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Xeikon names Robert Welford VP R&D

September 25, 2018
By PrintAction Staff

Xeikon is welcoming Robert Welford as its new Vice President of Research and Development, where he will also the company’s Leadership Team. In his new position, Welford will run the Research and Development Department which includes engineering, ink and toner competence centres, print process and the project management office.

Welford comes to Xeikon with a unique R&D perspective, having spent several years in R&D in the automotive industry where he developed a robust and clinical approach to product development, project and program management and R&D leadership, explains Xeikon. Among other things, he ran programs including the implementation of BMW diesel engines into LandRover products and led Power Train activities for the Rover 45 replacement (which became the BMW 1 Series).

Since leaving the automotive industry, he has been associated with the printing industry for 18 years holding numerous positions including Chief Engineer at Fujifilm Electronic Imaging, where he led R&D, manufacturing and production engineering, and oversaw product launches. At Xaar, as Director of R&D, he was responsible for activities from conception through to production and launch on new printhead technology platforms. His latest position of Director Program Management Office at Xaar gave him responsibility, among other things, for co-development programs in both America and Asia.