PARC Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation

And prepares for the next 50 years.

Fifty years ago, Xerox established the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) to be our advanced technology lab and drive future innovation. Since then, PARC has had a tremendous impact on the world, launching some of the most important technological breakthroughs of our time such as the graphical user interface, Ethernet and laser printing.

Xerox has long defined the modern work experience, starting with the copier, which changed the course of history. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of PARC later this year, Xerox is ramping up our innovation engine to ensure that we can have just as lasting of an impact in the years to come.

“If you look at what they’ve done the last 50 years, it allows us to write for the next 50 years to develop breakthrough technologies,” says Xerox CEO and Vice Chairman, John Visentin.

Our innovation is focused on both our core printing business, where we remain a global leader, adjacent markets such as software and services critical to digital transformation and true research and development that will pay dividends for decades to come.

“There is a renewed focus around new science and technology that will transcend the whole print franchise,” says Xerox Chief Technology Officer Naresh Shanker. “The focus over the next 50 years is what disruptors can we bring to market that will have a substantial impact on both the planet and society.”

In fact, the recent pandemic challenges inspired our scientists, researchers and engineers to collaborate on ways to support the fight against COVID-19. Xerox employees at PARC, our Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), and our Webster facility led initiatives to produce low-cost disposable ventilators, thousands of gallons of hospital-grade sanitizer, and personal protective equipment for healthcare workers using our iGen 5 printer filter within cloth masks.

These efforts by our innovators continue as they work impactful solutions for 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), digital packaging, and cleantech. Throughout the year we will celebrate PARC’s anniversary by highlighting the work being done in these areas as we build on 50 years of innovation at PARC to define the modern work experience. Again.

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