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CompaTech named as Sensient’s European distributor

May 12, 2015

compatech logoThe company has been named as European distributor for the desktop inks portfolio.

Sensient Imaging Technologies SA, a business unit of Sensient Technologies Corporation which recently revealed its quarterly results, has extended its distribution agreement with CompaTech to name the Germany company as its European distributor for desktop inks. CompaTech has been distributing Sensient products “aimed at refilling desktop cartridges” in Germany since 2007, and is said to have “developed a strong network” there.

This network includes “refill shops, industrial refillers and other actors [in] the market”, and the products provided include “a full line of inks, materials and ancillary products” that help it to offer “a high level of service, dedication and efficiency”. The collaboration now expands out of Germany into the rest of Europe, with all customer orders handled by CompaTech since 1 March. The company’s warehouse will be relocated in total to Wuppertal in Germany by 1 June.

Mike Mordente, Sensient’s General Manager for Global Inks, stated: “We are very much looking forward to improving the service to our customers. We are certain that the complement of our products and the offer of CompaTech will be beneficial to the market and enhance the value of our desktop inks.”

Klaus Baumann, CEO of CompaTech, added: “It is a great recognition of our work in the last seven years, which honours the team of CompaTech. We thank you for the trust. CompaTech will be a reliable partner for Sensient in the future. We look forward to the new tasks and a good cooperation.”

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DCI/Jet Tec launches remanufactured Epson inkjet cartridges

May 12, 2015

The UK remanufacturer has released a range of remanufactured inkjet cartridges.dcijettecfactory

The remanufactured inkjets are replacements for the Epson T24 and T26 cartridges, and come “in quick succession” after new remanufactured Brother toner cartridges released earlier this month. The remanufacturer also previously released remanufactured Canon cartridges.

DCI/Jet Tec noted that as “one of the most recognised brands in the industry” it is “certain that [its] dedication to quality as well as on-going research and development are just some of the factors [of its] success”. It added that it is “confident that [its] investment into research and development as well as [its] passion for ensuring consistently high production standards has guaranteed not only the best quality products, but has also given the company longevity and success that surpasses many of those within the same industry”.

For more information, visit www.jettec.com.

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Sensient parent company discloses 1Q2015 results

May 12, 2015

Sensient logoThe ink manufacturer’s parent company recorded revenue of $346.2 million, down 5.7 percent from the 2014 figure of $367.1 million.

Consolidated revenue was $346.2 million (€310.2 million) for the first quarter of 2015 and $367.1 million (€328.9 million) for the same period in 2014, with reported assets also falling from $817,221 (€732,342) to $734,182 (€657,928) this year, while operating income was recorded at $46.4 million (€41.5 million) and $8.6 million (€7.7 million) in the first quarters of 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Sensient introduced a restructuring plan in 2014 to clear out underperforming operations and consolidate its manufacturing facilities, the costs of which were included in the 1Q  2015 report. Restructuring costs brought down operating income by $7.1 million (€6.3 million), in the 2015 quarter and $46.2 million (€41.4 million), in the first quarter of 2014.

Further adjusted results, which are calculated without the restructuring costs and as such reflect the group’s “overall performance”, included adjusted operating income of $53.6 million (€48 million) in this year’s first quarter compared to $54.8 million (€49.1 million) in the first quarter of 2014, with adjusted operating margin increasing 60 basis points to 15.5 percent.

Looking at the different divisions, the Color Group had revenue of $120.5 million (€107.9 million) and $133.0 million (€119.1 million) in the first quarters of 2015 and 2014 respectively, while operating income was $26.1 million (€23.3 million) in the quarter compared to $29.8 million (€26.7 million) last year. The food and beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical businesses all reported “solid local currency profit growth” in 1Q2015. Sensient anticipates that “foreign currency will have a significant impact” on its 2015 results.

Paul Manning, President and CEO of Sensient Technologies, said: “We delivered a solid performance in the first quarter. The Flavors and Fragrances Group grew both revenue and operating income in local currency, and most of the businesses in the Color Group also reported local currency profit growth.

“I was also pleased with our cash flow results and the inventory reduction achieved in the quarter. Our strategy is working, and we remain committed to delivering sustainable long term value to our shareholders.”

 

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Sensient buys UK ink manufacturer

May 8, 2015

The US-based ink, flavouring and colour manufacturer has purchased Xennia, which produces textile inks.Sensient logo

JSOnline reported on the acquisition by Sensient of Xennia Technology Ltd., which manufactures digital inks for “printing on textiles and other materials”. Sensient stated that “it expects to close on the purchase in the third quarter”, with Xennia having recorded a revenue of around $11 million (€9.8 million) in 2014.

Xennia’s product lines consist of “reactive, acid and sublimation inks”, and the business is currently owned by Royal Ten Cate NV, a Dutch producer of “functional materials”. Sensient recently released a new sublimation ink range in March this year, and was reported last October to have agreed a new credit arrangement with its parent company Sensient Technologies Corporation.

Paul Manning, President and CEO of Sensient, stated: “We are very excited about the expertise and opportunities that Xennia will provide. Xennia’s strong technical capabilities will broaden our product offering and accelerate our access to important customers and markets for our inks business.”

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Brother launches new inkjet AIOs

May 7, 2015

The Business Smart Plus MFC-J5920DW and Business Smart Pro MFC-J6925DW feature the OEMs new INKvestment cartridges.

Brother's MFC-J5920DW

Brother’s MFC-J5920DW

The new inkjet cartridges “enable high print volume small office and home office users to lower their total cost of ownership” without “sacrificing quality or business functionality”, and are super high yield with 2,400 pages in black and 1,200 pages in colour. Brother refers to the cartridges as aimed at “higher volume business inkjet users”, with total cost of ownership of $25 (€22) for the black and $151 (€132) for the colours.

The two new devices are in the Business Smart and Business Smart Pro line-ups, with the former adding the MFC-J5920DW and the latter the MFC-J6925DW. Both machines offer a cost per page of around $0.01 (€0.009) in black and $0.05 (€0.04) in colour “without sacrificing print speed or quality”, and feature dual paper trays alongside print speeds of 22ppm in black and 20ppm in colour.

Other features of the two machines include 500-sheet total paper capacity, a 3.7-inch colour touchscreen, and mobile printing compatibility with AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria and Brother’s Wi-Fi Direct and iPrint & Scan applications. The MFC-J5920DW features a 50-sheet capacity automatic document feeder (ADF), while the MFC-J6925DW features a 35-sheet capacity ADF, and both printers include cloud compatibility with Google, Dropbox, Evernote and other systems.

Eric M. Dahl, Brother’s Director of Marketing for SOHO Products, stated: “Through conversations with small business owners and those working in small or home offices, we know print costs remain a concern, especially for high print volume businesses. Our customers tell us that within printer and multi-function products, cost-efficiency must be paired with reliability and innovative functionality to fit within a small business workflow.

“INKvestment cartridge compatible models offer hardware value combined with a lower printing cost alternative while we continue to deliver high volume paper handling, mobile device and cloud connectivity, and the fast print speeds that are expected of our Business Smart line-up.”

The MFC-J5920DW and MFC-J6925DW are available now for $299 (€263) and $349 (€307) respectively.

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Wide-format expert discusses industry developments

April 24, 2015

Sean Smyth (Credit: My Print Resource)

Sean Smyth (Credit: My Print Resource)

Print Consultant Sean Smyth told My Print Resource that the market is seeing “new business avenues” and “rapidly changing” technologies.

The news outlet spoke to Smyth about “technological developments and application trends within the wide-format space”. He stated that inkjet print is “taking a share from the analogue space”, while “interesting possibilities are being researched” at an industrial level, and noted that in terms of application “users are exploring new business avenues” including “visual communication, interior decoration, textile, commercial printing, packaging and emerging industrial sectors”.

The wide-format sector is “also taking a critical approach towards its processes and their environmental impact”, he added, with sustainability “a key trend” and discussions on “advantages and disadvantages” of ink types, substrates, energy usage and recycling “demonstrate[ing] the environmental consciousness of the industry”. He also believes that textile, print interior decoration and industrial production – which My Print Resource highlighted as “recurrent words” in the industry – are “all important growing areas for wide-format and high-end inkjet as a whole”.

Inkjet technology can “provide quality, productivity, economic short run printing capability and quick turnaround”, and all of these benefits “have been recognised and increasingly exploited”. In textile printing, Smyth pointed to a “noticeable shift from low labour cost-based supply to digital-based premium applications”, providing “fast delivery in roll-to-roll and direct-to-garment” items. This, together with “increasing emphasis on quality” is “extremely positive”, as it “acknowledges digital textile print as an added value to open up new business opportunities”.

In technology terms, Smyth believes inkjet is the “most rapidly-changing area within the print industry”, as all of its elements “contribute to push the technology forward”. He added that ink manufacturers “are focused on broadening the range of formulations” to add to the applications of inkjet, while “workflow is becoming increasingly important” because it allows “end-to-end control across the production and ordering chain”.

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“Invisible” inks could aid fight against counterfeiting

April 24, 2015

The fluorescent inks, which can be printed with an inkjet printer, could be used in barcodes to help consumers authenticate products.inkjet

European Coatings reported on the development by researchers at Northwestern University, who have invented fluorescent inks that “could be used as multi-coloured barcodes for consumers to authenticate products” and avoid using counterfeits. The ink is said to be “very difficult for counterfeiters to mimic”, and can be used in a standard inkjet printer to create barcodes or QR codes for “proof of authenticity”.

The inks can be made in “single colours or as multicolour gradients”, and depend on the “amounts and interaction of three different ‘ingredient’ molecules”, providing a “built-in ‘molecular encryption’ tool”. Even a “tiny tweak” to the composition of the ink would result in a “significant colour change”, and by taking a photo of the barcode on a smartphone camera with UV light, any user would be able to tell “if the item is real”.

Manufacturers can control the recipe of the ink, which is what would make it “virtually impossible” for counterfeiters to imitate, and even the ink’s inventors “would not be able to reverse engineer the process without a detailed knowledge of the encryption settings”. The researchers “stumbled across” the ink “serendipitously”, with the composition of the ink including cyclodextrin (a sugar), a “competitive binding agent” and a molecule called heterorotaxane.

The heterorotaxane’s fluorescence “changes along a spectrum of red to yellow to green”, and an “infinite number of combinations can be defined”. It’s this combination, and the interaction with the other parts of the ink, that causes the colour change, which is “difficult to predict” and presents the ink’s security as an anti-counterfeiting measure. The ink is also sensitive “to the surface to which it is applied”, so different paper types can be identified.

The authentication of the ink can be achieved by “wiping some wet authentication wipes on top of the fluorescent image”, which causes the colours to change “under UV light”. Researchers involved in the discovery said the “smart technology […] allows people to create their own security code by manually setting all the critical parameters. One can imagine that it would be virtually impossible for someone to reproduce the information unless they knew exactly all the parameters”.

Sir Fraser Stoddart from Northwestern University, the senior author of the study, added: “We have introduced a level of complexity not seen before in tools to combat counterfeiters. Our inks are similar to the proprietary formulations of soft drinks. One could approximate their flavour using other ingredients, but it would be impossible to match the flavour exactly without a precise knowledge of the recipe.

“The rather unusual relationship between the composition of the inks and their colour makes them ideal for security applications where it’s desirable to keep certain information encrypted or to have brand items with unique labels that can be authenticated easily.”

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Truck carrying inkjet cartridges crashes in US

April 24, 2015

Workmen clearing the inkjet spill (Credit: Kristi King/WTOP)

Workmen clearing the inkjet spill (Credit: Kristi King/WTOP)

The freight truck’s load of inkjet cartridges caused “major traffic delays” in Virginia.

Washington Post and WTOP reported on the spillage on Interstate 95 in Lorton, Prince William County, with delays “of up to five miles” due to the accident. Nobody was injured in the accident, and the origin of the cartridges wasn’t disclosed either.

Clean-up crews “were working to clean up the ink” overnight, and it was “not immediately known what caused” the accident. The driver of the inkjet shipment was questioned by police, with the rod now reopened after the clean-up was completed. In May 2014, a “toxic spill” was found to be inkjet ink leaking from inkjet cartridges that had spilled onto the road outside a convention centre.

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InkTec unveils new solvent ink range

April 21, 2015

InkTecThe cartridge supplier has launched a 2L ink pack series compatible with the Mimaki Bulk Ink System (MBIS).

The packs have a tailored formulation making them ideally matched to the original 2L ink, MyPRINTResource reported. Additionally, the MBIS packs minimises waste as they use no cartridges or bottles.

Other features include higher volume, allowing for longer print runs; enhanced ink absorption for broader media compatibility; a wider gamut for improved image quality, and a ‘Plug and Play’ system for easy switching from original ink without flushing.

Matthew Cho, Product Manager of InkTec’s Business Development Department, said: “We believe InkTec’s new 2L ink products offer our customers an ideal option to be more competitive, because these 2L inks provide higher productivity and lower running cost”.

InkTec launched a bulk-ink filling solution in March 2015, as well as a range of HP inks for its OfficeJet Pro X series in August 2014.

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Nazdar reveals new Mimaki inks

April 21, 2015

TX650N_5534f50c1c3cbThe manufacturer has seen the TX650 wide-format inks validated for Mimaki machines.

My Print Resource reported that the high-density dye-sublimation inks saw “extensive printer testing” on the Mimaki JV33 wide-format printer, with Nazdar revealing that the successful testing has meant the inks have “been added to the list of validated printers”.

The TX650 transfer inks “have been formulated specifically” for use on a “wide range” of wide-format machines that use Epson’s DX printhead technology. These include printers not only from Mimaki, but also from Mutoh and Roland. Nazdar recently revealed that it had produced UV-LED inks for use in wide-format machines, with the 260 series of inks “ideal for POS applications” on vinyl banners, styrene and other surfaces “thanks to excellent adhesion, flexibility and chipping resistance”.

For more information, visit www.nazdar.com.

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