shape packaging and decorative laminates, choose Xaar’s printheads because they are extremely precise, exceptionally versatile, incredibly reliable, and designed for high-volume production. Additional information about Xaar is available at

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Cambridge: 11th October 2016 – Xaar plc, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, is delighted to announce the five winners of the Tecnargilla Xaar 2001 €100K Prize Draw. Agati & Carianni, Gemma Ceramic & Porcelain Tiles, Orient Bell Limited, Paradyz Ceramika and Seramiksan have each won €20,000 towards a ceramic tile printer featuring the new Xaar 2001 or Xaar 2001+ printheads, which can be purchased from Xaar’s OEM partners. Read the rest of this entry »

EFI Cretaprint, KERAJet, Projecta Engineering and TecnoFerrari are first to show Xaar 2001-enabled printers at Tecnargilla (26th ‒ 30th September, Rimini) this week.

Cambridge: 26th September 2016 – Xaar plc, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, is delighted to announce that several leading printer manufacturers are launching ceramic tile decoration machines featuring the new Xaar 2001 GS12C and 2001+ family of printheads at Tecnargilla this week. Read the rest of this entry »

To help the Tecnargilla show get off to an exciting start, this year Xaar will be offering an enticing prize giveaway for ceramic tile manufacturers. 

Five lucky winners will each receive €20,000 towards a ceramic tile printer featuring the new Xaar 2001 or Xaar 2001+ printheads (terms and conditions apply).

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Cambridge: 16th September 2016 – Xaar plc, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, is delighted to announce that Zhengzhou New Century Digital Print Technology Co. Ltd (New Century) is the latest OEM partner to develop and launch wide-format inkjet printers based on the innovative new Xaar 1201 Thin Film piezo printhead.  

The range of printers recently launched by New Century include roll-to-roll aqueous and eco-solvent Sky-Color printer models using the new Xaar 1201 printhead in 1, 2 and 4 colour variants. These new printers will be on show at Sign China 2016 from 19 – 22 September, Shanghai, China (Hall W5, Stand C05).

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Cambridge: 14th September 2016 – Xaar plc, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, is pleased to announce that the innovative Xaar Print Bar System will be shown at SGIA by Xaar’s recently-acquired industrial inkjet specialist company, Engineered Printing Solutions (EPS) (Booth 1931, 14-16th September, Las Vegas).

The Xaar Print Bar System is a highly flexible and complete inkjet system that can be integrated with a wide variety of analogue and digital presses and converting equipment to add single-pass digital printing capability.

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Cambridge: 13th September 2016 – Xaar plc, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, is delighted to announce the launch of the new Xaar 2001+ family of printheads.

With this new printhead family tile manufacturers can easily implement new designs to respond to changing fashions and tastes, efficiently manage production changes from one day to the next and benefit from the longest maintenance-free production runs in the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Cambridge: 2nd June 2016 ‒ Xaar, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, and Ricoh announce a strategic partnership to maximise the benefits from each company’s considerable expertise in Thin Film piezo printhead development. 

The collaboration between Xaar and Ricoh will deliver superior technology and a broader range of printheads which will provide substantial benefits to the customers of both Xaar and Ricoh. Read the rest of this entry »

Cambridge: 20th May 2016 - Xaar, the world’s leading inkjet technology specialist, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Oscar Planas as Director of Sales Americas, effectively immediately.

Oscar has over 30 years’ international experience working with companies such as 3M, Imation, KPG and Kodak. Most recently he was Transition Manager Micro 3D Printing & Packaging for Kodak. Read the rest of this entry »

Cambridge: 4th April 2016 ‒ Xaar, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, will present its range of premium inkjet printheads and products, announce a number of exciting new developments and launch a new Thin Film silicon MEMS technology platform at drupa (Hall 6 Stand C05).

Xaar’s printheads are at the heart of a vast number of industrial inkjet print systems around the world delivering both production efficiencies and increased manufacturing capabilities only possible using inkjet technology.

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