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13 January, 2006 - 11:58 By Staff Reporter

US ink jet specialist moves in at St John’s Innovation Centre

Another American ink jet company has recognised the benefits of getting closer to the cluster that helped trigger the Cambridge Phenomenon.Another American ink jet company has recognised the benefits of getting closer to the cluster that helped trigger the Cambridge Phenomenon.

imaging Technology international (iTi), a global designer and manufacturer of industrial ink jet systems headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, has signalled the first stage of its international expansion by opening an office at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge.

R. Bruce Morgan, CEO of iTi, said: “Europe represents over 25 per cent of our turnover so opening an office here is an essential move to support our growing customer base.

“Cambridge is an ideal location given its status as a centre of ink jet development and innovation in Europe.”

iTi has marked the move by appointing Debbie Thorp as vice-president for EMEA operations.

She has worked in digital printing for 17 years, including more than 10 years in senior positions at digital printing consultancies such as Pivotal Resources, CAP Ventures and IT Strategies.

She has also held senior management positions at Xaar plc, and AIP Ltd where she led the business development function of a joint venture between The Technology Partnership and Research Laboratories of Australia.

iTi is a strategic partner of Cambridge ink jet powerhouse Xaar whose FD and deputy chief executive Nigel Berry said: “iTi’s announcement of its corporate representation in Europe is an important value-add for its existing customers, suppliers and partners, and underscores its growth as a global supplier of inkjet development tools and production systems.

“iTi is a strategic partner of Xaar in the area of industrial ink jet development, and having them as a neighbour will help strengthen our ties in core inkjet integration, development, and production markets.”

Founded in 1992, imaging Technology international Corporation (iTi), is an established leader in industrial inkjet integration, with a 14-year track record of engineering, developing, and manufacturing development tools and production systems for high-value production processes.

Besides the presence of its partner Xaar locally, iTi can also learn from the experiences of other ink jet companies in the local cluster.

They include Domino Printing Sciences, Linx Printing Technologies and Willett (both acquired by Washington DC giant Danaher), Videojet – which is based in Huntingdon, and the new generation Inca Digital, a double Queen’s Award winner in 2005.

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