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Finding the Right Ink

(November 2010) posted on Mon Nov 08, 2010

A sourcelist of 80 ink resources.

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When evaluating a wide-format printer, too many users neglect to factor ink into the output equation. Yet, inks can play a significant role when it comes to quality of the final image as well as the production costs.
No matter what type of inks a machine uses – aqueous, solvent, eco/mild-solvent, UV-curable, etc. – print providers can buy OEM inks (nearly all OEMs sell their own inks) as well as third-party brands. To aid you in your quest for the right ink, we've compiled the following list of more than 70 ink suppliers to choose from, including OEMs, ink manufacturers, and private-labeled/branded inks. Note that we have not included companies that only resell or distribute other companies’ branded inks

Agfa aqueous dye, mild-solvent, solvent, and Anapurna UV-curable inks; plus new AquaJet Pro inks (aqueous-based, disperse dye) for the Jeti AquaJet.

American Imaging
Bulk ink systems for Mimaki, Roland, Mutoh; also for fine-art/archival applications.

American Ink Jet
Wide-format bulk inks for HP Designjet and other printers; plug-and-play inkset for HP Z6100.

A.R. Monteith
Monteith-brand inks for HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland, Seiko, more.

Helizarin pigment and Bafixan Virbra textile inks. Distributed in the US by VistaLogics (

ArmurInk bulk ink system for Epson.

Big Systems
BigSol inks.

Bordeaux Digital PrintInk
Aqueous, mild-solvent, solvent, oil-based, and sublimation inks, plus UV and UV LED-compatible inks; Also and Prime Green environmentally friendly inks for Mimaki JV5 and JV5 printers.

Budget Inks
Sam Ink solvent and mild solvent inks for HP and Seiko.

Bulldog Products
DuraFos bulk-ink system for Epson, Mimaki, more.

Lucia aqueous pigment inks.

CET-branded UV inks include Standard, High-Pigment, and FlexiCure flexible inks.

MaraJet and JetStar solvent inks; a division of Marabu.

Coast Graphics Supply
Bulk inks for Epson, Mutoh, Mimaki, Roland, others; plus sublimation inks.

Colorwen International
ChromoInk inks for Epson, HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland, more.

DayGlo Color
DayGlo EcoPigments, more.

D.gen textile inks.

Solvent, light-solvent, and oil-based inks.

DigiFab Systems
DigiDye textile inks.

Dilli Precision
UV-curable inks.

DuPont Imaging Technologies
Artistri textile inks.