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Printing nanomaterials market set to grow

March 24, 2015

Nanomaterials used in inkjet are “experiencing high growth”, and will see continued expansion through to 2019.

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The study from analysts Markets and Markets discussed the nanomaterials used in printing – including nanosilver, nanogold, carbon nanotubes, copper, copper oxide and iron oxide nanoparticles – and the growth of the market up until 2019.

The materials are used in printing as well as in other markets, such as solar panels, displays, RFID and circuitry, and the report predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in value terms of 22.15 percent between 2014 and 2019. It also expects a global market value of $1.794 billion (€1.644 billion) by 2019, while currently printed circuit boards account for 15 percent of the market and displays and automotive products make up 35 percent.

The analysts noted that the report covers the “qualitative aspect” of the materials, as well as applications, types and regions and “driving and restraining factors”. One such driver is the “increased demand” from electronics and automotive industries, which are feeding high growth in the Asia-Pacific and North American markets. This is said to be due to growth in demand for “efficient and reliable” products utilising electronics.

The Asia-Pacific market is the largest market for the nanomaterials, contributing over 60 percent to the global share due to specific demands from electronics and energy sectors, and for circuit boards and membrane switches that can be printed. Among the “key participants” said to be involved in the market are BASF SE, Clariant International, DuPont, ULVAC Technologies, NanoMas Technologies and Mitsubishi Imaging.

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Sensient launches new sublimation ink range

March 24, 2015

The ink manufacturer has released the ElvaJet Swift inks for Epson DX printheads.Flags_printing-onMitex3200-with-Elvajet-Inks-7af1ff09202a5617520502e35d075398

The ElvaJet Swift range is said by the company to be a “game-changing” range of digital sublimation inks for Epson DX printheads, as well as the “first industrial sublimation inkjet ink series to address all the challenges faced by printers”. The inks will be used for printing on garments, textiles for indoor use, and flags and banners, and have reportedly “raised the bar in performance”.

Sensient noted that the inks have so far exhibited “outstanding performance”, and are “unrivalled in quality and performance”. The range of inks has a high dye concentration, which allows for an average coverage saving of 40 percent, that “significantly reduces the stress on the transfer paper”. This means that “no cockling arises” on thin paper, while drying is very fast and transfer “requires less energy”.

The company also claimed that the inks will offer “substantial cost and time savings” as well as “outstanding printability on virtually any printer equipped with Epson DX printheads”. Other features include quick open time and immediate start after pausing printing, lower consumption and “superior” strength of colour, and eco-sustainability.

Sensient commented: “Our new [range] is the proven promise of achieving intense, bright colours without compromising on productivity or time. These exceptional results can be easily obtained when producing sportswear, fashion, interior design, flags and banners.”

For more information, visit www.elvajet.com.

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Markem-Imaje releases new CIJ coder

March 23, 2015

Markem-Imaje 9450The Swiss manufacturer developed the 9450 to help food and drink manufacturers trace products and prevent recalls.

Packaging Europe reported that the new printer’s capabilities include barcodes, QR codes and Datamatrix, plus logos and alphanumeric texts. It forms part of Markem-Imaje’s 9400 Series, and the group claims it can achieve 20 percent reduction on consumable and energy consumption when compared with current coders. Its maximum print speed is 6.6m/s.

The device uses a wide range of high adhesion, high contrast and coloured inks to ensure legibility, while it can also run with environmentally-friendly inks and inks with ‘tracers’ to prevent counterfeiting. The user is also able to change the ink without interrupting a production run.

Markem-Imaje UK Operations Manager Martin Bailey stated: “Traceability sits very high on the agenda for food and beverage businesses and coding and labelling equipment fulfills a vital role in achieving it. Promotional coding provides something that on-pack promotions, which have no link to purchase, cannot do.

“Giving consumers a unique code to make their claim also provides brands with the sort of detailed marketing data that price cutting promotions never can.”

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Spike in printing ink raw material costs

March 19, 2015

EuPIAThe reduced purchasing power of the euro has led to the price hike, according to the European Printing Inks Association (EuPIA).

Another reason given by the association for the rising costs is changes to the exchange rate, despite the low price of oil. EuPIA Executive Manager Martin Kanert said that “many ink formations have only a limited direct relationship to oil, whereas increasingly high prices are now being paid for other raw materials”.

Examples of these non-oil based materials include gum rosin and nitrocellulose, which have gone up in price in US dollars, while the cost in euros of vegetable oils has seen an even more pronounced increase.

Pigment production has been similarly unaffected by low oil prices, according to Kanert. He stated: “The direct crude oil cost component in pigments is relatively low, with speciality chemicals, environmental costs, increasing labour costs in China and India and unfavourable currency exchange rates as key cost drivers.”

A similar trend is emerging in the titanium dioxide market, as the trade becomes smaller due to suppliers consolidating and taking out capacity. Yet Kanert also said the net result of this surge in prices is that “compensation for this squeeze on margins is becoming increasingly difficult for the European ink manufacturers”.

The findings match predictions for rising ink prices made in September 2014, when it was reported that pressure from China was causing gum rosin prices to rise. Rises in pigment prices were then attributed to stringent environmental regulations in major producer nations China and India.

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Global printing inks market to top $20 billion by 2020

March 18, 2015

A new market report estimates a growth of five percent between now and 2020.inkjet

The report, was produced by analysts Transparency Market Research and titled Printing inks market – global industry analysis, size, share, growth, trends and forecasts 2014 – 2020. Its major finding is that the market was valued at $14.41 billion (€13.59 billion) in 2013 and is expected to be worth around $20.17 billion (€19.02 billion) by 2020, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of five percent.

The analysis separates the market into product and process segments, with solvent-, water- and oil-based printing inks alongside other printing inks that are part of the product section, including UV-cured inks. The process section meanwhile included lithographic, gravure, flexographic and digital printing, while on an application basis, the report studied packaging, publication and commercial printing.

The packaging segment was the largest in 2013, thanks to “rising demand for flexible packaging”, and is expected to remain a fast growing segment as flexible packaging, tags and label applications are “anticipated to drive the global printing inks market” during the next few years. Lithographic printing held a majority of the market in 2013, with 40 percent of volume, while digital printing is expected to be one of the “fastest growing segment[s]” during the forecast period.

In terms of printer inks, the demand is said to be “likely to increase” over the next six years due to a “significant rise” in digital printing, alongside a “substantial demand” for inkjet use in household printing. Water-based printing inks are a sub-segment of the market set to grow quickly as well, with global demand for “environmentally-safe printing inks” such as water and UV-based inks estimated to “increase at a rapid rate in the next few years”.

At the moment, oil- and solvent-based inks account for a “major portion” of the printing inks market, but the growth of water-based inks is “anticipated to overshadow” the market share of these two segments between 2014 and 2020. Regionally, North America dominated with more than 30 percent share in volume in 2013, thanks to increasing demand for inks in flexible packaging and commercial printing, while the Asia Pacific is “anticipated to be the fastest growing region” in the sector.

This growth in the Asia Pacific, the analysts added, will be due to “rising demand” in India and China, and market share is expected to “increase significantly”. Continued economic recovery in both the USA and Europe, coupled with increased demand for inks across the other international markets, is also predicted to “propel” the market to a higher valuation. Sun Chemical and Flint Group are among the major players that the report highlights, alongside TOYO Ink Group and Huber Group.

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InkTec launches new bulk-ink filling system

March 10, 2015

The manufacturer’s wide-format system will be demonstrated at the Sign and Digital UK show later this month.Inktec

Wide-Format Online reported on the “bulk-ink filling solution” from the Korean manufacturer, which will be introduced at the Sign and Digital UK event at the NEC in Birmingham, England from 24 to 26 March.

The system, the company claims, will “be able to save printers up to 65 percent on ink costs”, and will be available as “either an open floater cartridge”, where ink “goes directly to the printhead”, or as a closed ink pouch system “suitable for printers where the ink goes to the printhead via a sub tank”, or bag, from the cartridge, as well as for printers with “vertically-positioned cartridges”.

In turn, the ink pouch features a sensor, so that if “ink levels do reduce, the printer will stop”, allowing the user to refill it or to change the ink pouch, and the company added that the system “can be used with InkTec’s Eco Solvent ink range” as well. The company launched a range of HP inks last year, and discontinued a range of compatible inks in 2013 due to “low demand”.

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DCI/Jet Tec releases remanufactured Canon inkjets

March 9, 2015

The UK-based remanufacturer added the 500XL black and 551XL colour series to its “already-expanding” line of products.NewCanons2

The remanufactured inkjet cartridges have been launched after the company previously released remanufactured inkjet and toner cartridges for Samsung, HP, Canon, Lexmark, Dell and Kyocera printers, which extends its product portfolio to “over 700 products”. The two new Canon releases, the 550XL black and 551XL colour series, also include multipacks.

The company’s Commercial Manager, Phil Sneath, commented: “Canon printer sales have been very good, and consequently we expect this new line to be a very popular range within our remanufactured cartridge portfolio. The launch coincides nicely with our newly-developed website which now allows our customers to be fully supported with an array of electronic marketing and POS materials.”

DCI/Jet Tec stated that all the inkjet cartridges it remanufactures “come with a two-year product guarantee” as well as “environmentally-friendly packaging, full support from a dedicated account manager and free access to supporting materials and services” on its website.

For more information, visit www.jettec.com.

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Epson launches three new business inkjets

March 6, 2015

The OEM has released the WorkForce devices for the SOHO and office markets.

Epson's WorkForce WF-2651

Epson’s WorkForce WF-2651

Network Asia reported on the release of the new printers, which include the WF-2651, 2661 and 2631, with the OEM stating that the devices are “purpose-built” for the SOHO and office markets to “save business’s desktop space and lower their printing costs” through “a host of convenience-enhancing features”.

The “ultra-compact” printers include an automatic document feeder with a 30-sheet capacity, Epson Connect features for mobile printing – including iPrint for mobile printing, email print and remote print – “flexible shared printing” through wireless connectivity, and Wi-Fi Direct functionality for connecting up to four devices “without the need for a router”.

Each printer can also access Apple’s AirPrint and Google’s Cloud Print, and has an LCD screen, while the 2651 and 2661 have Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead technology for “versatile, high-speed” prints at 33ppm. The 2631 has a print resolution of 5,760dpi and a print speed of 34ppm and a “small footprint”, while the 2661 has NFC (near-field communication) functionality, making it the “first [Epson device] to offer this functionality”, and all three utilise the OEM’s DURABrite Ultra pigment inks, which offer “high quality prints that are smudge, fade and water resistant”.

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Kyocera opens new inkjet test lab in Germany

February 19, 2015

The OEM’s new facility in Esslingen will “reinforce support for the European inkjet market”.

Kiwolo Mubieme, Kyocera Field Application Engineer, Inkjet Design Centre, Printing Device Division

Kiwolo Mubieme, Kyocera Field Application Engineer, Inkjet Design Centre, Printing Device Division

The new laboratory, in Esslingen near Stuttgart, “supplements an existing Kyocera inkjet design centre” opened in September 2013 at Kyocera’s European base, the OEM stated, adding that it has “further enhanced its technical support” for the European inkjet market with the new site. The existing site provides “technical service for printer and ink manufacturers” working with the OEM’s KJ4 printheads, and has three field engineers who provide “onsite support and remote technical service”.

The new laboratory features a drop watching system enabling “observation of drop ejection at a picolitre level”, while a single-pass flatbed printer featuring a media transportation rate of around 1,693 millimetres per second accompanies “other related equipment for general experiments and evaluations”. Kyocera noted that “further investments are planned in the near future for the installation of additional printing machines” in the new lab.

In addition to the “enhanced” customer support Kyocera can offer with the new lab, there are three “key improvements”: the KJ4 printheads are said to have “changed the market” in high-speed and quality textile printing, and the new lab “provides further support” for “customer development”; the lab offers joint testing and digitalisation “under contract-based agreement”; and it will be available for collaborations with “suppliers of inks or peripherals […] in order to support expanding markets”.

Shigeru Koyama, European President at Kyocera Fine Ceramics GmbH, commented: “The simultaneous demand for diversity and efficiency has created a long-term conflict in the market. Meanwhile, inkjet technology is offering promising solutions to solve this contradiction. Through the establishment of this inkjet test lab, Kyocera expects to make an important contribution to the market.”

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Nazdar announces three new wide-format inkjets

February 17, 2015

Nazdar's 153 wide-format inkjets

Nazdar’s 153 wide-format inkjets

The manufacturer has produced three new inkjet inks for a range of wide-format cartridges.

The company revealed that the three new inks will be introduced at the Sign & Digital UK event, held from 24 to 26 March at the NEC in Birmingham, England, with the inks including the 153 series for Mimaki printers alongside two new UV inks, the 720 and 260 series.

The 153 series is designed for use in Mimaki’s JV3, JV5, CJV and JV33 machines, with “exceptional compatibility, quality and cost-effectiveness” offered alongside a ‘plug and play’ conversion from OEM to Nazdar ink, which involves “simply swapping out” the OEM cartridges with Nazdar replacements “as they run out”, with “no profile changes” required due to the new inks being “an exact colour and performance match to the OEM inks”.

The 720 series meanwhile is UV inkjet ink “engineered with low-odour ingredients” while “maintaining the ultimate in adhesion characteristics”, as well as being “very flexible”, which “makes it perfect” for applications including pressure-sensitive vinyl, banners and window clings. The ink is resistant to “edge chipping”, so can also perform well on “rigid materials”, and offers “outstanding adhesion to acrylic materials”; and is available in six or nine colour sets, with the six including white and clear and the nine including orange, green and violet.

Finally, the 260 series UV inkjet ink is designed for “plug-and-play” compatibility with the Roland EcoUV inkjet set in 220ml cartridges including the four process colours and clear and white. The inks are also available in one litre containers for “non-heated printhead” printers, with the one litre sets including light cyan and light magenta; and are designed to be cured with a 395 nanometre LED lamp.

Martin Burns, Global Market Segment Manager  for Digital Solvent and Aqueous at Nazdar, commented: “The addition of the 153 Series – in conjunction with the suitability of our 133 Series for the JV33, CJV and JV300 – puts the Nazdar ink offering in the strongest of positions from which to serve the wide format market.

“Nazdar can now offer better value ink options for all the major solvent inkjet printers, increasing the competitiveness and profitability of our users. Not only are these users buying better value inks from a prestigious UK manufacturer, they also have the back up and support of the strongest ink warranty in the market.”

Rich Dunklee, Global Market Segment Manager for UV Inkjet at Nazdar, added: “The two new Nazdar UV products offer different but important advantages for the user. The 260 series is about giving convenience, ease of use and maximum savings when installed in Roland EcoUV printers and has excellent characteristics for use on a wider range of platforms.

“The 720 series however is very much geared towards providing enhanced print features such as colour, adhesion, flexibility and chip resistance. We see the 720 as an ink upgrade for a wide range of UV printers including HP, Durst and Agfa.”

For more information on Nazdar, visit: www.nazdar.com.

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