A year after basking in the aftermath of what company officials described as the best response to a North American trade show in the previous five years,
INX Digital is looking to continue being on the same page with SGIA Expo attendees in Orlando. A trio of innovative TRIANGLE® brand ink products will
be on display in the INX Digital booth (2122) for the October 23-25 event at the Orange County Convention Center.
The immensely popular TRIANGLE wide format inkjet inks were a major hit with show visitors a year ago. The roster is being expanded for this year’s show
with the formal introductions of MED and ESC, plus a preview demonstration of HLX latex inks.
“We listen to our customers and distributors, and they mostly want new alternative ink sets,” said Craig Reid, Vice President - Digital Division of INX
International Ink Co., who joined the company last April. “Our global R&D group has done a fantastic job this past year developing the three new ink
sets we are introducing at the SGIA Expo.”
The HXL latex inks will be previewed on an HP Designjet L2550 printer every day of the show. Color and chemically compatible with the HP 789 and
792 ink series, sizeable cost savings over the OEM inks are among the expectations users can expect from HXL.
“HXL is a highly cost effective latex replacement ink for the huge installment base of HP units in the marketplace. We plan to begin shipment of this ink
late in the first quarter of 2014,” remarked Mr. Reid.
MED is a UV LED ink designed to be used with the Mimaki® 3042 UV LED flatbed desktop printer. Available in six colors plus white, and clear and
compatible with Ricoh Gen 4 print heads, it boasts significant benefits and is more flexible than Mimaki LH100 series inks. MED offers better adhesion
to a wider variety of plastics, including clear, white and colored substrates, in addition to high abrasion resistance and a smoother print surface without
banding. It also has the ability to print on difficult surfaces, so INX Digital will demonstrate throughout the show how it’s done on items like golf balls,
plastic phone cases and other materials.
“Our TRIANGLE MED ink fits the needs for the growing specialty print market and the growing installed base of the small Mimaki UV flatbed printers.
MED enables a much greater compatibility of unique substrates,” explained Reid.
An alternative eco solvent ink, ESC is designed to run on the Epson SureColor and Epson Stylus® GS6000 commercial outdoor printers. Producing
sensational color for outdoor banners, posters and tradeshow graphics, Reid says it can be done quickly since the GS6000 is the fastest 64-inch wide
roll-to-roll printer in its class.
“Our new TRIANGLE ESC ink is truly an alternative ink that provides not only chemical and color compatibility, but dramatic improvement in outdoor
durability when compared to the Epson ink and especially for the GS6000 model.”
In tune with INX Digital’s long-standing policy on developing greener and sustainable products, ESC provides many outstanding attributes. In addition
to improved Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) resistance, the ink is color and chemically compatible with OEM inks. The yellow color set offers extended two-
year durability and no color profiling is required.
ESC will be demonstrated in the booth on an Epson Stylus GS6000 printer with an Eco Bulk ink delivery system that uses 100 percent recycled material.
INX Digital supports these and other TRIANGLE brand products with an Ink Train warranty. Ink experts will be available in the booth to answer questions.
Pledging continued support as a Gold sponsor for the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association’s annual convention, INX Digital (booth 2122) will introduce a
trio of new TRIANGLE® brand inks when the SGIA Expo is held October 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The
extremely popular TRIANGLE roster of wide format inkjet inks will soon include MED, ESC and HLX.
MED is a UV LED ink designed to be used with the Mimaki® 3042 UV LED flatbed desktop printer. Available in six colors plus white, and clear and
compatible with Ricoh Gen 4 print heads, MED offers tremendous benefits and is regarded to be more flexible than Mimaki LH100 series inks.
Booth visitors will learn that MED provides better adhesion to a wider variety of plastics, including clear, white and colored substrates. They can also
expect to experience high abrasion resistance and a smoother print surface without banding. MED has the ability to print on difficult surfaces and INX
Digital will prove that claim by demonstrating it throughout the show on such items as golf balls, plastic phone cases and other materials.
A preview demonstration of the HLX latex inks on an HP Designjet L2550 printer will take place throughout the show. Color and chemically compatible
with the HP 780 and 792 ink series, users can expect to benefit from a sizeable cost savings over the OEM inks with HLX.
ESC is an alternative solvent ink that works in tandem with the Epson SureColor and Epson Stylus® GS6000 commercial outdoor printer. Not only will it
produce sensational color for outdoor banners, posters and tradeshow graphics, it can be done quickly since the GS6000 is the fastest 64-inch wide
roll-to-roll printer in its class.
ESC has many outstanding attributes, including better Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) resistance. Color and chemically compatible with OEM inks, the yellow color
set offers extended two-year durability and no color profiling is required.
ESC will be demonstrated in the booth on an Epson Stylus GS6000 printer with an Eco Bulk ink delivery system that uses 100 percent recycled material.
As with any product, INX Digital supports these and other TRIANGLE brand inks with a worldwide outdoor two year durability and Ink Train warranties.
Ink experts will be available in the booth to answer questions.
INX Digital to Showcase New and Proven Branded Products at
FESPA 2013 attendees in London looking for branded solutions with a proven track record, or new products that address today’s needs, can find both
in the INX Digital Stand, C5S. New powerhouse MSS eco-solvent inkjet inks and SMF super wide multifunctional true solvent inks have joined the
Triangle® roster and will be on display, alongside the established and flexible EVOLVE™ Advanced Digital Solutions and Prodigy™ brand lines at the
show, which runs from June 25-29 at the ExCel London Exhibition Centre.
“FESPA 2013 is one the year’s largest events for the digital audience. We believe with the wide range of products we have available, there is something
for everyone to see in our corner at the show,” said Paolo Capano, INX Digital’s EMEA Director. “The new products have been developed to address a
need in the marketplace. Our customers are very knowledgeable, very informed, and we listen to them. They have told us what they need and we
have delivered digital solutions that will help their business and customers.”
The Triangle line of alternative inks has a worldwide following, and the new MSS and SMF inks will only increase the popularity of the brands, indicated
Avi Bukai, INX Digital’s Czech Managing Director, who said a variety of Triangle UV Curable inks will also be prominently featured.
MSS inkjet inks are to be used in conjunction with Mimaki® JV33™ and JV34™ wide format printers, and formulated to be color and chemically compatible
with Mimaki SS21 inks. Fast drying, they offer a wide range of compatibility with vinyl banner media and no flushing or re-profiling is required. Available
in CMYK, options include 440 ml cartridges, one liter bottles for use with the EasyFill Bulk system, or the Eco Bulk ink system that houses ink in a 2000ml
bag-in-box format. These inks are supported by INX Digital’s worldwide outdoor durability warranty and Ink Train warranty for Triangle brand ink.
SMF inks are designed for use with HP Scitex XL 1200 and XL 1500, GrandJet or TJ8300 printers, as well as VUTEk® Solvent series printers. One of
the biggest benefits is they reduce energy consumption with decreased drying temperature settings on the printer. For cost-minded print operations, these
inks cost less to ship since they are non-hazardous and non-regulated in Europe.
“At this time, SMF inks will be available only in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA),” remarked Bukai. “Their appeal is multi-fold, starting with being
one ink that can serve a company’s various printer types. Performance wise, they do very well with many different substrate types. As for being cost-
effective, they provide an extra kick to the bottom line by reducing energy costs during the drying process. SMF inks also give you the ability to produce
special colors with high density output.
“MSS inks, like SMF, are also cost-effective and a very eco-friendly product,” summed up Bukai. “The high quality MSS inks are in step with other
Triangle brand line products. For performance, durability and outstanding results, you can’t beat it.”
Since being introduced over two years ago, the Prodigy brand serves both the graphic arts and industrial side of the business. Many of these products are
used for billboards, banners, vehicle and building wraps and other large format output, but digital package printing is a growing market. Recent
developments in the packaging segment have included various opportunities with bottles and packaged goods used for test marketing, prototyping,
serialization and mass customization. Look for some of these samples to be on display in the INX Digital stand.
The EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions brand line of equipment continues to impress and meet the demand of printers. The NW140 UV digital narrow
web press offers terrific performance with UV LED-cure single pass output at speeds up to 80 feet per minute on any label stock. It will be demonstrated
at FESPA 2013 in tandem with a Spartanics X140 laser die-cutting station, and supports media up to 2mm thick on 3-inch cores up to 2 feet in diameter.
INX Digital will also highlight the CP100 UV digital cylindrical printer with printed samples and a video demonstration. Local distributor Josero
(www.josero.com) will have representatives in the stand.
INX Digital Introduces MSS Eco Solvent Inkjet Inks
Continuing with a strategic approach to produce innovative new products that are friendly to both the planet and printers, INX Digital has introduced its
new MSS eco-solvent inkjet inks. Designed to be used in conjunction with Mimaki® JV33™ and JV34™ wide format printers, these Triangle® brand line
inks offer a host of environmental solutions.
“We recently completed beta testing at a number of sites in North America and these inks passed with flying colors. The results and the comments we
received were very impressive,” said Ken Kisner, INX Digital’s Vice President of Business Development and CTO for digital division ink technologies.
“For a very long time, INX has demonstrated a commitment to corporate responsibility in developing new products that are less harsh on the
environment. Printers using the MSS eco-solvent inkjet inks will benefit from less waste with cartridge-by-cartridge changeover or by taking advantage
of our other bulk use ink systems. In addition to being a cost-effective solution that does not spare quality, these are tremendous advantages that sign
graphics and other specialty printers should consider.”
INX Digital has formulated the MSS inks so they are color and chemically compatible with Mimaki SS21 inks. They offer a wide range of compatibility with
vinyl banner media and are available in CMYK. No flushing or re-profiling is required, so printers will experience less waste when changing the 440
ml cartridges. Options include one liter bottles for use with the EasyFill Bulk system, or the Eco Bulk ink system that houses ink in a 2000ml bag-in-box
format. It can contain up to two liters of ink, delivers greater consistency and saves money with less waste.
Fast drying with excellent adhesion, MSS inks are supported by the INX Digital worldwide outdoor durability and ink train warranty that is a standard
offering on most Triangle brand ink products. MSS also is part of the company’s recycling program, which accepts any empty wide format ink
cartridges – Triangle, OEM or other alternative ink branded cartridges. The main requirement is that printers must return a minimum of 25 cartridges
and free shipping is available.
INX International Ink Co. is undeniably the world’s leading supplier of metal decorating ink for 2-piece cans and flat sheet metal printing. At Cannex &
Fillex de las Americas, INX (booth 227) will feature three new ink systems and a complete line of ink and coating solutions for the metal decorating market.
A variety of 2-piece, flat sheet and digital application ink solutions will include both conventional and UV ink types on display at the show, which runs
from May 1-3 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The CP100 UV digital cylindrical printer will demonstrate in the booth how to print 2-
piece cans. For the latest developments before and during Cannex, follow INX on Facebook and Twitter, or visit the web site at www.inxinternational.com.
The three new ink products are the TP Plus Base System, INXCure® TP UV Plus Base System and AP Retort II. INX International President &
CEO Rick Clendenning says booth visitors can count on these products to meet market expectations.
“INX International continues to develop new products to meet the requirements of the metal decorating industry worldwide,” said Clendenning.
“With the many developments and issues impacting metal decorating, customers know they can trust our products. We have an outstanding R & D
department devoted to staying ahead of the curve and designing the best ink products for the marketplace. Cannex presents a great environment
to share these developments with the industry.”
The TP Plus Base System inks are formulated for fast make-ready. The thermoset 3-piece inks have a combined soy and vegetable oil content
mixture and have demonstrated outstanding printability and runability. With a wider water balance window and abrasion resistance, these bright
colors provide improved adhesion, gloss and fabrication to produce outstanding printability with a clean and sharp image.
The INXCure® TP UV Plus Base System offers an extensive array of base colors with superior transfer, fabrication and flexibility benefits. Like the
TP Plus Base System, these inks are designed for use on crowns, caps, closures and 2-piece DRD cans, as well as welded aerosols and decorative
tin applications. With a fast cure response, they run with a variety of fountain solutions and have displayed excellent adhesion to most clear, white
base and color coatings.
The AP Retort II inks for 2-piece metal decorating features improved ink rheology and misting capability. These thermoset inks have demonstrated
superior press performance and good transfer properties while exhibiting retort resistance with no color migration, fade or bleeding.
In addition to inks and coatings, INX offers digital printing equipment for the 2-piece and flat sheet markets from its EVOLVE® Advanced Digital
Solutions brand line of equipment.
The CP100 UV digital cylindrical printer is designed for short-run work and uses Xaar™ patented through flow technology to deliver exceptionally
consistent, eye-catching color. It offers high quality, single or multi-pass through-cured 4-color resolution up to 300 dpi that, according to customers,
can’t be matched by traditional screen print, heat transfer or sublimation bottle printing methods. The CP100 over prints, over varnishes and fabricates
very well, and specifically formulated UV LED inks give it a capability that is unrivaled.
The MD1000 UV digital flatbed printer, like the CP100, offers best-in-class performance and image quality for the short-run production of decorative tins,
general line containers and aerosols. The printer is so unique and versatile that it has been used for a wide variety of functions, such as producing
acoustic tiles for the inside walls of a musical auditorium.
As a value-added service to customers, INX conducts a series of educational seminars for both the 2-piece and 3-piece market tailored to customer
requests and specifications. These seminars provide a working knowledge of printing ink and its characteristics, and the goal is to take the mystery
out of printing ink. Some examples include Ink; Cost Containment; Label Set-up; Ink Film Applications; and Wet-on-Wet Printing. The sessions
typically run from one hour to 3-1/2 hours in duration.
INX International to Sponsor, Support Print UV Conference
INX International recognizes the importance and impact the Print UV Conference has on commercial, packaging and specialty printers and leaders in the
UV printing industry. When Print UV 2013 convenes March 3-6 at the Wynn Encore Resort in Las Vegas, INX will be there in full force as a platinum
sponsor for the sixth consecutive year and to provide technical expertise on a number of key ink issues.
Jonathan Graunke, INX Vice President – Energy Curable Technology, will take part in the session on “A New Paradigm of UV Speeds – Keeping Up at
20,000 SPH”, scheduled for Monday, March 4 at 11:15 am. Mr. Graunke will support any ink questions on ultra high speed sheetfed printing that
will arise from the presentation given by James Caro of All Packaging Co.
INX offers a full product line of energy curable inks and coatings that include low migration technologies. Attendees visiting the INX table will be
able to learn more about special effects, UV-LED ink systems and low migration. With the many changes taking place involving UV printing
capabilities, legislative issues and new technologies, Graunke believes the Print UV Conference is the place to find the right answers.
“Our low migration products meet the requirements of legislative regulations and industry specific guidelines,” said Graunke, who will be joined at the
conference by other INX technical experts. “Low Migration is a hot topic and that’s why we want to discuss the technical, legal and best practice
ramifications. I’m also interested in hearing what Dr. Stephen Klump of Nestle has to say about the latest developments."
Dr. Klump, Global Packaging Quality and Safety Manager for Nestle in Switzerland, is scheduled to discuss “Energy Curable Ink Safety – Nestle”, on
March 4 at 3:15 pm.
INX has compiled a comprehensive guide on “Low Migration Inks in Packaging”. Stop by the INX table during the conference to pick up a
INX and The Oldham Group Expand Distributor Agreement
INX International Ink Co. and The Oldham Group recently agreed to expand their distributor partnership to include UV, traditional offset and UV flexo
and water flexographic inks. The relationship between the two Illinois-based companies dates back to 2008 when The Oldham Group began offering
INX heatset, UV and conventional offset products primarily under a private label agreement.
The Oldham Group has built a reputation on its outstanding technical support and service capabilities in prepress and the pressroom. After forming
an electronics division in 1989, they invested in equipment, staff and training to become leading experts in many areas including CTP, color proofing
and color management with on-staff G7 experts. In 2007, the company created a wide format division to meet growing demand for digital options
among its customer base.
Known as Oldham Graphic Supply when the business began in 1951, the company has grown significantly. The Oldham Group now operates in 15
states with offices in Chicago, Dallas and North Canton, Ohio, in addition to its headquarters in Springfield, Illinois. Distribution and service coverage
range from Houston to Milwaukee and east to Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
“The Oldham Group has a magnificent history and a solid customer base,” said Michael Brice, Director of Business Development for INX
International. “As we have learned since we formed a strategic relationship four years ago, they have a great understanding on how to leverage
their multiple offerings to deliver a total value proposition to their customers. By expanding our channel program, this will give them and their
customers’ access to more of the best products in the industry.”
Mike Garrison, Director of Sales for The Oldham Group, said Oldham customers have acknowledged their approval since the company
embraced INX International’s significant R&D capabilities and robust technical support.
“The combined technical support of our companies is unparalleled in the industry,” Garrison remarked. “The positive impact has been immediate
with the brand recognition of INX products, and the opportunity to bring a strong brand to our customers was paramount in our decision. INX
compliments our portfolio and significantly enhances our ability to provide bundled purchasing efficiency to our customers business.”
INX International Earns EcoLogo Certification for EcoTech TC II
INX International Ink Company’s EcoTech™ TC II sheetfed inks have earned certification from the environmental standard EcoLogo™ Program.
Certified inks include four EcoTech process colors and 13 blending bases. EcoLogo is a Government of Canada official certification mark and
North America’s largest, most respected environmental standard. It is exclusively managed by TerraChoice, a global leader in environmental certification.
The EcoLogo Program helps public and corporate purchasers and consumers find and trust environmentally preferred products across 80 categories.
Its logo and certification assures that all environmental claims made by manufacturers are understandable as well as both accurate and reliable.
Founded in 1988, EcoLogo awards products that demonstrate environmental leadership within their category. An ISO 14024 Type 1 program, it
evaluates products against scientifically rigorous criteria to reflect the entire life cycle of the product.
Printers using EcoTech inks have an edge in the marketplace. These high performance inks are mineral oil and cobalt drier free, and offer fast start-ups
and drying times and a quick return to color run after run. Besides dot sharpness and press stability, especially in light coverage situations, printers
have experienced good gloss and rub resistance and can foil stamp in 48-72 hours. EcoTech inks conform to ISO 2846-1 standards and are suitable
for GRACoL G7 certification.
The new AquaTech ION™ Label ink systems are now available from INX International Ink Co. Introduced to the market at the Labelexpo Americas
2012 show last September, these premium quality water based flexographic printing ink formulations represent a significant advancement for paper,
film and thermal label printing on anilox rolls up to 1500 lines per inch.
Each ION aqueous system offers strong performance with superior press stability for better printability at a wide range of press speeds. Taking into
consideration the brilliant color strength and outstanding transparency and resolution, ION is the ideal choice for narrow to mid-Web flexo operations
providing work for tag and label customers.
The paper, thermal and film systems provide benefits with unique characteristics. ION-P™ is formulated to run on various paper substrates to include
most prime label, EDP, semi-gloss and a wide variety of pressure sensitive and tag liners. ION-T™ offers high heat resistance and is designed for
direct and indirect printing across various paper substrates. The ION-F™ series is designed to provide excellent adhesion on most treated, non-
porous Film structures including Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyester, Cellophane, Vinyls and Foils.
Save on Print UV 2013 Conference Early Bird Registration
In five short years, the widely popular Print UV Conference has made a connection with commercial, packaging and specialty printers and leaders in the
global UV printing industry. It attracts a full house of attendees, leading organizers to add an extra day to the schedule for Print UV 2013, which is
being held March 3-6 at the Wynn Encore Resort in Las Vegas.
In support of its sixth consecutive year as a platinum sponsor, INX International Ink Co. has arranged a special discount on early bird pricing.
Attendees can save $100 by registering before the deadline on December 31. Visit the web site at www.printuv.com, click on the Registration link
in the upper right corner and insert INX-VIP when prompted for the discount code. The discount still applies for regular pricing rates that begin on
Designed for UV/EB users who are dedicated to sustaining the growth of energy curable printing, the Print UV 2013 Conference offers opportunities to
network with industry leaders to enhance UV printing capabilities, discuss legislative issues and learn about the latest technologies. A reception on
the night of March 3 will be followed by sessions on sheetfed printing on March 4 and universal UV on March 5. The newly added session on March
6 will focus on flexographic and wide-web printing. Registrations will be accepted up to February 25 or until the event reaches capacity.
As a longtime ambassador of creating and developing environmentally friendly and sustainable products for the printing industry, INX Digital International
has embraced the opportunity to be directly involved in an important new event. The company will be the official Hub and Research sponsor of
EcoPrint Europe 2012, to be held September 26-27 at The Station in Berlin.
EcoPrint Europe 2012 www.ecoprintshow.com is being billed as the world’s first event designed to provide solutions for sustainable media production.
A focused forum promoting sustainability for brands, agencies, print buyers and print service providers, the goal is to unite and educate the supply
chain from manufacturers through to brand owners.
The EcoPrint Hub that INX Digital is sponsoring is a networking area for visitors and exhibitors to share ideas and make new connections. INX
Digital is also supporting the EcoPrint White Papers, which are designed to provide the EcoPrint community with insight and direction for sustainability.
“INX Digital International has supported a sustainability agenda and corporate responsibility for the environment for nearly 15 years. Being
involved with an event such as EcoPrint Europe is a natural fit for us,” said Paolo Capano, Director of INX Digital Italy.
“Our mission begins with our Research & Development team, taking into consideration what is best for the planet in terms of using raw materials
and its impact on the environment. We have an impressive roster of green, sustainable products that includes the TRIANGLE™ brand of EDX
ECO inks, DTX Textile inks and the Eco Bulk ink delivery system, to name a few. INX Digital continues to progress with a multi-year plan to
develop more sustainable and environmental friendly products, and we’re looking forward to sharing our knowledge with visitors to EcoPrint Europe.”
EDX is INX Digital’s widely popular line of ECO solvent inks. Both EDX and the DTX Textile inks have been a huge success for INX Digital’s
Aftermarket ink channel. Eco Bulk is an easy-to-use ink delivery system that consists of one box of 100 percent recycled material instead of five,
440 ml cartridges. The ink is housed within a foil bag and once emptied, the bag is disposed of and replaced, a much more sustainable approach
compared to plastic. The foil bag can contain up to two liters of ink, which is double the current industry standard of one liter packaging and results
in less waste.
Labelexpo Americas visitors, take notice of the hometown company when the show begins September 11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention
Center in Rosemont, Illinois. INX International Ink Co. (booth #6451) will formally introduce the NW140 UV digital narrow web press with inline laser
cutting from Spartanics, the new AquaTech ION™ Label ink systems, and the latest in the INXFlex™ line of UV flexographic products, including
advances in LED, Low Migration and High Shrink inks.
Combined with its high performance driven flexographic inks and coatings and plans to run live digital print demonstrations throughout all three days
of the event, INX has everything any tag and label operation needs to succeed.
“Labelexpo has been a good show for us throughout the years. I’ve had this week circled on my calendar for months and I’m glad it’s finally here,” said
Rick Clendenning, President & CEO of INX International.
“It was two years ago at Labelexpo when we introduced a prototype label machine that impressed many people. Today, that device is the NW140 UV
digital narrow web press and it is very unique to the marketplace. Simply put, no one else has anything like it. We’re also introducing for the first time
our new AquaTech ION™ Label ink systems. I’m expecting a very good response to these inks because they represent a dramatic advancement for
paper, film and thermal label printing.”
The NW140 UV digital narrow web press with inline laser cutting from Spartanics is incredibly fast. It can achieve single pass printing at speeds up to
80 feet per minute on any label stock. It also can print 140 mm wide while providing for easy separation of printed labels.
“We have made a few changes to the NW140 press since we showed our demonstration model at Labelexpo two years ago,” said Jim Lambert, Vice
President and General Manager – Digital Division of INX International Ink Co. “This is a very robust and dynamic piece of equipment and our partners
have done a terrific job.”
The NW140 UV digital narrow web press, in addition to the inline laser cutter from Spartanics, counts on 14 innovative Xaar 1001 printheads, which have
seven ink channels. In addition, it employs an air-cooled UV-LED pinning system from Integration Technology Ltd., and Phoseon Technology’s
FireLine 225 high efficiency, water-cooled UV-LED curing system. Live demonstrations of the NW140 are planned for all three days of Labelexpo.
The new AquaTech ION premium quality water based flexographic printing ink formulations are the result of a new formulary breakthrough for label
printers. INX created the original AquaTech in the late 1990s, and ION is not only a terrific upgrade with improved benefits but the perfect choice for
narrow to mid-Web flexographic operations that provide work for tag and label customers.
Each aqueous system for paper, film and thermal label has unique characteristics. Offering strong performance with superior press stability for better
printability at a wide range of press speeds, ION has brilliant color strength and outstanding transparency and resolution. An optional ION-Plus version
for printers handling jobs requiring anilox rolls up to 1500 lines is also available.
INX has other inks and coatings it will prominently feature at Labelexpo. Coating products on display include soy-based and UV coatings for
digital inks that are low cost and low curl. Also featured will be combination white inks for screen printing.
Leading the contingent of UV flexographic products are the INXFlex™ UV-LED process inks. UV curable inks that are formulated to cure under Light
Emitting Diode (LED) UV lamps with wavelengths between 380-400nm, they provide minimal plate swell for flexographic printing on most tag and
label and pressure sensitive substrates. These inks also have been formulated without VOC solvents and are environmentally friendly.
INXFlex™ UV ITX-free Low Migration process inks are a premium, best-in-class UV curable flexographic product with low odor. Formulated to be ITX-free,
they make a difference in the marketplace by having low migration characteristics for indirect food contact and are in compliance with the Swiss
Ordinance and other regulatory measures INXFlex Low Migration also prints with less plate swell on most tags and labels, pressure sensitive, and
shrink and in-mold label applications.
INXFlex™ UV ITX-free High Shrink inks also provide minimal swell for flexographic printing. A premium ink, it is specifically engineered for extreme Shrink
Sleeve applications. Suitable for most tag and label, pressure sensitive and in-mold label applications, they have excellent adhesion to a wide
variety of substrates and are V-Pyrol free. These inks also can be printed with aniloxes up to 1800 line screen with 1.0-1.2 BCM.
INX to Debut New AquaTech ION Ink System at Labelexpo 2012
INX International Ink Co. has experienced tremendous success due in part to having a world class Research & Development team engineer and create
new breakthrough products. This year is no exception. Visitors to Labelexpo Americas 2012 will be the first to see the next generation of AquaTech
ION™ Label ink systems when INX (booth #6451) introduces it at the show, which runs from September 11-13 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention
Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
The new ION premium quality water based flexographic printing ink formulation represents a significant advancement for paper, film and thermal label
printing on anilox rolls up to 1500 lines per inch. Each aqueous system offers strong performance with superior press stability for better printability at a
wide range of press speeds. Taking into consideration the brilliant color strength and outstanding transparency and resolution, ION is the ideal choice
for narrow to mid-Web flexo operations providing work for tag and label customers.
“We are very excited with unveiling this new formulary breakthrough, which we look to serve as the hallmark for not only today’s but tomorrow’s label
printer. I’m sure the audience at Labelexpo will be excited when they find out what this next generation of ION inks can do for them,” said Jim Krstulic,
who manages Solutions Sales for INX International Ink Co.
“AquaTech was originally created 15 years ago and has proven to be an important industry staple. Our newest ION systems are extremely easy to use.
Its stay-open formulation is highly effective in keeping screens clean and transitions toward vignettes smooth. We also have the optional ION-Plus
version for printers handling jobs requiring anilox rolls up to 1500 lines.”
The paper, thermal and film systems provide benefits with unique characteristics. ION-P™ is formulated to run on various paper substrates to include
most prime label, EDP, semi-gloss and a wide variety of pressure sensitive and tag liners. ION-T™ offers high heat resistance and is designed for direct
and indirect printing across various paper substrates. The ION-F™ series is designed to provide excellent adhesion on most treated, non-porous Film
structures including Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyester, Cellophane, Vinyls and Foils.
INX Digital, Giant Media Announce Regional Agreement For Wide
Format EDX Inks
INX Digital International today introduced a new partner for the alternative market in North America. Giant Media, LLC is one the largest authorized
Mutoh dealers in the U.S. and Canada for the wide format industry. They will now sell INX Digital’s alternative line of products, which includes the
popular eco TRIANGLE™ EDX inks.
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Giant Media is well known for its customer service, quality product lines and reasonable prices. Since 2004, the wholesale
digital printing and equipment company has provided equipment, supplies, software and consumables to the sign and graphics industry. As part of
its commitment to the industry, Giant Media is in the process of securing an additional distribution facility in the Midwest to offer even faster service to
Ken Kisner, President of INX Digital International, said that joint promotions of EDX inks to certain markets will begin this month.
“We’re excited about partnering with Giant Media because of their market knowledge and access to certain markets,” Kisner said. “We did some
extensive field testing with various inks and systems and the results were very positive. Brad Bergamo and his people at Giant Media have an
excellent reputation and this is a great opportunity to offer and expand our reach in the market.”
INX Digital introduced the environmentally conscious EDX inks in 2010. Ideal for the wide format market, new color profiles are not necessary to
obtain compatible output when using EDX inks. EDX is a fast drying ink with low odor and is designed for Mutoh, as well as Roland and Mimaki,
printers with Epson DX4 and DX5 print head technology.
Bergamo believes his customers will like the cost savings aspect EDX presents.
“In today’s market, everyone is looking for cost savings but not at the cost of sacrificing quality or risking equipment failure with non-OEM inks,” Bergamo
said. “With EDX, you get the highest quality ink on top of a significant cost savings. These Triangle brand cartridges are chemically compatible with the
OEM ink sets.”
The Specialty Graphics Imaging Association’s annual event next week in New Orleans is sure to be packed with a variety of unique products, and that
has become the rule for INX Digital International. Once again serving as a Gold sponsor, INX Digital (booth #733) will focus interest on a pair of
environmentally conscious inks when the 2011 SGIA Expo is held October 19-21 at the Morial Convention Center.
INX Digital is generating plenty of support in the marketplace with its TRIANGLE™ DTX direct-to-textile and TRIANGLE™ EDX inks. While both are
color compatible and fast drying, many differences exist that make them unique. Ken Kisner, President of INX Digital International, considers them
keen solutions for nearly any situation a specialty imager would encounter.
“The reaction from our customers and others in the marketplace to DTX and EDX is extremely positive and encouraging,” said Kisner, whose
employees in the booth will be wearing pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
“The North American marketplace is reacting and purchasing green initiative related products such as these two inks. That’s why we have for years
been developing and bringing to market with the most environmentally friendly products possible. As we continue to develop Triangle brand inks,
we will concentrate on making high quality products that are safer to use and safer for the environment.”
DTX direct-to-textile was created for and is experiencing success in the aftermarket sales channel for INX Digital. A water-based ink, it is designed for use
on direct printing with synthetic fabrics using Epson® print head based printer technology. DTX exhibits fast drying characteristics on polyesters with
minimum 60 percent blends and does well on various coated and uncoated medias. Available in six colors and one liter bottles, it also performs
extremely well and is very durable in outdoor conditions.
“DTX direct-to-textile ink is a very flexible product and for all the right reasons,” Kisner said. “In addition to being chemically compatible with
an alkylphenolethoxylate-free formulation, it displays optimal ink fluidity and excellent image definition with vibrant color. DTX really is an ideal
product for today’s specialty imagers.”
The debut of EDX last year marked the first time INX Digital’s TRIANGLE brand offered a color and chemically compatible ECO product for
the alternative market. New color profiles are not necessary in order to obtain compatible output to the OEM inks when printing. Fast drying with low
odor, EDX provides a significant cost savings when compared to Roland Soljet series printers ECO inks. And when compared to OEM wide format
inks, EDX is typically 30-50 percent lower in cost.
INX Digital will also introduce a new printer to the TRIANGLE® brand. The HP® 8000 printer will be demonstrated using HPS ink.
It won’t be hard to find Jim Lambert at Graph Expo in Chicago. The VP and General Manager of INX International’s Digital Division will be the guy with the
big smile on his face as he shows off the new NW140 UV digital narrow web press with UV LED-cure single pass output and Spartanics laser
die-cutting capabilities. INX booth (#427) visitors will see it in demonstration mode printing labels and film stocks all four days of the show, which
runs from September 11-14 at McCormick Place.
“Our new UV digital narrow web press is very unique to the marketplace and that’s why we are excited about putting the spotlight on it at Graph Expo,”
said Lambert. “Two things make this press very unique. One, the NW140 jets a pre-treatment that opens the door to many possibilities. Second, it
combines printing and conversion in one machine when you use the new Spartanics laser die-cutter so you don’t have to take a printed roll off the
machine. Besides brilliant full color, one can expect quicker job changeovers as well as automated, accurate cutting paths.”
“The combination of Spartanics’ material handling and laser cutting expertise with INX’s UV printing technology is a perfect match for the narrow web
printing market,” said Tom O’Hara, President of Spartanics. “The ability to go from artwork to finished product on a single machine within minutes
should prove very exciting to the short-to-medium run market.”
The NW140 press is the latest addition to INX’s highly successful EVOLVE® Advanced Digital Solutions brand line. At this show a year ago, INX
previewed what was to come with a series of in booth education seminars. Topics covered by company experts and engineers included presentations
on LED lamp technology, ink systems and Xaar™ print heads for integration. The NW140 is one of the first results of these developments, utilizing
14 Xaar 1001 printheads, a Phoseon FireLine 225 high efficiency, water-cooled UV LED curing system and an air-cooled UV LED pinning system
from Integration Technology.
“Having the pre-treatment is very compelling,” Lambert explained. “This means traditional substrates used conventionally are possible to employ because
of the jetting of receptive coatings for inks. Most vendors require specific substrates, and this pre-treatment makes it extremely digital print friendly. The
INX team has done a tremendous job of working with our partners to offer a digital press that has plenty of firepower for today’s needs.”
The NW140 UV digital narrow web press provides single pass printing at speeds up to 80’ feet per minute on any label stock. While providing for
easy separation of printed labels, the NW140 offers a base coat application for non-treated media. It will support media up to 2mm in thickness, and
on 3-inch cores up to 2 feet in diameter. The LED curing lamps are used for the pre-coat, white base layer and varnish to hold the inkjet drops in
position before a full cure is added by another LED lamp, and laser die-cutting.
The high level of expertise exhibited by its partners allows INX International to take this digital press to the next level. The laser die-cutting capability
provided by Spartanics new X140 laser cutting station combines continuous printing and converting speeds up to 80 feet per minute. Spartanics sets
the standard for best-in-class finishing equipment with the fastest single source laser cutting machines in the world and unprecedented depth-of-cut
control. By combining UV digital printing and laser converting, this system eliminates rotary die cutting tools and printing plates for quick turnaround of
high quality labels.
Xaar’s 1001 printheads combine the most advanced design and manufacturing process to deliver high quality drop formation and placement
accuracy. Regarded as the world’s leading independent supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, Xaar’s 1001 series provides the highest print quality
with 1018 dpi apparent greyscale print resolution with seven selectable drop sizes ranging from 6 pl to 42 pl. The 14 print heads on the NW140
press have seven ink channels, including a base coat, white, yellow, cyan, magenta, black and clear for varnish.
Responding to printers’ needs is always a worthwhile goal, but INX Digital had the absolute solution for outdoor products with low term durability at the
18th annual Shanghai International Ad & Sign Technology Equipment Exhibition. The company introduced its new TRIANGLE® LD (low durability)
series of high performance inks at the four-day show that took place from July 6-9 at the Shanghai International Expo Centre.
The TRIANGLE® LD series of true solvent-based ink includes STX for HP Scitex XL1200, XL1500 and Grandjet printers, and VUV for printers using
Spectra®, Hitachi Koki®, Xaar® 126 and Seiko® 572 with 14pl print head technology. Both inks are designed to be outdoor durable for 1 year. A
greater color gamut and lower cost compared to OEM inks are a few of the outstanding benefits, but the series has much more to offer according to
Alex Garcia, INX Digital’s Business Development Director of the Latin American Region.
“STX and VUV are part of our flagship products and have consistently prevailed in a very competitive market,” Garcia said. “They were originally available
only in a 2-year durability formula, so we expect the 1 year formulation will be very appealing. In the super wide digital printer segment, both products
are recognized as true solvent inks that consistently display a superior color gamut and great adhesion to all types of media.”
Both STX and VUV now offer a short term outdoor durability option of 1 year. Garcia believes these products address a need printers have been asking
for. Combined with a lower price point, he thinks the 1 year durability formulations of STX and VUV will prove to be very effective in the marketplace.
“The short term durability will provide the end user with the same benefits at a more affordable cost. This is especially inviting for printers who do work for
special events such as sporting events and concerts, and political campaigns that do not require long term durability. I expect these products to be very
popular in countries that place a visual emphasis on outdoor advertising,” said Garcia, who also oversees the Caribbean market.
TRIANGLE STX and VUV inks are now available in the Asia-Pacific (except in Australia and New Zealand), Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and
Middle East markets.
As the traditional printing world continues to evolve with digital printing solutions, INX Digital International is hedging its education efforts in the
process. Following the successful introduction of a training portal for dealers in the third quarter of 2010, INX Digital recently upgraded its
www.smartINX.com web site that is available 24/7.
INX Digital manufactures and distributes inkjet inks and toners for a variety of industrial markets. The training portal provides a sales overview and
insight into the products offered by INX Digital to dealers who desire to be registered with the company’s global network. In the last year, INX Digital
has introduced several new product lines of dry and liquid toner, plus a range of customized industrial inkjet inks including textile products and UV
curable technologies. Initially available only in English when it debuted nearly eight months ago, the portal now offers Spanish and Portuguese
“The smartINX.com portal is invaluable as a training tool and an information and reference center for our dealers and employees,” said Ken Kisner,
President of INX Digital International. “Much time has been invested in creating videos, course materials, and a library as well as other educational
content. This is another value-added resource not only for our dealers but our internal staff as well. We currently have three courses available, but
are continuing to add resources to this project and will expand the portal. The world of digital is a very exciting place to be and we believe this
technology tool will help grow our business and empower the global dealer network and channel program.”
INX Digital employees have participated in mandatory training sessions and are well versed to assist and handle any questions dealers have.
Dealers logging into the portal will find a section on how to get started, followed by a training catalog and objectives and access to the virtual library.
They’ll also find training solutions that will prove effective and get a better understanding on how the company’s digital product technological
advancements help with print performance.
INX Digital to Showcase its Green Future at ISA Expo
Promoters of this year’s ISA International Sign Expo 2011 have artfully captured the imagination of sign industry personnel with the promise that
“First impressions start here.” INX Digital International Co. (booth #4315) has added to that message, which began at last year’s show. When
visitors convene for the April 28-30 event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, they’ll get a glimpse of the future when they
see the display INX Digital has waiting for them.
In addition to the wildly successful EVOLVE® Advanced Digital Solutions, INX Digital will be promoting its new Triangle™ EDX inks and Eco Bulk ink
delivery system and introduce the new Prodigy™ brand to the sign industry. A separate business unit, Prodigy currently serves the Graphic Arts with
toner and industrial inkjet inks for OEMs, Integrators and print head companies within the digital market. Upon entering the booth, visitors will walk
under an archway designed to introduce them to Prodigy. Display cases of digital print applications will include a unique variety of everyday
solutions that use UV, water and solvent-based products as part of the Prodigy portfolio.
“A year ago at this show, we explained our philosophy and strategic plan for using renewable resource materials and our plans for moving forward,”
said Ken Kisner, President of INX Digital Americas.
“We believe our ink formulation expertise, coupled with EVOLVE and the Triangle and Prodigy brands, makes us an unequaled source for
products, technologies and services for the sign industry. INX Digital has operations in the U.S., as well as Italy, China, India and the Czech
Republic, so we are well situated to handle the growing global demands. The products we have at this year’s ISA Expo will show our vision
for the future of digital printing.”
The EDX inks are a new line of eco solvent products and the first time the Triangle brand has offered a color and chemically compatible ECO
product for the alternative market. With dual compatibility, users can perform cartridge-by-cartridge changeover without wasting ink. New color
profiles are not required in order to obtain the same color as OEM inks when printing. Designed for Roland printers with Epson DX4 print head
technology, EDX is a fast drying ink with low odor and is both HAPS- and TAPS-free. EDX also provides a significant cost savings when
compared to OEM eco inks.
Eco Bulk is a perfect example of INX Digital’s corporate commitment to developing more sustainable products. An integral part of the company’s
Green recycling program, the ink delivery system is easy to use and features a unique cardboard box design that consists of 100 percent recycled
material. Comprised of one box instead of five, 440 ml cartridges, the ink is housed within a foil bag. Once emptied, the bag is disposed of and
replaced, a much more sustainable approach compared to plastic.
The foil bag can contain up to two liters of ink, double the current industry standard of one liter packaging. It also results in less waste, but 440 ml
cartridges are available for customers who use less ink. An extensive test program conducted by INX Digital revealed that more volume allows
for greater consistency of the product being delivered through the network.
CannedWater4Kids Seeks Help for Japan Earthquake Victims
CannedWater4Kids (www.cannedwater4kids.com.) founder and CEO, Greg Stromberg, of INX International Ink Co. is asking for the industry’s help to
aid children who were affected by the devastating earthquake that struck northeast Japan on March 11.
“We have arranged for the transportation to ship a truckload of 52,800 12-ounce cans of water to Second Harvest of Japan. The water is being
designated for children in homeless shelters and orphanages,” said Stromberg, who serves as INX Director of Sales, National Accounts – Metal Deco.
“The overseas freight cost was donated by UPS through Aidmatrix.org, but we need to cover the costs of filling the 2,200 cases of 24-packs of water.
This is very similar to the efforts we were involved in after the earthquake in Haiti a year ago. The printing industry has proven to be generous in the
past and I’m asking for their support again.”
CannedWater4Kids is a North American based 501c3 non-profit initiative to generate awareness and fund projects to purify water for children in
developing nations. Proceeds from U.S. sales are used to support numerous efforts to provide access to clean water for children throughout the
world; 95 cents of each dollar donated goes to fund projects.
Visitors to www.cannedwater4kids.com can donate directly to CW4K to help this cause. Individual on-line purchases of 12- and 24-can packs of
CW4K water are also available.
INX International Debuts Two New Metal Decorating Inks
Further enhancing a well deserved reputation for product quality and superior service that ranks them as a leader in the 3-piece metal decorating market,
INX International has recently introduced a pair of new inks. TP UV Fusion™ is the first UV hybrid low migration ink available in the market for 3-piece
metal decorating, and the TP LEC base system of thermoset inks represents the latest in high quality, earth friendly products.
TP UV Fusion™ hybrid inks are specifically formulated for indirect food packaging applications that require low migration and low odor inks. These unique
inks conform to Nestle requirements for packaging inks and qualify for the ASA Soy Ink Seal as they are environmentally friendly without VOC solvents,
in addition to being both ITX and Benzophenone free. With exceptional adhesion to a wide variety of base coated metal substrates, TP UV Fusion
offers excellent press stability and color balance that is comparable to the best conventional litho inks on the market.
Known for its outstanding Research & Development capabilities and success over the years, INX as part of the development process had an
independent laboratory conduct a migration analysis on these hybrid inks. The lab confirmed the migration limit of 10ppb in 95% ethanol, with the
overall migration conditions selected according to the requirements specified in Directive 85/572/EC.
The sample material was exposed to 95% ethanol for 10 days at 40° Celsius. It was determined the overall migration values were far below the limit of
10 mg/dm2, and by using LC-MS/MS no photo initiators or acrylates were detectable. By using GC-MS, no significant identified signals above 10ug/kg
(10 ppb) were observed.
The TP LEC base system thermoset inks for 3-piece metal decorating are formulated for fast make-ready and low temperature bake. With
outstanding printability, these bright, low energy cure inks offer excellent adhesion and fabrication and abrasion resistance, while producing good gloss
and a clean, sharp image. An environmentally conscious product, nearly one-fifth of the LEC base system consists of soy and vegetable oil contents
and is formulated VOC free.
INX Digital Introduces New Southern California Partner
INX Digital International announced today that 360 Digital Imaging Solutions is now a new authorized partner. The newly formed, San Diego based
distributor will offer a wide format line of TRIANGLE™ branded ink to customers in the southwestern U.S. Ink products for HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland
and Seiko digital printers include HPS, MLD, EDX, JVV, JVS and DTX.
360 Digital Imaging Solutions is a product knowledge driven company that specializes as a value-added reseller of large format supplies and equipment.
The new business venture began operations last month and is managed by a seasoned group of people with extensive sales and technical experience
in the digital industry. Familiar with and understanding of the challenges digital print companies face, 360 promises next day delivery to its customers
located in the southwestern states.
INX Digital’s TRIANGLE brand inks offer outstanding value and many benefits for the alternative solutions market. For example, EDX is a fast drying ink
with low odor and provides a significant cost savings when compared to OEM wide format inks, typically saving customers 30-50 percent. By partnering
with 360, INX Digital International’s Chip Vielhauer said the company expects to strengthen its presence in the Southern Californian market.
“INX Digital is very excited about the new business opportunities that are likely to develop as part of our new partnership with 360 Digital Imaging Solutions,”
said Vielhauer, the company’s North American Partner Sales Manager. “We continue to focus on the changing needs of the printer service provider (PSP)
and with a quality partner such as 360, we can support the business needs of PSPs looking for alternative ink solutions. Long term, I see the potential for
this partnership to increase our market share in the region.”
Throughout the years, Triangle Digital Ink was associated with producing innovative new ink products. Consolidated under the INX Digital International banner
in 2009, the TRIANGLE® brand continues to thrive today. The newest product to reach the alternative marketplace is PDQ, a multipurpose, high performance
mild solvent pigmented ink that is considered ideal for super wide format color printing systems.
The PDQ inks offer tremendous color gamut and great adhesion to multiple vinyl and banner stocks, including PVC-based substrates such as self adhesive
vinyl (SAV) and banner prints. Designed for use in high resolution printers that have 32 to 42 picoliter (pl) print heads with a drop volume between 9-25 pls,
these 4-color CMYK inks provide stronger cyans, richer magentas, a jetter black and a true process yellow. Keeping with INX Digital’s 10 year tradition of
producing kinder products for the environment, PDQ inks are cycloxehanone free. While the company continues with the same quality control regiment that
all of its inks are subject to, INX Digital has found more cost competitive pigments which are aligned with shorter ad campaigns and still boast up to one year
of outdoor durability.
“This is a very good time to introduce PDQ, especially in the Latin American market,” said Alex Garcia, Director of Latin America Business Development for
INX Digital International. “These new inks show how our TRIANGLE brand continues to react and adapt to competitive market conditions, yet continues to
offer the highest quality in the market. This gives end users one more tool to compete in today’s extremely competitive markets. In Latin America, we are just
around the corner from a large number of elections which require shorter advertising cycles and very competitive prices.”
“PDQ will give printers many different options with TRIANGLE’s huge portfolio of products. The pigment particle size is sub micron and the color is computer
controlled to guarantee batch-to-batch consistency,” said Karla Witte, Vice President of Product Development for INX Digital International. “These high
performance inks work on Spectra®, Xaar®, and Ricoh print heads, and perform extremely well on PVC type substrates. We have kept the printer in mind
and they will appreciate knowing PDQ is cyclohexanone free and with a reduction in odor.”
Refreshing new twist: CannedWater4Kids — from a bottle!
Hiking, biking, at work, the health club, around the house, yard or garden — wherever you go, now you can carry cool, pure glacial-spring water from
CannedWater4Kids with you in an official CW4K 24-oz. stainless steel bottle. Thanks to INX International Ink Co. and its Digital Division’s unique new CP100
UV cylindrical printer, a limited number of these specially designed, colorful bottles will soon be available for purchase on the CW4K web site,
“It’s a great way for us to help CW4K supporters enjoy our fresh drinking water virtually anytime, anywhere,” says Greg Stromberg, INX executive as well
founder and CEO of CannedWater4Kids. “Just fill it up with CW4K water from cans.” Citing numerous studies that show contamination in most tap water
throughout the U.S., Stromberg said each CW4K bottle “fill-up” conveniently puts two cans worth of pure water from a 300-year-old underground glacier at
“In addition, the purchase of these bottles is another way to support our efforts to help provide clean water for children worldwide.” According to Stromberg,
more than a billion people on our planet don’t have access to clean water. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that a child dies every eight
seconds from drinking unsafe water.
“Stainless steel bottles like these typically retail for about $25,” Stromberg observes. “While we haven’t yet determined a price for the CW4K bottles, 95 cents
of every dollar — as with purchases of our water — will go toward projects such as drilling wells in developing nations, providing water purification packets, or
donations to globally recognized clean-water causes. We are also considering providing a free (or reduced-price) bottle with purchase of a 24-can case of
CW4K water for a limited time, or to a limited number of initial purchasers. These details will be finalized in February and posted on our web site,
Revolutionary printing method offers individual or group-specific options for CW4K supporters
Stromberg also notes that, just as any printer with a CP100 in-the-round machine can quickly and efficiently produce short-run or even individualized
commemorative bottles, cans and other round objects, CW4K could provide specially printed bottles for groups interested in displaying their own support for
“Thanks to ongoing industry-wide product and service support for our program — particularly INX, in this case, with their new cylindrical printing technology —
we can potentially offer CW4K customers a variety of options,” adds Stromberg, INX Director of Sales, National Accounts – Metal Deco. “Peter Gorman at
brandsupport365 did a terrific job with the designs of these bottles. Further announcements will appear on the CW4K web site and interested parties also are
encouraged to forward requests for consideration.”
INX International Attains EcoLogo Certification for EcoTech
INX International Ink Co. today announced that its highly prized EcoTech™ TC sheetfed inks recently earned successful verification and certification through the
environmental standard EcoLogo™ Program. Certified inks include four EcoTech process colors and 11 blending bases.
EcoLogo is North America’s largest, most respected environmental standard and certification mark. It is exclusively managed by TerraChoice, a global leader in
environmental certification and green marketing whose majority owner – ULC Standards – is part of the Underwriters Laboratories global network providing
environmental services to companies around the world.
The EcoLogo Program helps public and corporate purchasers as well as consumers find and trust environmentally preferred products across 80 categories. Its
logo and certification assures that all environmental claims made by manufacturers are understandable as well as both accurate and reliable. Founded in
1988, EcoLogo awards products that demonstrate environmental leadership within their category. An ISO 14024 Type 1 program, it evaluates products against
scientifically rigorous criteria that reflect the entire life cycle of the product.
“This is a significant honor not only for the EcoTech TC blending bases, but also for our Research & Development department and the people behind the
products,” said Chris Bonk, INX Sheetfed Technical Director. “When an organization of this stature recognizes and verifies your products, it tells the print
industry that we have met or exceeded very demanding guidelines. Our inks required special formulations and manufacturing techniques to achieve these
results, but developing eco-friendly and economically feasible products is a part of our tradition that now stretches past 10 years.”
Introduced at Graph Expo 2008, EcoTech™ process color inks are rich in bio-based, renewable raw materials (above 61%) and very low in VOCs (less than 3%).
Printers using these inks have capitalized on the edge they provide with superior on-press performance, including fast start-ups and a quick return to color on
run after run. In addition to dot sharpness and press stability, especially in light coverage situations, printers have experienced excellent fast set and dry times
and good gloss and rub resistance.
EcoTech inks conform to ISO 2846-1 standards and are suitable for GRACoL G7 certification. Tests have shown they reduce waste and wash-ups because
they can remain in the fountain overnight.
INX International Introduces HyStar SpH Packaging Inks
INX International Ink Co. announced today that U.S. operations will soon begin distribution of the next generation of mid-grade GCMI packaging inks.
HyStar™ SpH is the latest technology from INX and is available in conventional and low copper formulations. It provides much greater ink stability leading to
more consistent color control, improved printability, and the opportunity to reduce converting waste while requiring less operator maintenance of the inks
while on press.
INX will continue to offer the entry-level StarFlex™ and graphics level TriStar™ GCMI product lines with their existing technologies. Both products provide
substantial performance and value that customers are looking for. As more workhorse anilox rolls move away from 165- and 180- lpi to a line screen in
excess of 200 lpi, more worldwide customers have gravitated from StarFlex to HyStar to meet their day-to-day GCMI needs.
“We are pleased to offer the packaging industry and our customers the benefits of this exciting new product line,” said Rick Clendenning, President and
CEO of INX International. “We have been producing pH stable products successfully for many years. With the recent introduction of the GCMI Edition X
color guide, we believe it is the right time to take our mid-grade packaging product line to the next level. It’s also why we are confident HyStar SpH will
complement our entire packaging ink product portfolio, which offers superior performance and industry competitive pricing.”
INX International Makes Inroads with EVOLVE Advanced Digital
INX International Ink Co. and INX Digital International Co. have successfully introduced the EVOLVE™ branding concept to help traditional printers and
converters evolve to digital printing with industrial inkjet systems. A comprehensive effort at a number of industry trade shows took place in the last several
months to roll out a full range of resources, including integrated systems, chemistry, parts, services and consulting, that are being utilized to help support printers
as they transition to new levels of production excellence.
The EVOLVE concept was developed to assist conventional impact printers with the integration of digital inkjet printing into their company’s capabilities.
EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions (www.inxevolve.com) is made possible through consultation and, if suitable, the development of technology, equipment,
ink and support. Whether a company wants to integrate digital technology into its existing operation or explore digital capabilities for the first time, INX stands
ready with products, technologies, systems and services to help evolve to new levels of production excellence.
“EVOLVE is a concept that will help our traditional customers make the transition into the digital world,” said Rick Clendenning, President and CEO of INX
International. “We see EVOLVE as an opportunity to introduce new technologies and opportunities to our customers. Digital technologies such as our
CP100 UV cylindrical printer can help them expand their portfolios, giving them some new capabilities to develop niche markets.”
“These customers want to go digital. They have the need and the will, and our job is to help them succeed,” said Ken Kisner, President of INX Digital
International Co. “EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions will promote the wide array of high quality products to help our customers make money. Our expertise
is in ink, but we have developed software and machinery for specialty applications and we can make customized inks to meet our customers’ needs.”
INX Digital’s unique experience with innovative design and development of inkjet systems can provide customer-driven solutions for inkjet printing, production
workflows and material handling, and inkjet print engines and printers as standalone products or for customization and integration into existing printing
operations. Digital provides operational flexibility for a host of manufacturing and niche capabilities including wide format, super-wide, narrow web, UV
flatbed, pre-press and others. From textiles, wall coverings and flooring to folding cartons, flexible packaging and cylindrical printing, EVOLVE Advanced
Digital Solutions covers it all.
INX Digital also makes customer-driven ink and coating solutions designed for every type of digital printer and print-head technology. This includes solvent,
UV-curable, UV LED-curable, aqueous, and thermal and oil piezo inks. Its uses cover a large universe of large-scale exterior and in-store media such as
POP, billboards, building wraps and fleet graphics to packaging. The company will offer solutions for printing on vinyl, paper, corrugated, plastic, carpet,
fabric, cylinders and other unique substrates.
For short-run digital prototype packaging and production, EVOLVE was recently used to introduce the NW100, a new high-speed, single-pass UV LED-
curing narrow web printer at Labelexpo 2010 and the new MD1000 UV flatbed printer at Graph Expo.
Vast Audience Find Answers with INX Digital at SGIA
With a booth full of digital products, INX Digital International Co. officials expected an enthusiastic response from wide format printers who historically support
the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) Expo. What was surprising was the number of traditional and grand format printers that visited the booth
during the October 13-15 show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“It was a very good show in terms of printers who were looking to purchase and those who had the power to purchase,” said Ken Kisner, President of INX
Digital International. “SGIA this year seemed much different than in the past. Besides the wide format print shop owners and operators who always have
supported us, we had a good number of traditional and industrial printers in our booth. That was a pleasant surprise, especially since several people who had
just attended Graph Expo specifically visited us to see our CP100 cylindrical printer again.”
The CP100 UV digital cylindrical printer headlines the company’s EVOLVE® Advanced Digital Solutions line. INX Digital technicians ran UV LED inks on the
CP100 in the booth and answered plenty of questions about the printer, which is designed for short-run cylindrical packaging. The UV LED inks not only
contribute to energy savings, but represent the company’s commitment to developing more sustainable products that proved very popular with the SGIA crowd.
The new EDX line of eco solvent inks and Eco Bulk ink delivery system were among the many highlights of the show. EDX marks the first time INX Digital’s
Triangle brand has offered a color and chemically compatible ECO product for the alternative market. A fast drying ink with low odor and dual compatibility,
users can perform cartridge-by-cartridge changeover without wasting ink. Booth visitors voiced their approval that these inks were launched specifically for
Roland series printers with Epson DX4 print head technology. EDX inks also provide a significant cost savings compared to OEM eco inks.
An important development of INX Digital’s Green recycling program, Eco Bulk is a new type of ink delivery system for wide format inks that’s easy to use.
Show attendees liked the unique cardboard box design, which consists of 100 percent recycled material and replaces five, 440 ml cartridges. Eco Bulk
also earned points for its sustainable approach. The ink is housed within a foil bag and, once emptied, is disposed of. The foil bag can contain up to two
liters of ink, double the current industry standard of one liter packaging and with less waste, but 440 ml cartridges will be available for customers using less ink.
“We made it a point this year to consult traditional printers currently using gravure, offset and litho to evolve components of their business to digital. This
effort continues to show new growth and allow these well established companies to differentiate and increase profitability,” Kisner said. “INX Digital has
always been known as an innovative company and we have now launched a new, aggressive approach to bring profits to our customers. Many print
manufacturers, as well as owners of print shops who visited INX Digital at SGIA, are excited to use our new jettable fluid technologies to create new
revenue streams for their shops or to make current revenue streams more efficient. It is obvious to us this year’s show will translate to sales quickly.”
As a Gold sponsor at this year’s Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) Expo, INX Digital International Co. will use the occasion for the North
American debut of its new Triangle ECO inks and Eco Bulk ink delivery system. Joining both products in the booth (#3249) during the October 13-15 show
at the Las Vegas Convention Center will be the EVOLVE® Advanced Digital Solutions line.
“We are very proud of our association with SGIA and we are looking forward to another outstanding show,” said Ken Kisner, President of INX Digital
International. “It’s been a demanding but good year, and our products have been well received at every event we have attended globally. There is a lot
of enthusiasm for what we have to offer printers who are interested in transitioning to digital printing. Our customers who have done so are experiencing a
new revenue source and have set a course for the future. I invite those attending SGIA to visit our booth and learn how digital printing can help them.”
EDX is a new line of eco solvent inks and represents the first time INX Digital’s Triangle brand has offered a color and chemically compatible ECO product
for the alternative market. With dual compatibility, users can perform cartridge-by-cartridge changeover without wasting ink. New color profiles are not
required in order to obtain the same color as OEM inks when printing. Designed for Roland printers with Epson DX4 print head technology, EDX is a fast
drying ink with low odor and is HAPS- and TAPS-free. EDX also provides a significant cost savings compared to OEM eco inks.
INX Digital will be running UV LED inks in the booth on its CP100 series EVOLVE printer, which is designed for short-run cylindrical packaging. The CP100 is
an important part of integrated systems technology platforms developed by INX Digital to provide customer-driven solutions for inkjet printing,
production workflows and material handling. This is another example of how INX Digital can pull from its large resource base to provide engineered print
systems and have the ink optimized for use in the system.
“EVOLVE is unique and remains a work in progress, so we can adapt to the ever-changing needs of the customer,” said Willis Reese, Director of New
Business Development for INX Digital.
“The EVOLVE business strategy is enabling those companies who want to go digital, but don’t know where to start the process. INX Digital is leading the
digital market when it comes to providing a total solution. EVOLVE allows the print customer to explore our chemistry and equipment capabilities to
determine what’s best for their business. The bottom line strategy is that we are helping customers to see how their current business can go digital without
huge expenses involved.”
INX Digital formulates the UV LED inks, which not only contributes to energy savings but is in line with the company’s corporate commitment to developing
more sustainable products.
A perfect example of that commitment is Eco Bulk. As an integral part of INX Digital’s Green recycling program, it’s a new type of ink delivery system that’s
easy to use and features a unique cardboard box design consisting of 100 percent recycled material.
Eco Bulk is comprised of one box instead of five, 440 ml cartridges, and the ink is housed within a foil bag. Once emptied, the bag is disposed of and
replaced, a more sustainable approach compared to plastic. The foil bag can contain up to two liters of ink, double the current industry standard of one
liter packaging and resulting in less waste, but 440 ml cartridges will remain available for customers using less ink. An extensive test program revealed that
more volume allows for greater consistency of the product being delivered through the network.
INX to Help Transition with EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions at
When it comes to providing a total solution for the digital market, INX Digital International has the answers. The leading manufacturer previewed several
new technological platforms a year ago at Print ’09 that generated much interest and plenty of important feedback. With Graph Expo opening a four-day run
this Sunday through October 6 at McCormick Place, the digital partner of INX International will shine the spotlight on EVOLVE® Advanced Digital Solutions in
“We are extremely proud of our EVOLVE business, which is very unique. It remains a work in progress, so we can adapt to the ever-changing needs of the
customer,” said Willis Reese, Director of New Business Development for INX Digital International. “The EVOLVE business strategy is enabling those
companies who want to go digital, but don’t know where to start the process. This is especially true for the industrial market. Many printers understand
they must either start a digital program, or realize their current traditional business needs will need to switch to digital in order to keep up with the trends and
best offerings in the marketplace.”
The CP100 UV digital can printer headlines the EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions line and is one element that will be featured at Graph Expo. Designed
for short-run cylindrical printing and packaging work, a prototype was previewed a year ago. The CP100 now produces brilliantly printed items such as
aluminum cans and water bottles in only minutes. The cost effectiveness of this printer makes it intriguing for any commercial or package printer to develop
specialized packaging and create a new revenue stream.
“What Graph Expo visitors can expect from the CP100 is a patented technology that no one else has,” said Jim Lambert, Vice President – Digital Division, of
INX International Ink Co. “We had a great response from people last year and made some minor adjustments to the printer based on what we learned.
The CP100 decorates 2-piece metal cans, it overprints and over varnishes and fabricates well. At the show, we will be printing on deep drawn, impact
extruded 1-piece metal reusable water bottles. Anyone who visits the booth will realize the terrific value it offers for short run solutions.”
The CP100 digital printer is just one key item of integrated systems technology platforms developed by INX Digital to provide customer-driven solutions for
inkjet printing, production workflows and material handling. Other unique EVOLVE products include the MD660 UV digital flatbed printer and NW100 UV
narrow web printer. The brand also features high performance ink and coating solutions for virtually every type of digital printer and print-head technology
for printing on vinyl, paper, corrugated, plastic, fabric, glass, metal and other exotic substrates.
“INX Digital is leading the digital market when it comes to providing a total solution,” Reese concluded. “EVOLVE allows the print customer to explore our
chemistry and equipment capabilities to determine what’s best for their business. In many cases, EVOLVE winds up providing the chemistry and a print
engine that has been modified to fit an existing traditional printer. The bottom line strategy is that we are helping customers to see how their current business
can go digital without huge expenses involved.”
Excitement builds for INX International at Graph Expo
Building off the response to several technology preview demonstrations a year ago at Print ’09, INX International Ink Co. and INX Digital International (booth
#2512) will take the next step in evolving to digital printing when Graph Expo opens its doors this Sunday in Chicago. INX will feature EVOLVE® Advanced
Digital Solutions as well as new inks, equipment and educational seminars during the four-day, October 3-6 show at McCormick Place.
“We are anticipating a terrific show at Graph Expo. I think there are printers who are ready to move forward into digital printing,” said Rick Clendenning, INX
President and CEO. “Last year at Print ’09, we introduced a few new technologies that generated substantial interest and feedback. In the last 12 months,
we have enhanced our knowledge and taken those efforts to the next level. Combined with several new aspects that include our seminar program, we
have what I believe printers are looking for to expand their business.”
Clendenning’s vision on the value of digital printing will be communicated in part through a series of educational seminars. Three presentations daily will be
offered at 11, 1:30 and 3 on the first three days of the show. Ranging from advanced ink systems and device calibration including GRACoL G7 methods, to
an explanation of EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions, show visitors can register to attend any seminar at www.inxinternational.com/ge10. These sessions
are geared to printers not involved with digital printing, will last about 15 minutes and include off-line demonstrations.
A prototype of the CP100 UV digital can printer first exhibited at Print ’09, now headlines the EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions line. The CP100 is a key
part of integrated systems technology platforms developed by INX Digital to provide customer-driven solutions for inkjet printing, production workflows and
material handling. A patented technology available only through INX, it is designed for short-run cylindrical printing and packaging work and produces vivid
printed items such as aluminum cans and water bottles in minutes. The CP100 is highly cost effective and available for delivery later in the fourth quarter.
Another new product consideration for commercial and package printers is the MD1000 UV flatbed printer. A new generation extension of the MD660 printer,
it quickly and inexpensively delivers real-metal sample proofs in minutes for the short-run production of decorative tins, general line containers and aerosols.
Not only available to metal decorators, the MD1000 offers quality in excess of 1200 dpi at 150 to 220 feet per hour on a wide variety of rigid and flexible
media including plastic, corrugate and carton.
INX will display several environmentally friendly designed inks at Graph Expo. The EVOLVE brand for the digital printers in the booth will include energy
curable and UV LED inks. Traditional inks to be showcased include INXCure UV Web, INXFlex™ UV Flexo, and the INXCure LED series. As a leading
industry innovator, the company’s sheetfed LED series is proven to offer superior print quality and cure response under the most demanding conditions. The
INX Research & Development team expects the demand for energy curable specialty inks to continue since UV/EB products increase productivity and offer
improved physical properties while reducing costs and meeting environmental compliance.
Sheetfed process system inks EcoTech™ and EcoPure™ will enhance any printer’s Sustainability roster. The EcoTech inks not only conform to ISO 2846-1
standards, but are suitable to GRACoL G7 certification. Other inks that will be featured include the best-in-class energy curable product line - Fusion™ hybrid
inks, INXCure FTP EB inks and world class Low Migration inks - and specialty inks and coatings.
INX International Ink Co. Announces Price Increase
INX International Ink Co. has announced a price increase effective September 1, 2010. Ongoing raw material
supply shortages are continuing to have a serious effect on printing ink production.
Company President Rick Clendenning states the economic downturn in 2008 caused many of the printing ink
industry’s raw material suppliers to reduce operating capacity. Several suppliers permanently shut down
manufacturing plants. Over the past 12 months demands have increased and raw material suppliers are still not
positioned to adequately supple and service this increase in demands.
“These ongoing raw material supply shortages and cost increases are continuing to have a serious impact on
printing ink costs, supply and production. Key materials such as Titanium Dioxide, Violet 23, UV Monomers and
Acrylic Acids (Acrylic Resins) have increased in cost and many are now on restricted supply,” Clendenning said.
“We understand and respect the fact that all markets are still recovering from the 2008 economic downturn, and
we will continue to do everything possible to mitigate printing ink price increases in all markets.”
This increased demand imbalance on specific global raw materials and chemical feed stock markets has forced
INX International Ink Co. to take the following actions effective Sept. 1: Solvent based white inks and water
based white inks will increase in price from 4-6 percent. Inks containing Violet 23 (purple) and water coatings
will each increase 8 percent. Water base inks, bases, clears and blends will rise 2-4 percent, and UV inks and
coatings will be increased 8-10 percent.
INX International Ink Co. will strategically address the impact of the above mentioned raw materials as related to
specific inks and markets rather than generically mandated increases across all product lines and market
segments. INX sales representatives are available to discuss with customers any specific questions or concerns
related to this announcement.
INX and PIA MidAmerica Build on Strong Relationship with PrintGuard
Safety Training Program
In a time where the recent recession has created a new economy, it is good to know that a relatively inexpensive
program for safety training developed specifically for the printing industry continues to gain strength and support.
Now in its eleventh year of existence, the PrintGuard® Safety Train-The-Trainer program offered by the Printing
& Imaging Association (PIA) of MidAmerica has added significance when taking into consideration recent OSHA
actions that could prove expensive to any print operation.
As the sole corporate sponsor of PrintGuard® Safety Train-the-Trainer courses, INX International Ink Co. has
been involved since day one. In 1996 the late Gary Reniker, who at the time was safety director for INX
International, met with Jim Oldebeken, the current executive director of PIA MidAmerica. Oldebeken had just
seen the results of his group’s survey indicating they needed help to meet OSHA compliance requirements.
“In reviewing the OSHA rules, we learned everyone would need to know about 1500 pages worth of information,”
recalled Oldebeken. “Most of our members do not have the time or expertise and realized there was a gap that
needed to be filled. Gary knew the regulations to focus on and went to work on providing the industry with this
After doing their homework, the pair applied for and was awarded a Susan Harwood training grant offered by
OSHA. Charles Adkins, OSHA regional administrator of region 7 in Kansas City, Mo., reviewed Reniker’s work
and made recommendations that Oldebeken implemented. Since 1999, more than 1400 companies have sent
over 2600 representatives to various Train-The-Trainer events from coast-to-coast in the U.S.
Today’s PrintGuard class consists of 10 hours of classroom instruction that was originally developed in partnership
with OSHA. Oldebeken said it is a perfect situation for people with safety management as part of their job
responsibilities, but who are not safety professionals. Attendees learn how to create safer workplaces for
employees and to prevent serious injuries and illnesses. Oldebeken said the recent hiring of several hundred
new inspectors by OSHA is a message that can’t be ignored.
“Over 70 percent of OSHA inspections are unannounced and the average fine is $2,300. Penalties of up to
$70,000 may be imposed for each willful violation,” Oldebeken said. “A record of the violation is also listed in the
OSHA database, thus increasing the likelihood of a re-inspection of that facility. The OSHA code of federal
regulations comprises 40 books, so in our class top management can learn about specific OSHA requirements
and thereby determine their level of compliance. Taking into consideration our course costs less than $100,
that’s why so many people continue to take advantage and support it.”
Brian Rutherford, nationally recognized for his 24 years of experience with safety knowledge and OSHA
compliance issues, handles the course instruction. Through PrintGuard, he has personally taught safety and
OSHA compliance to more printing employees than any other person. He mixes industry knowledge with lively
presentations and supplies anecdotal information on successes and failures in safety. Attendance for both days
of the course, usually a full day followed by a half-day session, is required to earn the OSHA completion card.
“Brian and Gary knew each other from their days with the Air Force reserve. They also worked together on a
variety of safety related programs,” said Oldebeken, indicating that PIA MidAmerica presents an annual award,
the Gary R. Reniker Environmental Health & Safety Professional of the Year, as a way to remember a true industry
“PrintGuard was developed in Kansas City and now has a national impact in preventing injuries, illnesses and
deaths in the printing industry. It is one of our greatest accomplishments as a trade association,” Oldebeken said.
“PrintGuard would not have happened without Gary’s and INX’s involvement in developing the course and
sustaining it for 11 years as a corporate sponsor. They truly do more than sell ink by continually demonstrating
a commitment to the safety and health of the 900,000 employees of today’s U.S. printing industry.”
PrintGuard classes this year have already taken place in Ft. Lauderdale and Chicago. This week’s event at PIA
MidAmerica headquarters in Dallas (July 22-23) marks the halfway point on the schedule. Oldebeken predicts
there will be another class offered in the Midwest and one available on the west coast before the end of the year.
INX Digital’s New Silver Metallic Ink Primed for FESPA
INX Digital International Co. introduced several new interesting products when FESPA opened in Munich,
Germany on June 22. As the Industrial side of the digital printing market continues to expand from impressive
growth with business units switching from conventional printing or going into digital printing for the first time, the
company’s new metallic Silver inkjet ink will likely attract huge interest throughout the show. INX Digital is
demonstrating the Silver ink on a Mimaki JV3 printer in the Technology Showcase section of its booth in Hall B1,
The cutting edge metallic Silver inkjet ink is a result of the organizational capabilities of INX Digital, INX along
with the creation of partnerships to help deliver new products to the marketplace quicker. INX Digital has
teamed with Eckart to develop a solvent based metallic Silver and plans to expand the silver into the UV curable
market this year. Company officials expect it will have a direct impact on the Industrial channel, as well as the
label and tag market and the folding carton segment of packaging.
“We have been asked for 2-3 years if we had metallic silver ink for specialty applications in some new targeted
markets,” recalled Willis Reese, Global Director of Business Development for INX Digital. “We created the
partnership with Eckart so we could continue our focus on various chemistries requiring CMYK, Light Magenta,
Light Cyan, Whites and clears. At the same time, we recognized specialty items like silvers would have life on the
Industrial side for those who want to print special effects on media that is evolving to digital printing. Our
partnership will help us provide solvent and UV metallic silvers to all aspects of the digital market.”
Reese said INX Digital has positioned itself with Industrial printers as a partner and supplier with total solutions
for the digital market. The company already possesses the ability to help customers for a specialty built machine
that does not exist in the market. Not only can it be designed to meet their specific printing needs, but it comes
with specialty designed chemistry that will perform with proven print heads and desired media. Through its
EVOLVE® Advanced Digital Solutions, INX Digital offers metal decorators advanced digital technology. The
MD series of UV flatbed printers and CP100 UV digital Can Printer are uniquely designed to print with specialty
“We have the ability to enable a conventional printer to modify their press units with a partial digital add-on such
as a print engine or with a full machine design,” Reese said. “We respect the fact there are other outstanding ink
suppliers in the market, but any Industrial printer throughout the world now knows they can call INX Digital and
expect digital printing expertise and support from A through Z.”
Reese expects the new Silver metallic ink to generate plenty of buzz for its European debut at FESPA, based
on the reaction the new ink received at its North American premier at ISA in late April.
“As a total digital solution company, we are excited about the present and future at INX Digital. We have worked
diligently to bring new ideas, new chemistries and overall solutions to the market, and we received a fantastic
response to Silver at ISA. We have positioned our customer service, technical and sales service and
manufacturing departments to help the Industrial market transition into exciting digital outcomes. I like to say if
it’s not digital today, it will be eventually. Any printer should realize that by involving INX Digital, they will have
the confidence to successfully bring digital printing to their shop sooner rather than later.”
INX Digital International Co. announced today it will introduce AXB, a new BIO formulated ink for the European
superwide market, next week when FESPA runs from June 22-26 in Munich, Germany. A Triangle brand product
developed for the Alternative market, the cross platform ink is made from renewable resources and is in line with
the company’s commitment to producing more sustainable products for the marketplace. INX Digital will have
AXB on display at FESPA in Hall B1, Stand 360.
“Our new AXB ink is the result of INX Digital’s strategic approach with the new technology generation of
environmentally responsible products that are now available for superwide format printing and heavy duty
production environments,” said Andrej Keblusek, Director of INX Digital Czech, a.s. “The development of AXB
is in direct response to the worldwide increase of corporate and public awareness on environmental issues.
We believe our commitment to the BIO line of renewable resource inks is exactly what the superwide market
is looking for at this time.”
AXB offers outstanding scratch resistance and is UV resistant for up to three years outdoors. Since it dries
extremely fast on multiple substrates, AXB gives customers the ability to use many of their printers in faster
modes with less ink consumption, plus has a wider color gamut to choose from. AXB has been approved for
use in numerous superwide printers that use Spectra, Xaar 128 and Xaar 500 print heads.
AXB is available in six colors and will be sold in five liter jugs. Contact your INX Digital representative or dealer
for more information.
INX Digital International Co. announced today it will be launching AXM, a new solvent ink product developed
for the European superwide market, at FESPA, to be held June 22-26 in Munich, Germany. The cross platform
ink, a Triangle brand designed for the Alternative market segment, is expected to deliver diversity and improved
logistics as INX Digital dealers and distributors can now offer one type of ink for different types of print heads
used in superwide technologies. INX Digital will be located in Hall B1, Stand 360 at FESPA.
AXM is expected to appeal to printers for its superb scratch resistance and is UV resistant for up to three years
outdoors. Manufactured in Prague to ISO 9001 standards, it dries extremely fast on multiple substrates. This
gives customers the ability to use many of their printers in faster modes with less ink consumption and having
a wider color gamut available to choose from. AXM is approved for use in numerous superwide printers utilizing
Spectra, Xaar 128 and Xaar 500 print heads.
“We are very excited about the introduction of AXM and believe the marketplace is ready for this type of product,”
said Andrej Keblusek, Director of INX Digital Czech, a.s. “Many of our customers have several types of printers
that may run in different volumes. For some customers AXM’s flexibility offers an economic advantage by using
one ink system for different printers. This kind of flexibility also provides an advantage to some dealers in certain
regions by allowing an expansion of their product line with a product that works in several machines.”
AXM will be available in six colors and sold in five liter jugs. Contact your INX Digital representative for more
Introducing new products to the market requires a sizeable amount of time and money to research, develop and
promote. That is standard operating procedure for INX Digital International Co., but the company is taking it to
another level for FESPA by expanding capabilities for the OEM, Industrial and Aftermarket channels. The June
22-26 event in Munich, Germany, will mark the European debut of the company’s new Silver ink, as well as the
launch of a new textile ink, the Eco Bulk ink delivery system and EVOLVE® Advanced Digital Solutions. INX
Digital will have these products and others on display in Hall B1, Stand 360.
“We have been looking forward to FESPA for a long time,” said Paolo Capano, Director of INX Digital Italy.
“The anticipation has been building and we expect our customers will be impressed by what they see. For
example, the new metallic Silver inkjet ink is remarkable and demonstrates our ability to continue to produce
cutting edge technology products. The BIOINX line supports our commitment to developing more sustainable
products using renewable resources, and our new Eco Bulk system is a prime example of this commitment. I
believe all of our products will be very well received.”
Eco Bulk represents a new type of ink delivery system as part of INX Digital’s Green recycling program. With a
unique cardboard design and easy to use, it is comprised of one box instead of five, 440 ml cartridges and the
ink is housed within a foil bag. Once emptied, the bag is disposed of and replaced, a more sustainable approach
compared to plastic. The foil bag can contain up to two liters of ink, double the current industry standard of one
liter packaging and resulting in less waste, but 440 ml cartridges will remain available for customers using less ink.
A test program showed that more volume allows for greater consistency of the product being delivered through
FESPA attendees looking for new ink solutions will want to check out the Technology Showcase section of the
booth and find the metallic Silver inkjet ink. INX Digital has partnered with Eckert and will expand the opportunity
for Silver into the UV curable market this year. It will be demonstrated at FESPA on a Mimaki JV3 printer and
company officials expect it will make a direct impact on the label and tag market, in addition to the folding carton
segments of packaging.
The new textile ink continues the new dimension of Green products and INX Digital’s commitment to water
based products. Designed for use on direct printing with synthetic fabrics with Epson print heads, it offers optimal
quality and a vibrant color gamut. It also displays fast drying characteristics on polyesters with minimum 60
percent blends, with optimal ink fluidity and printability and excellent image definition and fastness properties.
The BIO line of sustainable ink products will include the new Triangle AXB superwide format inks to debut at
FESPA. AXB uses renewable resource content, offers outstanding scratch resistance and is UV resistant for
outdoor use up to three years. Customers will appreciate having the ability to use many of their printers in faster
modes with less ink consumption and have a wider color gamut to choose from. AXB will work with a number of
printers using Spectra, Xaar 128 and Xaar 500 print heads.
INX Digital will also show the Triangle brand Color Compatible MLD Magenta inks for the Alternative market
and the newly formulated HPS 9000 series for HP and Seiko printers. The EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions
section will be distinguished by three separate plasma TV screens promoting the CP100 can printer, the MD660
UV flatbed printer, and the NW100 narrow web label printer. All three machines give printers the essential
products to successfully transition from traditional printing to new niche markets that includes digital printing.
New Triangle-Brand HPS Inks Introduced for HP 9000/10000 Series
INX Digital International Co. today announced the introduction of Triangle™ brand HPS solvent inks for HP 9000
and 10000 series printers. Currently available in the Americas, these inks provide an easy, waste-free conversion
while offering media compatibility and super chemical resistance.
“Our advanced-formula inks are not only color compatible with OEM options, they provide higher resolution
due to more accurate drop placement,” said INX Digital Americas President Ken Kisner. “The latter advantage
stems from new pigment dispersion methods which enable us to achieve unprecedented levels of uniformity
and consistency in sub micron-particle technology.”
“These inks also are nickel-free, unlike OEM formulations,” said Karla Witte, VP – Product Development for
INX Digital. “HP 9000 and 10000 users can count on bright, true, clean colors with our new and improved
HPS inks. No re-profiling is needed to run HPS, whether you are converting from previous Triangle SCP ink
or OEM. In the process, OEM users can typically realize cost savings of 20 percent or more.”
Newly formulated HPS inks are also chemically compatible with OEM and prior Triangle SCP inks, Witte said.
“Anyone can add new colors one-by-one, running OEM and HPS simultaneously. They don’t need to flush lines
or toss out partially full cartridges. These new HPS formulations provide excellent adhesion to a much wider
range of media. Their resistance to alcohol and common cleaning agents is unsurpassed.”
“Continuous improvement is standard procedure with us and these new HPS inks are an excellent example,”
added Kisner. “We have optimized the formula for more accurate drop formation and dot placement while
optimizing dot gain. These inks also give HP 9000 and 10000 users both color and chemically compatible ink
options at a considerable cost savings.”
Fiber-Frame Debuts at ISA Expo in INX Digital Booth
Free standing banner device solves chronic problems
It’s not easy for retailers to attract customers nowadays, even when signs promote special offers, weekly
bargains, new-product introductions and seasonal, high-profile events. It’s even harder when their outdoor
promotional banners are sagging, display devices look weather-beaten, or ropes, bungee cords or cables
disrupt the view.
The new Fiber-Frame™ free-standing banner frames put an end to such problems. Visitors to the ISA
International Sign Expo 2010, April 8-10 at the Orange County (FL) Convention Center in Orlando, can get a
firsthand look at this patent-pending device in the INX Digital booth (#2772). Developed by Fiber-Frame
LLC of Baton Rouge, LA, Fiber-Frame display devices let retailers put their best foot forward — clearly, cleanly
and with less expense than far-less attractive or effective alternatives.
“Fiber-Frame enables sign shops to offer print-advertising customers real added value on-site: a way to display
their messages with maximum impact,” said Greg Gauthier, owner of Fiber-Frame, LLC. “People spend good
money having their banners printed, and sign shops work hard to deliver high-quality pieces. But no one is
satisfied, and advertisers don’t get full value for their dollars when banners are put in substandard devices
that don’t display them properly.”
Installs in minutes, outperforms and outlasts improvised alternatives
Gauthier said the simplest banner-display devices — poles and ropes, bungee cords or cables — are the most
vulnerable to weather and other issues. “Wind can easily distort the ad message. When the wind subsides,
the banner droops and sags and makes things worse. Constructing wood or steel frames typically requires
purchasing materials, digging holes, pouring concrete, assembling the frame itself, painting and related
preparation. Ultimately, paint fades and peels, wood weathers and the metal rusts. These alternatives wind
up being costly and labor-intensive to construct or assemble, as well as maintain.”
A Fiber-Frame device can be installed in about 15 minutes and taken down in five, Gauthier says. The frame
is made from industrial-grade structural fiberglass, with steel structural brackets. With decades of experience
in the outdoor advertising industry, Gauthier said he chose a fiberglass size that’s very strong for this type of
“It has an extremely high tensile strength and, pound for pound, is stronger than steel. It’s impervious to
weather and the molded-in color won’t crack, chip or peel. ISA attendees will also quickly see for
themselves how the clean, simple Fiber-Frame design doesn’t compete with the advertising. Not only do
advertisements stay smoothly in place, they can be readily replaced as needed.”
A unique solution in three size options, attractively priced
“This is a unique answer to an ongoing problem,” said Ken Kisner, President of INX Digital Americas.
“We like to see solutions like this come to market, because it helps the industry by putting a better product
out there. We are pleased to help Greg introduce Fiber-Frame at ISA, and to offer it through the INX Digital
distribution network and our Triangle brand ink dealers.”
Available in three sizes — 3-ft. x 5-ft., 4 ft. x 8 ft. and 4 ft. x 10-ft. — Fiber-Frame devices are also light weight
and easy to ship. According to Gauthier, a single 4-ft. x 8-ft. frame would retail for about $155, a real
bargain compared to the investment in materials and time typically required to erect less effective wood,
steel frame and similar alternatives.
“Discounts will be offered based on annual volume commitments and pallet size orders,” Gauthier said.
“Frames are shipped in kits that include everything needed for assembly. They also carry a one-year
Warranty against manufacturing defects.”
“Bringing new, innovative solutions to the end user is always a priority for us,” sums up Kisner. “Fiber-Frame
is that kind of a product. Like no other previous banner display device, it holds an advertisement tight and
displays it proudly. That’s the most any user can hope for.”
For additional product details and projected delivery timetables, contact INX Digital Triangle brand ink dealers
or at ISA International Sign Expo 2010, visit INX Digital booth #2772.
INX International to feature 4 products at PLGA Conference
INX International Ink Co. will place their focus on four key products when the 13th annual Packaging & Label
Gravure Association’s (PLGA) Global Operational Conference convenes February 24-26 in Miami. Belle Color™,
INX Platinum Plus™ RG43 Metallic ink, Roto-Flex G and Synergy Gravure™ will be on display at the event, to be
held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Miami.
“We consider the PLGA Conference to be an important event for us for several reasons,” said Mark Hill, Assistant
Director of Research and Development and Vice President of Liquid Technology for INX International. “Many
of the gravure printers attending do business with the packaging sector, a market where we have invested and
support with technology. We also expect to visit with many of our packaging and label converter customers and
potential future clients.”
Belle Color Rotogravure laminating inks are the company’s signature product for the flexible packaging market.
It offers several major ink system advances for retort pouches and boil-in-bag, providing unmatched performance
in the retort and high performance lamination market. With a new proprietary resin system that is free of MEK
(Methyl Ethyl Ketone) and toluene, Belle Color’s adhesion to treated films is exceptional. This includes newer
high barrier options such as AIOx and SIOx coated polyester, and general purpose films like polyolefins, polyester,
cellophane, nylon and saran coated films.
Synergy Gravure works with similar treated films including polyester, polypropylene, polyethylene and saran
coated films. These high performance adhesive lamination inks work well with a variety of solvent based and
solvent-less adhesive systems. The ink blending system is ideal for printers looking to improve printability and
reduce ink inventory levels and offers excellent film adhesion, bond strength and resolubility. Synergy Gravure
also provides exceptional printability at high press speeds.
Roto-Flex G and INX Platinum Plus RG43 Metallic inks are two products that give printers more options.
Roto-Flex G is a base system designed for multiple end use surface print applications where gloss is a
consideration. When used in tandem with the proper extender vehicle, it can be used for printing film, foil or
paper, and printed either as roto gravure or flexographic. Extremely versatile, it provides excellent gloss and
sharp printing at high press speeds and can print on multiple substrates such as films, foils, metalized paper, and
paper. It’s the logical choice for printers with multiple applications.
INX Platinum Plus RG43 Metallic ink rounds out the offerings at PLGA. It is a premium grade VMP metallic ink
developed to stimulate a foil-like or vacuum metalized appearance when printed roto gravure. This solvent
based gravure ink will produce a mirror-like effect on a variety of substrates, ranging from clear and opaque
BOPP PS films and treated polyester to synthetic IML and coated paper. It also can be surface or reverse printed.
Member companies combine to integrate product lines and services
INX Group Ltd. announced today the formation of INX Digital International Co. The formation of this company
is the next step in Sakata INX’s digital strategy to combine its digital resources into one cohesive group.
Former joint venture partners Triangle Digital INX, Megaink AS, and Anteprima SRL have agreed to transfer
their interest from their former companies for ownership in INX Digital International with Sakata INX being the
INX Digital will be led by key personnel from Triangle, Megaink, Anteprima and INX forming a global
management team. Together, the group can expand its product and service capabilities such as traditional
and environmentally friendly ink, along with engineering expertise and distribution for the wide and super-wide
format digital inkjet marketplace. Current product line offerings will continue to support regional channel
strategies with customers receiving technical assistance and support from one of three global divisions: the
Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
“The world continues to become smaller every day and in today’s environment, it makes sense to maximize
each and every opportunity to help our customers. It’s good for their business as well as ours,” said Rick
Clendenning, INX International President and CEO. “By combining these companies’ cumulative resources,
INX Digital is well positioned to deliver to a worldwide audience in a responsive manner not seen before.
With the vast capabilities and global support of Sakata INX in relation to its raw materials, logistics,
manufacturing, and R & D resources, we are excited and optimistic INX Digital will meet and exceed the
demands of the marketplace.”
INX International, INX Digital to Unveil New Products at PRINT ‘09
INX International Ink. Co and INX Digital International Co. (booth 4848) have experienced a breakthrough
year in efforts to expand their sustainable products and digital technology roster. This commitment carries
over into PRINT ’09 with new product introductions and demonstrations at the show, to be held September
11-16 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
INX International will display the recently introduced EcoTech™ process color inks and ProCure™ UV Soy
coatings. INX Digital will unveil a new MD660 flatbed digital printer and its first narrow web press, in
addition to offering a new can printing technology preview using high quality, high-speed digital
technology for short-run production.
“Both companies are offering outstanding products that the industry is ready for and we expect they will be
well received,” said INX President and CEO Rick Clendenning. “These products represent both research
and technology that is developed for today’s environment and economy. We committed years ago to
designing new advances in technology with the environment and customer in mind. Our products at PRINT
’09 reflect this commitment and we believe the impact will create both healthier pressrooms and safer
products for consumers.”
INX Digital will accomplish this using their EVOLVE® branding concept to help traditional printers and
converters evolve to digital printing with industrial inkjet systems. The new MD660 UV flatbed printer
quickly and inexpensively delivers real-metal sample proofs in minutes for short-run production of
decorative tins, general line containers and aerosols. An upgrade from the original MD600 which
represented the first short-run digital production solution for metal decorating, the MD660 achieves
extremely high resolution at over 1000 dpi on coated and uncoated aluminum or steel substrates using
proven and reliable printhead technology.
The EVOLVE® concept will be used to roll out the new high-speed, single-pass UV LED-curing narrow
web press. It delivers brilliant full-color output at through-cure speeds up to 80’ per minute. Using
patented Xaar™ printhead technology, it will be demonstrated in the booth.
A new technology for can printing will also be featured in the booth. Designed for short-run production,
this new option offers high quality, single or multi-pass through-cured 4-color output with an advanced UV
LED-curing system with hybrid UV inks. The preview includes hand-mounted cans on a mandrel that will
be sent through a print tunnel and final curing chamber.
The EcoTech™ process color inks have been registered in the NAPIM Bio-Derived Renewable Resource
(BRC) certification program. Over 65 percent of its content is bio-derived and these inks also conform to
ISO 2846-1 standards and are suitable to GRACoL G7 certification. The three new ProCure™ UV Soy
coatings include standard gloss, imprintable gloss and matte. Formulated with varying amounts of
renewable source soy content, expect high performance with most sheetfed and flexo inks and a range
of substrates including film, paper and board.
The INX booth also will feature its best-in-class energy curable product line, including Fusion™ hybrid inks,
INX Cure UV Web, INXFlex™ UV Flexo, and specialty inks and coatings. The emphasis on energy curable
specialty products stems from the major motivation for using UV/EB products, which includes increased
productivity, improved physical properties, reduced costs and environmental compliance.
INX International Ink Co. is the third largest producer of inks in North America with over 30 facilities in the U.S.
and Canada, and is a global supplier as part of Sakata INX worldwide operations. INX Digital International
Co. is a leading global manufacturer of inkjet inks for wide format, super-wide and new generation digital
printers, and a supplier of printer parts and related services.
SGP Partnership Announces INX International Ink Co. Joins SGP
The Sustainable Green Printing PartnershipSM welcomes the addition of INX International Ink Co. to the
SGP Patron program as a Bronze Patron. INX International Ink Co. joins numerous other companies that have
demonstrated their commitment to sustainability by becoming an SGP Patron. "INX International has for many
years been supportive of green and sustainable efforts within our industry," said Renee Etiopio, INX marketing
manager. "We continue to be committed to developing state-of-the-art products by following our established
guidelines, and we look forward to our involvement with SGP as they share many similar philosophies.”
The Sustainable Green Printing PartnershipSM is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging and
promoting participation in the worldwide movement to reduce the environmental impact and increase the
social responsibility of the print and graphic communication industry through sustainable green printing
practices. Through the generous support of philanthropic companies like INX International Ink Co., the
SGP Partnership is able to keep fees low for printers to participate in the program.
INX International, INX Digital to Unveil New Products at Print 09
Continuing with its quest to develop advanced green and sustainable products for the industry, INX
International Ink Co. and INX Digital International Co. will both introduce new environmentally designed
products at this year’s PRINT ’09 show in Chicago. INX specialists will discuss the new additions at booth
#4848 throughout the show, which runs from September 11-16 at McCormick Place.
“We are very excited and looking forward to PRINT ’09 next month in our hometown,” said INX President and
CEO Rick Clendenning. “Our people have worked very hard and dedicated themselves to develop and
produce outstanding products that match our ideals and beliefs for today’s environment and economy.
What show visitors will find at our booth are new products that will lead to a lower environmental impact while
creating healthier pressrooms, safer products for consumers and greater profits.”
INX International will display its recently introduced EcoTech™ inks and ProCure™ Soy coatings. The EcoTech
process color inks recently were registered in the NAPIM Bio-Derived Renewable Resource (BRC) certification
program as over 65 percent of its content is bio-derived. EcoTech inks also conform to ISO 2846-1 standards
and are suitable to GRACoL G7 certification.
The company will also feature its best-in-class energy curable product line, including Fusion™ hybrid inks, INX
Cure UV Web, INXFlex™ UV Flexo, and specialty inks and coatings. The emphasis on energy curable
specialty products stems from the major motivation for using UV/EB products, which includes increased
productivity, improved physical properties, reduced costs and environmental compliance.
Under its new EVOLVE branding concept, INX Digital industrial inkjet systems enable traditional printers and
converters to evolve to digital printing with several new digital equipment introductions. INX will showcase a
new MD UV flatbed printer, which can produce sample proofs in minutes while providing short-run production
for decorative tins, general line containers and aerosols. Also new are a narrow web digital printer and a
technology preview of a two-piece can printer. Both of these products will utilize Xaar 1001 printhead
INX International Ink Co. is the third largest producer of inks in North America with over 30 facilities in the U.S.
and Canada, and is a global supplier as part of Sakata INX worldwide operations. INX Digital International Co.
is a leading global manufacturer of inkjet inks for wide format, super-wide and new generation digital printers,
and a supplier of printer parts and related services.
New INX ProCure UV Soy Coatings Add Renewable-Resource
Sustainability to UV Equation
Printers taking advantage of UV’s ease, speed and energy savings along with a notable lack of VOCs, now can
add a few additional cards to their Sustainability deck. Three new ProCure™ UV Soy coatings from INX
International Ink Co. include standard gloss, imprintable gloss, and matte are formulated with varying amounts of
domestically produced and renewably sourced soy content.
"These high-performance coatings easily match conventional UV options while also providing a more sustainable
product," said Mike Sajdak, Senior R & D Chemist for INX International. "By formulating with renewable soy, it
supports domestic farming while reducing our dependence on foreign oil."
The new low-odor coatings perform well over virtually all sheetfed and flexo inks, and can be used on an
extensive range of substrates, including films as well as paper and board. Typically used as a last-down UV
coating, the standard ProCure Gloss Soy formulation contains 25 percent renewable-resource product.
Excellent flow and leveling ensure uniform coating with a high gloss finish, slip properties, rub resistance and
resistance to water and organic solvents. Sajdak said this formulation has already run commercially with excellent
Similar performance can be expected from ProCure UV Soy Matte coating, providing a low gloss finish that does
not burnish. Besides its 10 percent soy content, this coating is 100 percent VOC-free, reducing greenhouse gas
The silicone-free ProCure UV Gloss Soy Imprintable coating is specially formulated for foil stamping, solvent ink
jetting or other secondary applications. It is also VOC-free and contains 20 percent renewable-resource soy
material. Application over a wide variety of inks provides a high gloss finish with excellent resistance properties.
The new trio of ProCure UV Soy coatings is another example of results achieved by INX International’s extensive
R & D investment and ongoing commitment to developing greener, more sustainable products to help advance its
customers’ environmental as well as productivity and profit agendas.
Possemato joins INX as new National Accounts Director
INX International Ink Co. today announced that Angelo Possemato has joined the company as a Director of
National Accounts. Possemato has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and will oversee
corporate national accounts in his new sales management role. He is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Possemato hails from a family with a history of dedication to the printing industry. Prior to joining INX, he most
recently served as Vice President of National Accounts at Komori America Corporation since 2006.
Previously he was the UV Product Manager for Technotrans America / IST Metz, and he also held sales
positions at Grafix North America and UV Man. Possemato began his graphic arts career in the ink
industry and at one time managed his own printing company, IST America, for six years.
“Angelo’s wealth of experience and expertise gives us an advantage in so many areas. I am very excited
about him joining our team and getting started. I know our customers and we will benefit from working with
him,” said Rick Clendenning, President and CEO of INX International Ink Co.
“I’m glad to be back working on the ink side of the business, which is how I began my career in the industry in
Los Angeles,” said Possemato. “I’m looking forward to this opportunity with INX to expand on my national
INX EcoTech Inks Qualify for NAPIM-Certified Bio-Derived Renewable
The recently introduced EcoTech process color inks from INX International Ink Co. are again leading the way
among “green” ink systems. They are now registered in the NAPIM (National Association of Printing Ink
Manufacturers) Bio-Derived Renewable Resource (BRC) certification program, so printers running
environmentally-friendly EcoTech inks can utilize the official BRC label, which also indicates the percentage
of renewable resource material content.
The new NAPIM program offers an industry-wide method for consistently measuring, registering and
communicating the bio-derived renewable content of printing inks. Certification results in a “BRC index”
number, approximating the BRC percentage by weight in the ink formulation.
"While further documenting our commitment to sustainable and renewable-resource products, BRC registration
and labeling also offers printers and their customers the opportunity to do likewise," said Chris Bonk, INX VP -
Technical Director for Offset Inks. "This NAPIM certification program helps broaden the awareness of the
value of many different bio-derived materials that can be utilized in high-performance printing ink formulations
such as EcoTech."
Over 65 percent of EcoTech’s content is bio-derived, with vegetable oils accounting for nearly three-fourths of
EcoTech’s BRC percentage. The proprietary ingredients in the EcoTech formula further enhance performance
of the inks, which conform to ISO 2846-1 standards and are suitable for GRACoL G7 certification.
In order to be registered and qualify for the BRC label, each component of an ink formulation is reviewed for its
bio-derived renewable material content before being submitted to NAPIM for confirmation and subsequent
registration. It is then assigned its official BRC index number.
The “70” on the BRC label for EcoTech reflects its high percentage of bio-derived material, which delivers within
the 65.1% to 75.0% range. The ten BRC index categories run from “10” (10.0% - 15.0% BRC content) and
extends to “100” for a 95.1% - 100% BRC formulation.
"For printers and their customers who are committed to more environmentally friendly production, the NAPIM
BRC program confirms that EcoTech provides an ecological option," Mr. Bonk said. "With EcoTech ink,
users are reporting extremely fast start-ups with colors in-balance quickly and fewer wasted sheets. It’s
proving to be a very economical option as well."
INX Digital International Co. has introduced fast-curing BIL UV inks specifically designed for high-speed
production on HP®/NUR XP5300™ printers, with superior performance on woven polyethylene (PE) media as
well as vinyl and other substrates.
"This is the ink set the industry needs now," said Michael Armstrong, Enterprise Sales for INX Digital Americas.
"The new Triangle brand BIL UV inks fit seamlessly into the faster runs needed to meet the demand for 30 and
60-day, 30-sheet billboard postings. They offer better adhesion to lighter, recyclable polyethylene (PE) media.
Plus, they are faster curing than OEM ink options and more flexible, a major advantage in moving printed
posters out to the marketplace."
The inks’ flexibility allows the lightweight 30-sheet recyclable PE posters to be folded down and shipped in small
cartons without surface cracking. "INX Digital specialists have been working with this recyclable media from its
inception," Armstrong said. "The BIL ink set, formulated VOC-free and available worldwide, is specifically
designed to adhere to and flex with woven polyethylene. This gives it the same advantage when printed on
other flexible media."
Armstrong said Triangle’s BIL acrylate-based UV curable inks are optimized for extremely high pigment density
and wide color gamut. They provide a higher chroma magenta and cleaner yellow, and are designed to work
with HP/NUR XP5300 printer technology. The run speeds and coverage with these inks are equal to, if not
better than, OEM options
"With most operations running on tight margins, the potential cost savings of up to 25 percent or more with
Triangle BIL inks can make a significant difference on the bottom line," Armstrong said.
Armstrong said users who have already converted to BIL inks report that printer jets stay open and jet more
consistently, and the print heads require less maintenance.
"When periodic print head cleaning is required, Triangle’s exclusive, patent-pending HeadCure™ cleaning
technology typically achieves 100 percent recovery compared to half with other methods, and for a small
fraction of the cost of new replacement heads."
As more shops alter their production flow to accommodate new media and methods, these are the ink systems
and technologies that can make it easier as well as more profitable.
"When they are ready to evolve POP production to the next level, we have a new Triangle EXP ink set
specifically designed to deliver high-quality output on HP/NUR XP5300s at slower speeds. There are other
advantages similar to those provided by BIL inks in billboard mode," Armstrong said, noting that contacting an
INX Digital representative may lead to additional HP/NUR XP5300 user savings. "Those who asked our
representatives about sources for key components tell us they have found UV lamps, water pumps and other
equipment for as much as 50 percent less."
Armstrong says that in today’s economy, everything adds up.
"Better performance with BIL inks on recyclable PE means lighter weight, better-looking 30-sheets more quickly,
easily and inexpensively printed and put up on boards. With ink savings and machine maintenance savings at
every step, shops can also realize a much-needed boost to the bottom line."
INX International Ink Company recently was the recipient of the Rexam BCE Award for excellence in innovation.
INX International received the honor for its work on the new ink system for the Fusion bottle can project, which
Rexam is in the process of rolling out this year. Rexam is the world’s second largest consumer packaging group
and the world’s leading beverage can maker, producing 55 billion cans per year primarily for the U.S., European
and South American markets.
The Fusion project was the continuation of a great working relationship between the world’s leading and most
innovative beverage can maker and its most innovative ink supplier INX,” said Els Michiels, Purchasing Manager
- Supply Chain for Rexam BCE.
"In today’s competitive world, it’s all about adding brand value and differentiation," added John Reeves,
Rexam’s Marketing Director. "Customers want to customize the bottle to suit their needs, whether it is the type
of closure, the shape or the serving size. Fusion offers it in abundance with a full spectrum of ink and varnish
finishes and debossing, and the design possibilities are endless."
INX worked with Rexam to reformulate a system to be compatible with a specific overprint varnish on the
lightweight and cost-effective 330 ml bottles. In conjunction with Klaas Moser, Rexam BCE’s Ink & Coating
Specialist, the Charlotte facility of INX International and the INX manufacturing site in Rochdale, England,
worked with Alex Folloso and his team of chemists at the R & D department in West Chicago, Illinois, to
optimize the rheology of the whole system in a matter of days. After making the bases in Rochdale and
Charlotte and shipping them to Rexam, Tim Sullivan and John Shireman of INX helped match and blend the
correct colors on site.
"This was a true demonstration of teamwork," said Jonathan Ellaby, INX VP of International Operations. "Our
guys did a tremendous job of pulling everything together and helping Rexam produce good cans in less than
two weeks. Their tireless efforts helped make this process a win-win situation for both parties, and they are
most deserving of this award."
The cans were manufactured at Rexam’s Beverage Technology Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Rexam
operates 16 facilities in the U.S. and another 35 in other parts of the world.
INX International Ink Co. recently opened a new Canadian Field Operations office in the Toronto area. The
new space now gives INX two dedicated facilities to better service Canadian customers, with the main office
being located in Terrebonne, Quebec.
Located at 5444 Timberlea Blvd. in Mississauga, Ontario, the 15,000 square-foot facility was built to service
and supply current customers and future growth throughout Canada. Designed to handle the warehousing
and distribution of solvent based and water based inks for Flexographic and Gravure, UV Flexo, UV Offset
and Offset, it also provides for Aqueous and Energy curable coatings, and digital inks. A fully equipped ink
laboratory supports all product lines and automatic color blending is available for all Offset and water based inks.
"INX International has enjoyed very good growth in the greater Toronto area in the last few years, and this new
facility will take us to the next level with our customers," said Ron Deegan, Director of Sales for the Liquid Ink
Division in Canada and GM of INX Toronto. "With two facilities now in Canada, it puts us in a strong position to
focus on growth throughout the country. This new facility signals a huge commitment to the Canadian printing
market from INX International. In uncertain economic conditions, it proves we are committed to our current
customer base and that we are focused on growth and becoming a major player in the Canadian ink market."
The new ink laboratory is impressive and state-of-the-art. Set up for color matching and some R & D projects,
INX also has the capability to analyze customer packaging and offer technical service response. It is equipped
to handle automatic proofing equipment for Gravure, Flexographic, Offset, UV Offset, bond testing, heat seal,
CoF, rub testing, UV curing and more. The lab is supported by the company’s exclusive R & D facility in West
The new office replaces a former third party warehouse in the Toronto area that was used previously. It also
signifies the level of dedication INX is devoting to the packaging industry.
"We can fully supply and service all of our small to middle size customers who require finished inks and quick
turnaround times," Deegan said. "With the ability to warehouse and distribute various product lines, we are
able to diversify our business and focus on growing not only in the Toronto metropolitan area, but across
INX Digital International Debuts New Generation High-Speed UV-curable
Printer at FESPA
INX Digital International Co. today introduced the Milano™ DXN1, a new advanced-generation UV curable printer
for high-speed, single-pass scanning applications. The new printer will be displayed at FESPA Digital 2009,
which runs now through May 14 at the RAI International Exhibition and Congress Centre in Amsterdam, The
Engineered by Anteprima – which is now part of INX Digital - and manufactured by Italy’s Neolt in a joint venture,
the Milano DXN1 features variable-drop capabilities of the Xaar 1001 printhead. It is based on innovative Xaar
Hybrid Side-Shooter™ and TF Technology™ for accurate drop control, superior print quality and productivity at
speeds up to 1300 sq. ft. per hour. Show visitors can see it in action and learn more at the INX Digital Stand
(Hall 1 – C40) and at Neolt’s Stand (Hall 1 – H40).
Initially available in Europe through INX Digital and Neolt, the Milano DXN1 will be distributed globally through
the INX Digital network.
"The Milano DXN1 is the first printer of its type on the market with this single-pass scanning print mode," says
INX Digital’s Paolo Capano. "We are delivering advanced technology that can move the digital printing industry
forward, with engineering that incorporates advanced printheads originally designed for high-speed narrow web
label printing. Here they can provide both the high-resolution quality and print speed to make the Milano DXN1
a viable alternative for a vast array of additional applications."
"The decision to integrate the industrial strength Xaar 1001 printhead as a key component in the Milano DXN1
is an important endorsement of our technology," says Phil Eaves, Xaar Sales & Marketing Director. "The
ability to produce dynamically variable drop sizes is essential to meet the quality and performance required for
today’s demanding printing applications."
The drop size of the Xaar 1001 ranges from 6 to 42 picoliters. This enables the Milano DXN1 to achieve near
photo quality with up to 1200 dpi resolution at 40 square meters per hour. Output at the larger drop size can
extend up to 140 square meters, nearly 1300 square feet per hour.
Capano said INX Digital International combines this advanced technology with a full stable of proven
high-performance inks designed for the Xaar 1001 printhead by INX Digital UV ink specialists. Recognized
globally for consistent color quality and high adhesion on rigid material as well as flexible media, the inks are
aligned with the Milano DXN1’s ability to print directly onto flat sheets as well as roll-to-roll. The inks used are
from INX Digital’s own Triangle brand and Media options range from vinyl, banner and polyethylene — including
highly durable recyclable PE — to paper and textiles, as well as panel.
"The Milano DXN1 exemplifies the multi-faceted global capabilities that INX Digital International brings to the
marketplace," Capano said. "We are combining USA-based internal electronics engineering, Xaar printhead
technology and European manufacturing by Neolt, plus high-performance UV inks, to deliver a major advance
in digital printing capabilities."
INX Digital International Co. is a leading global manufacturer of inkjet inks and engineered systems for wide
format, super-wide and new generation digital printers, and a supplier of printer parts and related services. As
the digital arm of INX International Ink Co., it offers a full palette of digital ink systems, advanced technologies
and integrated services including chemistry, hardware, software, engineering design and integration. For
more information, visit: www.INXdigital.com.
Neolt and INX Digital unveil the X-Jet UV printer at Fespa Digital
Neolt, a specialist large format UV printer manufacturer, unveils a prototype of its innovative X-Jet printer for the
first time worldwide at Fespa Digital (Stand H40, Hall 1).
The four-color X-Jet is an affordable, hybrid UV printer that uses advanced Xaar 1001 greyscale printheads to
produce high-resolution 1440 dpi images on a wide variety of flexible media at speeds from 40 up to 120sqm/hr.
The variable drop capability of the industrial-strength Xaar 1001 printhead enables 8 levels of variable drop size
from 6-42 picolitres giving users the ability to choose the best resolution for each job from 360 dpi up to a
maximum of 1440 dpi.
The Neolt X-Jet uses INX Digital Triangle UV curable inks that have been formulated specifically for use with
Xaar 1001 printheads to provide high quality performance on a range of materials including vehicle wrap
adhesives. The combination of Neolt engineering, Xaar printheads, INX Digital engineering and Triangle inks
enables the X-Jet to produce smooth tone graphics, fine detail, and sharp text to generate outstanding results
quickly, cost-effectively and reliably.
Neolt and INX Digital engineering, in close cooperation, have also developed a version of this new printer for
INX Digital and this will also be demonstrated at Fespa Digital as the Milano DXN1.
"We are very proud of the X-Jet which combines the best imaging technology with premium inks to produce a
printer which delivers high-end quality at an entry level price," says Giovanni Meani, Director of R&D, Neolt, Italy.
"Neolt and INX Digital engineering have developed a highly flexible printer that maximizes the capabilities of the
Xaar 1001 printhead to give users a choice of imaging options to suit a wide variety of applications," says Phil
Eaves, Sales & Marketing Director, Xaar. "Its capabilities are driving innovation and Neolt and INX Digital have
realized the benefits in the new X-Jet."
Pathway to Sustainability is Green at INX International
INX International Ink Co. has long championed ‘green’ issues with advanced sustainability practices. The
company remains committed to formulating state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly products that deliver
unsurpassed performance and quality. Taking this pledge to the next level, INX is introducing six key initiatives
and making them mandatory goals as part of the company’s sustainability agenda.
The six key initiatives INX is implementing include: Energy and utility conservation; Waste reduction and
landfill elimination; Water conservation; Product design for the environment; Materials sourcing and supply
chain management; and Social responsibility.
"Long before ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ became popular terms, we were putting those words into action," said
Rick Clendenning, INX International Ink. Co. President and CEO. "In fact, to us, green means more than low
or no-VOC inks. It means additional initiatives and activities that also include important activities that reduce
waste, recycle water, and conserve energy."
With these initiatives, INX is reducing energy consumption by improving process energy efficiency. The plan
calls for the reduction of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per unit of production, and cutting additional
emissions through more efficient product transportation. The company has set a goal to eliminate all land-
filling of manufacturing waste and will use more environmentally friendly, end-of-life cycle options such as
energy recovery, where feasible. By reducing total fresh water consumption, INX is using the newest
technology to maintain treated wastewater and monitor irrigation systems.
Many of these six company initiatives were instrumental in helping INX International’s Sacramento office earn
Gold Certification status as a Sacramento Sustainable Business (SSB) in 2008. They were only the second
area business at the time to achieve Gold Certification status, which is the highest level in the California SSB
INX is making these key initiatives a priority in 2009 based on philosophies dating back to 1973 when parent
company Sakata INX established its first environmental department. With established Environment, Health, &
Safety and GREEN teams at all of its plants, all of INX International’s main manufacturing facilities are certified
to the ISO 9001 Standard. The Dunkirk, NY plant was the very first ink manufacturing plant to become ISO
14001 Compliance Certified. Recently, the Charlotte, NC facility now has become the second INX plant to
earn ISO 14001 Certification.
These ISO certifications further demonstrates INX’ commitment to the environment as ISO 14001 is an
Environmental Management System (EMS) that allows a company to identify the ways in which its activities,
products and/or services impact the environment, and to plan and implement programs that allow the company
to improve its environmental performance. ISO 14001 also requires verification of the company’s compliance
with applicable local, state and federal regulatory requirements.
INX will continue to develop eco-friendly products across all product lines and will focus on selecting raw
materials that offer bio- renewal content, such as linseed, soybean, and other vegetable oils. Environment
friendly product solutions also include conventional offset and energy curable inks that qualify for the American
Soy Seal with at least 20 percent and 7 percent soy oil, respectively; naturally green energy-curable UV inks
that are formulated without VOC-producing solvents; flexographic inks that are waterbased and have low
VOC and no HAPS or SARA 313-reportable materials; and low temp heatset inks that allow printers to reduce
energy usage while enhancing environmental performance to their print customers, and ultimately to consumers.
INX International Ink Co. is renewing its corporate social responsibility policies and managing best business
practices to be a socially responsible company and to produce an overall positive impact on the community.
Visit www.inxinternational.com/greenscene for more information, or contact INX and request “The Art of Being
"Our goal to becoming a greener company is strong while at the same time, we will continue to provide our
customers with outstanding ink and technology that exceeds world-class printing standards," Clendenning
said. "INX is dedicated to our customers, environment and society. The investment of time and effort by our
people is the key to making this program and these initiatives work."