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Xaar is “pleased with progress” at its half-year and has revealed that a major player in textiles is among the first OEM partners for its new 5601 aqueous printhead.

The inkjet developer officially launched the new thin film printhead at Drupa.

Chief executive Doug Edwards said that following 60 successful demonstrations to potential partners at the show, it was now engaging with the first tranche of OEMs to integrate the head into their products.

“We are working with a major player in textiles that will launch in the middle of next year, and also with a large commercial and office printer manufacturer, and a wide-format graphics company,” Edwards said.

Xaar sales slipped by nearly 7% in the six months to  June, but the group said it was pleased with overall progress and highlighted the potential for its pipeline of new products.