Xeikon – Robert Welford is new vice president R&D
THE NETHERLANDS • Robert Welford was announced by Xeikon as its new vice president of Research and Development. He will also join Xeikon’s Leadership Team when he takes on the role on 1 October 2018.
Welford run the Research and Development Department which includes engineering, ink and toner competence centres, print process and the project management office.
He comes to Xeikon with 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 programme management and ultimately R&D leadership. Among other things, he ran programmes 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) which were recognised as ‘best in class’.
Since leaving the automotive industry, Welford has been associated with the printing industry for 18 years holding several 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 print head technology platforms. His latest position of Director Programme Management Office at Xaar gave him responsibility, amongst other things, for co-development programmes in both America and Asia.