Ink Quest 2013
More than 70 sources of inks for wide-format output.
No matter what type of ink you regularly utilize – UV, latex, solvent, eco-/mild-solvent, or aqueous – there are certain factors that come to the fore when choosing inks and selecting an ink supplier.
The attributes of the ink itself almost certainly play a role: Does the overall quality level meet your (and your clients’) expectations? Is it versatile across a range of applications? Does it provide consistent results? How about durability? How broad is the color gamut? Are specialty colors and inks available? How does the ink address any environmental concerns you or your clients might have?
Other factors also enter into the mix: Does the supplier meet all your needs when it comes to being a consistent source of readily available inks? Does the supplier offer other consumables? How would you rate the supplier’s customer-service efforts? And, of course, there is price – is your supplier able to provide you with a product that doesn’t break the bank while allowing you to generate quality prints?
To help you in your ink quest, we’ve assembled the following Ink Sourcelist: a comprehensive directory of more than 70 suppliers of inks for wide-format printers. The roster you’ll find on the pages that follow includes printer OEMs branding their own inks, ink manufacturers, and suppliers of private-labeled/branded inks. Note that we have not included businesses that are only selling other companies’ branded inks (unless it’s an exclusive arrangement). This list was assembled just prior to ISA Expo 2013; check company websites for products released since that time.
Aldura eco-solvent ink; Grand Sherpa solvent and dye inks; Anuvia, Agorix, and Anapurna UV inks.
American Ink Jet
Ink for Canon, Epson (including Arte Bella pigment ink), HP, Mutoh, and Roland.
Bulk-ink systems for Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland; inks for fine-art/archival and fabrics.
Bordeaux Digital PrintInk
Eco, mild, low, and true solvent based inks, UV and UV LED curable inks, and dye sublimation ink; EDLX latex ink. Also: PRDS environmentally friendly dye-sub and direct-to-textile inks; PLSF UV LED inks for UV and UV LED printers; and PENR Eco Solvent ink (free of cyclohexanone and NMP) for Mimaki, Roland, and Mutoh printers and PRGS Eco Solvent ink for the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000. In partnership with InkonDemand.com, a bulk-ink solution for the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 that uses Bordeaux Mix & Match Eco Solvent ink and includes an automated chip emulator system.
Sam Ink solvent, mild solvent, dye, UV, and latex inks for HP, Roland, and Seiko printers.
Lucia aqueous pigment ink; ink for the Océ wide-format display graphics systems (via oceusa.com).
CET-branded UV ink.
Coast Graphic Supply
Cartridge and bulk sublimation inks.
ChromoInk ink for Epson, HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland, more.
Daylight fluorescent wide-format ink.
D.Gen environmentally friendly textile ink; cartridge and bulk.
Solvent, light-solvent, and dye-sub inks.
DigiDye textile inks, available in nine colors; bulk inks and cartridges.
Eco-, mild-, and full-solvent inks; water-based ink; cartridge and bulk.
DTG ink cartridges.
DuPont Imaging Technologies
Artistri textile inks, in dye and pigment versions, plus Solar Brite ink for use on SolarMax fabrics.
Durst Image Technology
UV-curable inksets, including Rigid, Flexible, Roll, Paper and Board, and others.
Solvent, eco-solvent, and textile inks, including Eco-King ink eco-solvent with fewer VOCs.
Vutek QS Series r UV ink, Vutek UltraTex solvent dye-sub ink, EFI/3M co-branded ink for 3M media, and EFI 3-layer white ink. New EFI thermoforming ink for the Vutek GS3250 Pro-TF and GS2000 Pro-TF printers and new ink for corrugated plastic printing, plus EFI Vutek GS 3M Premium UV Ink for Vutek GS Pro series printers.
UltraChrome K3, UltraChrome HDR, UltraChrome GS, UltraChrome GS2, and UltraChrome GSX inks; plus Photographic Dye and Archival Pigment inks and Epson UltraChrome DS dye-sublimation ink.
Uvijet UV ink for Fujifilm and Inca printers; Color+ solvent and UV inks for various models.
Gans Ink & Supply
PyroJet sublimation ink.
Gerber Scientific Products
GerberCat Cationic and Gerber UV inks.
Panoply solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks.
GO EcoColor inks (including metallics), Xtreme dye-sub, PhotoProof dye ink, FabInk TX fabric inks, and more; new are GO NeoTack dye-sub ink with integrated tack. Graphics One is the exclusive distributor for Sepiax water-based resin ink in the Americas.
HP Latex ink for Scitex and Designjet; HP UV-curable and solvent inks; HP Scitex White ink; HP ink for Designjet.
Dye-sub ink, as well as mild-solvent, solvent, oil-based inks, and UV-curable inks; Geo Inks for Mimaki printers. (3P Inkjet Textiles has distribution rights to Hilord’s textile ink for selected printers.)
Ink for Canon, Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland, others; solvent ink for various manufacturers.
Ink for HP and Encad.
Wide-format cartridges and bulk ink.
Ink2image Absolute ink for Canon, Epson, and HP; Cave Paint pigments; Fotonic XG archival dye ink; bulk ink for various models.
ConeColor ink for various Epson printers; InkThrift dye ink; Piezography black-and-white inksets for fine-art and photo printing.
Ink Mill branded UV inks (including LED-curable), premium and eco-solvents; also BTW BioSolvent inks, custom industrial inks, and more.
Bulk pigment and dye-based inks.
Wide-format aqueous ink, solvent, mild-solvent, and more. EcoSolvent Pro ink distributed in the US by Supply55 (supply55.com).
Magic water-resistant ink for Canon, Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland printers.
Triangle brand True Solvent, Eco Solvent, Mild Solvent, UV-curable, and water-based inks for various machines; its PDQ inks are multipurpose, mild-solvent pigmented inks that are cycloxehanone-free and designed for superwide printers.
Solvent, UV-curable, and textile inks.
Eco-solvent ink for Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland printers; bulk-ink systems.
Liquecolor bulk ink for Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland; bulk-ink system.
ColorRite dye-based ink.
Marabu North America
MaraJet solvent-based ink; MaquaJet water-based ink; UltraJet UV-curable ink; TexaJet DX-SHE (Sublimation-Hybrid-Epson) water-based sublimation inks, for transfer and direct digital printing, were added in 2012.
Matan Digital Printers
Barak UV-curable pigmented ink.
Mimaki Solvent (including Eco-HS1, HS, ES3), Sublimation, Water-Based, and UV (flexible, hard) inks; Mimaki Bulk-Ink System for solvent and dye-sub. New are its Latex LX 101 inks for the JV400-130/160LX.
A. R. Monteith Corp.
Monteith-brand ink for HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland, Seiko, more.
Eco-Ultra mild-solvent and MP multi-purpose eco-friendly/HAPS-free inks.
Nazdar solvent, aqueous, dye-sub, and UV-curable inks for various printers, plus Nazdar Lyson photographic, and fine-art inks. Its Lyson 213 series inks are designed for the Roland AJ-1000i and AJ-740i printers.
Aqueous, solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and textile inks.
Bulk ink for various Canon, Epson, HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland printers; more.
Repeat-O-Type bulk ink for wide format.
Eco-Sol Max mild-solvent ink, White and Metallic Silver Eco-Sol Max inks, Eco-UV ink, Heatwave SBL2 sublimation ink, Eco-Xtreme i and LT solvent inks.
M-XTR and M-TT pigment textile inks; SubliM dye-sub ink; plus: ArTainium UV+ and SubliJet sublimation inks.
Seiko Instruments USA
Low-solvent VX ink, HAPs-free IX ink, mild-solvent EGO-GX ink, GX low-solvent ink; EG-Outdoor EX and EG-Outdoor LX mild solvents. Plus: Seiko solvent-based fluorescent ink for the ColorPainter W series; and GX 3M solvent ink for the ColorPainter H series, in conjunction with 3M films.
ElvaJet sublimation ink. Distributed in the US by VistaLogics (vistalogics.com).
Sepiax Ink Technology
Sepiax Aquares water-based resin ink. Graphics One is the US distributor.
Xtreme Colors solvent, eco-solvent, and dye-sub inks.
EnduraInk eco-solvent ink.
Sol, Sol-Fire, and Siojet inks for wide-format and superwide printers.
Cartridges and ink bags for various machines, including HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland, Seiko; InkStream bulk-ink systems for HP, Mimaki, Mutoh.
Streamline solvent and Streamline ESL HPQ (eco-sol light) inks; Streamline Ultima HPQ ink; Streamline S-Tech bulk-feed system.
Exclusive distributor of InkTec’s EcoSolvent Pro ink for Roland, Mimaki, Mutoh.
Gold Advantage mild-solvent inks; Gold HS hard-solvent ink; Platinum Advantage mild-solvent inks.
AuroraTeck UV-curable ink.
3M Commercial Graphics
3M Inkjet inks, in solvent and UV versions; GX 3M solvent ink in partnership with Seiko, for use in the latter’s ColorPainter H Series printers in conjunction with 3M films.
Distributor of Manoukian Digistar HD1 sublimation ink.
US Sublimation dye-sub inks; InkVillage DTX direct textile ink, more.
Van Son Holland
Premium Wide Format Inkjet ink for Epson, HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland printers; offered in both cartridges and bulk packaging.
Eco-solvent bulk ink; also exclusive US distributor of Sensient dye-sub inks (transfer and direct).
Sublimation and textile inks.