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Xennia expands inkjet ink production, announces Cametrics acquisition

May 21, 2010 12:00 AM

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Xennia Technology Ltd., based in Letchworth, England, with regional sales offices in the United States and China, announces a brand new, purpose-built facility. This will accelerate the company’s ability to supply industrial inkjet inks, offering commercial supply of a range of XenInx specialist inks in production volumes.

“Xennia’s XenInx range of specialist inks offers OEMs in key industrial applications such as ceramics, glass, textiles, packaging and product decoration the performance and quality they need,” says Dr. Alan Hudd, managing director of Xennia, “based on our world-leading ink formulation experience and expertise.”

The XenInx range covers:

  • UV inks, including general purpose pigment color inks, white undercoat and clear hardcoat inks aimed at product and packaging decoration and coating applications, and state of the art pigment textile decoration inks.
  • Solvent/oil-based inks, including ceramic tile decoration and decal printing inks, a high quality full colour pigment ink based on ecosolvents, and a specialist ink for decorating PVB glass laminate films.
  • Aqueous inks, including reactive, disperse and acid dye-based inks for textile decoration, and a low viscosity aqueous UV cure ink for packaging and product decoration.
  • Specialist functional inks for printed electronics and other applications.

“We have been manufacturing and supplying niche inks to customers for many years, but this facility represents a quantum leap in our ability to supply in industrial quantities,” says Hudd.

Xennia Technology Ltd. also announces the planned acquisition of UK-based specialized digital printing software company Cametrics, furthering the capabilities and integration of its module portfolio. The companies have agreed on the most important terms, subject to due diligence the acquisition will be completed within the next few months.

Xennia’s modular approach makes inkjet implementation straightforward for OEMs in key industrial applications such as ceramics, glass, textiles, packaging and product decoration. XenJet inkjet modules form a comprehensive suite comprising print engines, maintenance units, fluid controllers and software, backed up by integration packages supporting OEMs implementing inkjet processes based on these modules and XenInx inks and fluids.

XenJet Cygnus, Xennia’s print software module, provides a “printer manager” capable of running all modules of the printing system, including the print engine, fluid controllers, maintenance, motion and UV. Cygnus prints image files in any standard image format and handles variable data, such as barcodes and serial numbers, which change from print to print. Cygnus is based around Cametrics’ iXpressia PrintEngine product, which supports image input in standard file formats, ICC colour management, raster image processing (RIP), print swath generation and variable image elements. PrintEngine controls all major industrial piezo printheads, and handles all inkjet printing configurations.

Xennia’s products are being showcased at Ipex 2010.