Cambridge – Chinese tile manufacturer Inol Ceramics has adopted the Xaar 2001+ printhead because it delivers the perfect combination of speed, quality and high ink laydown, enabling the company to print the latest complex tile designs and to differentiate itself from its competitors.
Based in Foshan, China, Inol Ceramics Ltd works closely with Italian design companies to manufacture quality ceramic tiles and distribute them internationally. Having used Xaar printheads since 2013 and operating more than 10 machines with Xaar printhead technology, Inol saw that the Xaar 2001+ provided them with the capability to achieve the high print quality and high productivity required to produce the latest tile designs.
With its 720 dpi resolution and maximum ink laydown of 40 g/m2 at 25 m/min line speed, the Xaar 2001+ GS12 produces tiles with higher definition. This results in delicate textures and natural, realistic colors. In addition, Inol has found that designs with a significant use of black, which require very high ink laydown requirements, are easily produced, avoiding issues of lining or possible ink starvation that they have seen with other printheads.
The upgrade to the Xaar 2001+ has allowed Inol to expand its product range as well as producing a significant improvement in cost efficiency. In addition, a stronger emphasis on creativity has enabled the business to serve the market with higher quality products and helped to enhance its brand image, reinforcing its status in China as a leading tile manufacturer.
“We’ve had direct feedback from customers complimenting the clear colors and richer layering on our latest tile designs,” says Wo Wai Hao, Deputy General Manager of Inol. “The Xaar 2001+ not only produces tiles with stronger colors; it has also helped us achieve true product differentiation by allowing us to create more unique and innovative designs.”
Gerard Winn, Senior Product Manager at Xaar, said: “We are delighted that the Xaar 2001+ printhead has been chosen by Inol Ceramics. With its productivity and reliability in single-pass applications, it provides the performance, durability and high laydown capabilities that ceramics manufacturers need to get ahead of their competitors.”