Inks: Liquid Gold
More than 70 suppliers of inks for wide-format.
Like oil is to industry, inks could be said to be the “liquid gold” of the printing market. Yes, it’s sometimes all too easy to neglect the costs of inks when compared to the costs of rigid substrates, direct labor, and so on, but pull out your records and see what you spent on ink last year – it adds up.
In fact, when you consider the amount of ink that’s used per job coupled with the consumable’s rising costs, it’s a wonder that ink suppliers haven’t begun delivering this valuable commodity to print shops via armored car these days. And since very few business costs once elevated to a certain plateau ever significantly drop, it’s safe to say that print providers should be closely analyzing their ink usage and their supplier roster on a regular basis.
Of course, price isn’t the only factor when choosing an ink. There are several variables to consider when selecting inks including qualitative issues like color gamut, jetability, elasticity, adhesion, abrasion-resistance, lightfastness, and warranties, to name just a few.
This year’s Ink Sourcelist is a comprehensive directory of nearly 80 suppliers of inks for wide-format printers. The list includes printer OEMs who are branding their own inks, ink manufacturers, and suppliers of private-labeled/branded inks. Note that we have not included companies who are only selling other companies’ branded inks (unless it is an exclusive arrangement).
Aldura solvent-based inks; Anapurna, Agorix, and Anuvia UV-curable inks; Grand Sherpa dye and solvent inks; ABISS bulk-ink supply system; AquaJet Pro inks (aqueous-based, disperse dye) for the Jeti AquaJet.
American Ink Jet
Inks for Canon, Epson, HP, Roland; new are Eco-Jet mild-solvent inks for use in Roland printers.
Bulk ink systems for Mimaki, Roland, Mutoh; inks for fine-art/archival applications.
Bordeaux Digital PrintInk
Eden water-based inks, Prime-Eco mild-solvents, Prime solvents, Clear oil-based and sublimation inks, plus Plasma UV and UV LED-compatible inks. Also: Prime Green environmentally friendly inks for Mimaki JV5 and JV5 printers.
Sam Ink solvent, mild solvent, UV, and latex inks.
Lucia aqueous pigment inks.
CET-branded UV inks include High-Adhesion, High-Pigment, and Flexicure flexible inks.
Coast Graphic Supply
Cartridges and bulk inks; plus sublimation inks.
ChromoInk inks for Epson, HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland, more.
D.gen textile inks.
Solvent, light-solvent, and dye-sub inks.
DigiDye textile inks, available in nine colors; bulk inks and cartridges.
Eco-, mild-, and full solvent inks; UV inks; water-based inks; cartridge and bulk.
DTG ink cartidges for Epson and AnaJet printers.
DuPont Imaging Technologies
Artistri textile inks, in dye and pigment versions as well as Solar Brite for use on Invista SolarMax fabrics.
Durst Image Technology
UV-curable inksets, including Rigid, Premium Rigid, Flexible, Paperboard, Roll, and others.
Solvent, eco-/mild-solvent, and UV-curable inks, plus textile inks (reactive, acid, and pigment).
Vutek QS Series r UV inks, EFI/3M co-branded inks for 3M graphics media, UltraTex solvent dye-sub inks, more.
UltraChrome K3, UltraChrome HDR, and UltraChrome GS inks; Photographic Dye and Archival Pigment inks.
SOL aqueous, solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable inks; division of Sioen Chemicals.
Inks for DGI, EFI Vutek, Océ, others; also, textile inks.
Flora Digital Printing
Flora solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable inks.
Uvijet UV digital inks for Fujifilm, Inca, and Zund printers; plus Color+ solvent inks for various models.
Gerber Scientific Products
GerberCat Cationic and Gerber UV inks.
GO EcoOne eco-solvent, PhotoProof, Xtreme dye-sub, FabInk TX fabric inks, and dMax Film Positive inks; plus, Graphics One is exclusive distributor for Sepiax water-based resin inks in the Americas.
HP Vivera and Vivid Photo inks; HP Scitex latex, solvent, and UV-curable inks, plus Specialty Billboard and Specialty Textile inks; also 3M HP specialty latex inks.
Dye-sub inks, as well as mild-solvent, solvent, oil-based inks, and UV-curable inks; Geo Inks (solvent, dye-sub) for Mimaki printers. (3P Inkjet Textiles has distribution rights to Hilord’s textile inks for selected printers.)
Novacron reactive inks, Lanaset acid inks; also, Vibra Terasil Brite direct dye-sub inks (distributed by Vistalogics).
Inks for Canon, Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland, others.
Inks for HP Designjet models.
Wide-format bulk inks.
Ink2image Absolute inks for Canon, Epson, and HP; bulk-ink systems for various models; Lyson Cave Paint pigment and Fotonic XG archival dye inks (Ink2image is master distributor for Lyson photo products in North America).
ConeColor inks for Epson printers; also Piezography and PiezoTone black-and-white and sepia inksets for fine-art and photo printing; Firefly Invisible inks that require UV light to be seen.
Wide-format aqueous inks, solvent, mild-solvent, and more. Its EcoSolvent Pro inks are distributed in the US by Supply55 (supply55.com).
Triangle brand True Solvent, Eco Solvent, Mild Solvent, UV-curable, and water-based inks for machines from a variety of printer manufacturers; also Mild Solvent Metallic inks and Textile inks. Its Triangle PDQ inks are mild-solvent pigmented inks designed for superwide-format printing systems utilizing Spectra, Xaar, and Ricoh printheads.
ChromaZone water-based, solvent, UV-curable and dye-sub inks.
Jetbest eco-solvent inks; bulk-ink systems.
Lawson Screen & Digital Products
Lawson pigmented water-based inks.
LexJet aqueous (dye and pigmented) inks.
Liquecolor solvent and aqueous inks.
ColorRite dye-based inks.
Marabu North America
MaraJet solvent-based inks for various machines; UltraJet DUV-R UV-curable inks for rigid; TexaJet water-based sublimation inks. MaraJet DI-MS and DI-JVP solvent inks for Mimaki printers have just been added to Marabu's roster.
Matan Digital Printers
Barak UV-curable pigmented inks.
Mimaki Solvent (including Eco-HS1, HS, ES3), Sublimation, Water-Based, and UV (flexible, hard) inks; Mimaki Bulk Ink System for solvent and dye-sub; metallic silver.
MIS bulk aqueous and dye-sub inks.
A. R. Monteith Corp.
Monteith-brand inks for HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland, Seiko, more.
Eco-Ultra mild-solvent and MP multi-purpose eco-friendly/HAPS-free inks.
Lyson aqueous, dye-sub, solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable inks for various printers; also, photographic and fine-art inks. Nazdar’s new Lyson TX650 series is a digital water-based dye-sublimation ink for transfer applications.
Océ North America
Inks for the company’s wide-format display graphics systems as well as its engineering printers.
Pemla Ink Technologies
Aqueous inks include: Evolution (extended gamut available), Endurance (pigment, dye), EDI (pigment).
Duratex solvent inks.
Aqueous, solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and textile inks.
Cartridge inks for Mimaki, Mutoh, HP, Epson, Roland, Seiko, more; bulk ink for Roland.
Repeat-O-Type cartridge and bulk inks.
Eco-Sol Max mild-solvent inks, White and Metallic Silver Eco-Sol Max inks, Eco-UV inks, Heatwave SBL2 sublimation inks, Eco-Xtreme i and LT solvent inks, FPG aqueous pigment inks.
SubliM dye-sub, SubliM Direct direct-print dye-sub, and SubliM Direct SPS grand-format dye-sub inks. Also: M-TT water-based textile inks, MxF Digital Pigment inks for printing on nylon. Plus ArTainium UV+ sublimation inks for Epson printers, and NaturaLink direct-to-garment inks.
Seiko Instruments USA
HAPS-free IX inks and low-solvent GX inks; mild solvent EGO-EX inks; low-odor/solvent EG-Outdoor EX inks and EG-Outdoor LX mild-solvent inks.
Sensient ElvaJet, Subli, and Fluo dye-sub inks. Distributed in the US by VistaLogics (www.vistalogics.com).
Sepiax Ink Technology
Sepiax Aquares water-based resin inks. GraphicsOne is the US distributor.
Bulk-ink system for Mutoh and Roland.
PrismJet eco-solvent and aqueous inks.
Cartridges for a variety of machines; InkStream bulk-ink systems.
Streamline water-based, oil, and solvent inks; Streamline ESL (eco-sol light), Ultima, Optima, SCP, and Super Wide Format inks.
Gold, Gold HS, and Platinum solvent inks; Gold Advantage, Platinum Advantage and Platinum SK mild solvents.
AuroraTeck UV-curable inks.
3M Commercial Graphics
3M Inkjet inks, in solvent, latex, and UV versions.
3P Inkjet Textiles
Has distribution rights to Hilord’s textile inks for selected printers.
Distributor of Manoukian-Argon Digistar HD1 sublimation inks.
US Sublimation LFP, ElvaJet, UV Max, and FloBrite fluorescent dye-sub inks; InkVillage DTX direct dye-sub inks.
Van Son Holland
Recently launched its new line of Premium Wide Format Inkjet inks for Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland printers. Offered in both cartridges and bulk packaging, the product line includes: Real Solvent inks; Eco Solvent inks; Pigment and Dye inks; Power Chrome Pigment inks; and Dye Sublimation inks.
Eco-solvent bulk inks; also exclusive US distributor of Sensient dye-sub and Lemantex pigment inks as well as Huntsman Vibra Brite direct dye-sub inks.
Super Light Fast, Vibrant Wide Format, Hard Surface Performance, Intense High Speed, and Fluorescent sublimation inks, plus Ultra Black WWF inks.