Lexmark is celebrating its 20th birthday. Formed as a spin-off from IBM on 27 March 1991, Lexmark has grown to become an industry leader in the printing and imaging market.

During its 20-year history, Lexmark has achieved a number of milestones and industry firsts. The company has identified the top 20:
1991 – Lexmark was formed as a spin-out of IBM, headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, US;
1992 – Lexmark reveals its first inkjet printer, the IBM Colour Jetprinter PS 4079 (October);
1993 – Lexmark introduces its first inkjet printer with an internally developed engine (monochrome printing), the IBM ExecJet II 4076 (October);
1994 – Lexmark introduces the industry’s first true 1 200 x 1 200 dots per inch (dpi) laser printers – the Optra family (October);
1995 – Lexmark becomes a public company and is listed on the New York Exchange under the symbol “LXK.” (November);
1996 – Lexmark moves its corporate headquarters from Greenwich, Connecticut, to Lexington, Kentucky, US (September);
1997 – The industry's first inkjet device capable of printing 1 200 x 1 200 dpi is announced – Lexmark 7000 Colour Jetprinter (April);
1998 – Lexmark launches the industry’s first two-in-one printer, the Lexmark 5770 Photo Jetprinter, allowing users to edit, print and store digital photos without a PC (October);
1999 – Lexmark begins selling its offerings in the area of managed print services, which includes asset and consumables management, maintenance services and consulting services (April);
2000 – Lexmark opens a bottle assembly plant in Cebu, Philippines, to produce integrated printheads to meet worldwide demand for the first time (January);
2001 – Lexmark announces the Lexmark X820e, the company’s first product to feature Lexmark’s e-Task touch screen interface (October);
2002 – Lexmark announces a strategic alliance with Dell to develop and produce Dell inkjet and laser printers and related aftermarket cartridges (September);
2003 – Lexmark’s Equipment Collection Program recycling initiative is launched (September);
2004 – Lexmark begins collecting empty inkjet cartridges as part of the Lexmark Cartridge Collection Program, formerly named Operation ReSource (January);
2005 – Lexmark introduces the Lexmark P4350, the industry’s first all-in-one inkjet printer with a colour LCD screen (April);
2006 – Lexmark introduces its first open architecture solutions platform, the Lexmark Embedded Solutions Framework (February);
2007 – Lexmark announces it will offer customers the broadest, most affordable range of wireless printers. Eight out of 12 of Lexmark’s new inkjet printers have wireless capabilities spanning four-in-one and single-function printer categories (April);
2008 – Lexmark begins a major expansion and enhancement of its laser product line-up, announcing a combination of 38 new printers and multifunction products (October);
2009 – Lexmark launches a full line of eight All-in-One (AIO) inkjet printers for small to medium-sized businesses, inlcuding the first Web-connected line of inkjet AIOs and the lowest black printing cost in the inkjet industry (September);
2010 – Lexmark acquires Perceptive Software to expand its market opportunity and strengthen its document workflow solutions portfolio (June);
2011 – In Europe, Lexmark Genesis is announced, a powerful inkjet AIO that has built-in innovative Flash Scan camera technology, transferring a page from document to digital in as few as three seconds (January).
“We started out as a printer manufacturer 20 years ago but over time have grown and developed our technology and expertise to offer a whole range of products and services,” says Mark Hiller, GM of Lexmark South Africa. “Today, we help customers from home offices and small businesses right up to large enterprises produce top quality printing as well as manage their paper based processes in the most efficient way.”
Paul Rooke, Lexmark president and CEO, comments: "Our customer intimacy and industry-leading technology, coupled with the dedication and commitment of our employees, has driven our success and will be key to our future. I am excited about the market opportunities ahead and believe Lexmark’s expanding technology base and deep customer insight will continue to serve us well in the years to come.”