Inca Digital's new manufacturing facility and head office in Cambridge is opened today by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire1, Hugh Duberly CBE, who last visited Inca in 2005 to present two Queen's Awards for Enterprise.
Inca manufactures the Inca Onset and Spyder series of UV flatbed inkjet printers which are used worldwide to produce large format display graphics. Since its foundation in 2000, Inca gradually expanded into several additional buildings in order to meet global demand for its innovative products. The company's move to new, larger premises not only increases the floor area of its facilities to 5,869 sqm, but also brings a more efficient manufacturing process under one roof and increases overall production capacity. The new site also provides larger and improved support, training, clean-room and stores facilities with scope for future growth.
Inca was keen to preserve its Cambridge roots, not only because the city is a key centre of inkjet knowledge and expertise, but also to maintain the close links that Inca has established with Cambridge University and other inkjet technology groups. Inca's keen focus on product development has allowed the company to bring a new product to market every 18-24 months. The success of the current Onset series worldwide has raised the quality bar in digitally printed graphics and has demonstrated the considerable demand for fast turnaround, quality display graphics on a wide range of materials and at a competitive price.
"This move is a significant milestone in our growth and marks the start of an exciting new phase for Inca," says Bill Baxter, Inca CEO. "Despite a difficult economy, we have grown in a highly competitive market to meet the increasing demand from companies around the world who want to invest in high-performance equipment. Many are taking second and third machines as they start to switch to total digital print production, moving away from traditional screen print. We are proud to be leading this change to a cleaner, better and more cost-effective print technology."
Originally founded in 2000 by Bill Baxter and a small team from Cambridge Consultants, it was then acquired by Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. in 2005. With substantial support from Dainippon Screen Head Office, Inca has evolved into a successful £36 million (Euro 45.5 million) business that employs around 200 people today. These new, larger premises give the company the opportunity to continue the growth that it has achieved since these beginnings.