Xerox expands toner production

Xerox has completed a $35 million project to increase manufacturing capacity of its emulsion aggregation (EA) toner capacity by 40 percent. This involved additional building at the plant in Webster, New York, taking it from 100,000 square-feet to 155,000 square-feet. But the bulk of the cost, some $26 million, is down to a new manufacturing line and new toner filling line, which is expected to create about 54 new jobs, consisting of process operators, quality control, lab personnel and additional maintenance staff.

Unlike traditional toner, which is created by physically grinding composite polymeric materials to micron-sized particles, EA toner is chemically grown enabling the size, shape and structure of the particles to be precisely controlled. Xerox claims that this produces sharper images using less toner per page.

The additional capacity is to cope with a continuing growth in production digital color toner-based pages, which InfoTrends estimates will have grown at a 6.2% compound annual growth rate between 2013 and 2018, amounting to 295 billion pages globally by 2018.






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