GSW LAUNCHING NEW FUJIFILM INKS AT FESPA AFRICA

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Graphix Supply World (GSW) will showcase four new Fujifilm inks for the first time in Africa at the FESPA Africa expo, taking place from 2-4 July 2014 at the Gallagher Convention Centre.

The new inks, Uvijet OH, Uvijet OL, Uvijet KV and Uvijet QN white, enable print service providers to generate business in new application areas using existing wide-format hardware.

The inks also allow customers to achieve end results more quickly, and offer greater quality and versatility. These new inks, which have a range of potential end uses, provide the industry with more choice when combined with equipment purchases, and also give end users more options for filling their printers with work, ultimately giving a faster payback.

In addition, Fujifilm also offers new design and delivery systems for its inks, for instance pouches, which can maximise the environmental and economic benefits for printers.

The latest Uvijet ink development for the Onset, Uvijet OH has been formulated for use with Polyethylene and Polypropylene materials that are becoming more popular as they can be recycled.

Uvijet OL is a new low odour corrugated ink which satisfies the DiN EN 1230-1 standard aimed at display and secondary packaging, with the residual odour for OL mimicking that of water based flexo inks.

Fujifilm’s new thermoforming UV-cured inkjet ink, Uvijet KV is aimed at light industrial applications. This new formulation maintains the high quality, vivid colours and excellent performance expected from a Fujifilm ink, with no compromise to the print speed of the Acuity Advance Select printers it is used with. It has outstanding elongation properties of 300-400% when heat formed.

Uvijet QN white is a new white ink which has also been developed to increase the scope of possible applications on the Uvistar. This ink will allow users to produce super-wide format posters which can be illuminated for either day or night usage.

Tudor Morgan, systems marketing manager at Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems (FSIS), said, ‘Fifteen years ago we were the first company to patent a UV ink, and we now hold more patents for this technology than anyone else. Over this period we have worked hard with leading industry OEMs to ensure that UV is the ink of choice for wide-format machines in terms of quality and performance.’

Building on this industry-renowned heritage, FSIS has been working closely with the company’s R&D department in Tokyo. Together they are developing next generation inks that focus on more creative applications, such as light industrial, as well as point-of-purchase where they are already well established.

‘With our history in UV technology we can demonstrate to the industry that we really do understand the requirements of each and every application. The chemistry that needs to go into each ink formulation is unique, and our team works hard to look for formulations that are future-proof, and also more cost effective than some of today’s solutions,’ added Tudor.

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