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New Media & Ink Suppliers

A list of lesser known companies The Big Picture found at industry trade shows in 2005.

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The following ink and media suppliers have exhibited at this year's industry trade shows, but may be less well-known in the US market than in their home countries. Some have already established offices here in the States, while others are still working on that detail. We've listed each company's range of products as well as contact information.

AlphaChem, based in Korea, offers ink in cartridges, bulk ink systems, and refill kits. Inks include dye- and pigment-based aqueous inks for HP Designjet, Epson Stylus Pro, Encad NovaJet, Mutoh, Roland, and Mimaki printers; solvent inks for the Mimaki JV3, and a variety of DGI, Infiniti, Nur Salsa, and other wide-format printers that use Xaar 128 printheads. In addition, AlphaChem supplies textile ink for use with the Mimaki TX 1600S and TX2-1600S, Mutoh Falcon II, and Encad 1500TX; it also offers dye-sublimation inks for Epson Stylus Pro, Mutoh RJ, Mimaki JV2/4, and Roland FJ printers. AlphaChem has an office in Torrence, CA. www.alprod.com.

Colorwen International, based in Tiawan, produces and sells Chromoink aqueous dye- and pigment-based inks, mild-solvent, and solvent inks. Its aqueous inks are compatible with HP Designjet, Encad NovaJet, Epson Stylus Pro, Roland FJ and CJ, Mutoh RJ, and Mimaki JV2 printers. Mild-solvent inks work for Roland SJ, DGI, and Infiniti printers; solvent inks are compatible with the Mutoh Toucan. Colorwen has offices in Ontario, CA. www.colorwen.com

Korean D5 offers, dye-based aqueous and solvent inks for a variety of wideformat printers. It supplies inks in a reusable ink cartridge that includes a replaceable ink "tube." Printers include the HP Designjet 5X00 series; Encad NovaJet series; Canon W7200/7250/8200; Epson Stylus Pro 7600/9600/10600; Mutoh RJ series and Toucan, Falcon II outdoor; Roland FJ series and Soljet Pro II; Mimaki JV2/4 and JV3series; Seiko II ColorPainter 64S; and Gerber Elan XL. D5 also offers bulk-ink systems for water-based and solvent ink systems, as well as a cartridge ink-filling machine. www.d5ink.com

Fortuna Digital Graphics, based in Beijing, China, produces ImaColor ink for aqueous, solvent, and mild-solvent printers. Its aqueous inks are compatible with Mimaki, Mutoh, Epson, and HP printers. Its solvent inks can be used with Mimaki, Nur, Yaselan, Infiniti, Liyu, and Fortuna Sedna printers. The company's mildsolvent inks can be used with Mimaki JV3, Roland SJ-EX, and Mutoh printers. Fortuna also produces microporous and high glossy photo paper, as well as backlit film. www.fortunadg.com

Tiawan-based JetBest Corp. offers aqueous dye- and pigment-based inks compatible with HP Designjet, Encad NovaJet, Mutoh RJ, Roland Hi-Fi JET, and Mimaki JV2/4 printers. It also offers mildsolvent inks for Roland SJ and SC, Mimaki JV3, and Mutoh Rockhopper printers. In addition, JetBest offers refilling systems for a variety of printers, as well as an auto-refilling system for Roland, Mutoh, and Mimaki systems. www.jetbest.com

KwangWoo, based in Seoul, Korea, offers a variety of Star Flex wide-format digital printing media for solvent and mildsolvent printers. New media includes SBO- 10, 13, 15, 16, and 20 double-sided opaque media, textiles, and SOLIT frontlit, blockout, and backlit; new mild-solvent media includes a matte or glossy frontlit (SES-15) and backlit (SES-18) materials. The company also makes water-based and oil-based media. www.star-flex.com

REDGiant now offers inks under its own label"?inkrang. The company offers inks for the Encad NovaJet, Graphetec JX, HP Designjet, Roland FJ, Mutoh RJ, Mimaki JV, and Epson Stylus Pro wide-format printers. www.redgiant.biz

Chinese manufacturer Shen Zhen ShinyColor Inks sells solvent-based, mild-solvent, and UV-curable inks for a wide variety of large-format machines. Shiny Color solvent inks are compatible with Nur, Scitex, Vutek, Flora, DGI, Techwin, Infiniti, Yaselan, Saibo, Gongzheng, Liyu, Keling, SkyColor, and Vista machines. Its UV-curable inks are compatible with Durst, Oce Arizona, Inca Columbia, Zund, Gandinnovations, Vutek, MacDermid ColorSpan, 3M, Scitex, Nur, DGI, Mimaki, Flora, Yaselan, Techwin, and SkyJet America printers. www.shinycolor.com

Korea-based Topkos offers MonaLisa inks and media. Its 6 colors of ink for the HP Designjet come in cartridges. The CMYK inks for Encad NovaJet come in bulk bottles/bags. Epson Stylus Pro CMYKcmk inks are available in cartridges and in bulk; and their CMYKcm inks for Roland, Mutoh, and Mimaki printers are also available in cartridges and in bulk.

Topkos also offers MonaLisa media for aqueous wide-format inkjet printers, including photo resin-coated paper, synthetic paper, backlit film, PVC/PET, canvas, and banner materials; it also makes Easy Banner and PVC for solvent machines. The company has a sales office in Torrance, CA. www.topkos.com

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