Kiian Specialty Inks - 8/11/2014
Kiian Digital and J-Teck3 Join Forces to Meet the Future Challenges
of Digital Printing
Kiian Digital and J-Teck3 are joining forces to create a new Group with extended capability and greater resources to meet the challenges resulting from
the growth of the digital printing sector.
Both companies have a track record of innovation, quality, reliability and sound financial performance.
The new Group reflects the strategic consolidation in the digital printing market, with the two companies retaining their independence.
J-Teck3, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, has a technologically driven business approach that permits rapid development of new products.
J-Teck3 has brought to market a wide variety of disperse, sublimation and pigment inks for printing. The diversity of the various products marks the
leading position of J-Teck3 in the global market.
Kiian Digital has a long history of providing chemicals and digital inks and is regarded as the trusted commercial and technical partner in over 90
Combining the two companies’ strengths leads to a significantly increased global coverage to all key segments with a joint portfolio of inks that is compatible
with a wide variety of digital print heads. Maintaining its focus on high quality industry standards and on driving market expansion internationally, the new
Group will give the customer base the benefits of a combined R&D and customer service.
Kiian Digital President Dennis Wilby states: “Thanks to the support provided by our shareholders Alcedo SGR and Wise SGR, we have been making
important investments in our production capability in recent months including a new facility in USA last year and a state of the art production and
development centre near Como which comes on stream later this year. Following our focus in the US market earlier this year in acquiring our distribution
partner, we are now embarking on a further new project a growing international business with a strong product capability. The coming together of our
two companies will strengthen our ability to service our customers worldwide and ensure that the many years of experience and know-how of both
companies will be of increased benefit to the print industry.”
The management of J-Teck3, Italo Mariani and Enrico Grasselli, former owners of J-Teck3, both added: “We are delighted to join forces with Kiian, since
our companies share common values and our product offerings are complementary. Putting together our resources - technical, production and marketing -
we are much better able to maximize the potential synergies and give the digital ink market a service and support of the highest level.”
Both management teams, including the former J-Teck3 owners, will continue to be fully involved in the ongoing development of the business.
Kiian Specialty Inks - 7/7/2014
Kiian Specialty Inks Launches PVC-free Plastisol Inks for Textile Printing
Kiian Specialty Inks has announced the launch of FREE, a range of PVC-free plastisol inks that meet all international textile standards and can be used
with most textiles, from cotton to synthetics. FREE will be marketed under the Manoukian-Argon flagship brand.
FREE is a plastisol with no PVC or phthalates and offers the ease of use, excellent performance and high productivity characteristics of traditional plastisol
inks. The ink has a smooth, soft touch with low tack and a matt finish that on textiles resembles water-based inks. The ink has received OEKO-TEX®
Standard 1001 and GOTS2 certification and has also been recognised for compliance with Nike’s restricted substances list (RSL) following independent
testing. These tests and certifications provide textile and garment manufacturers and retailers the assurances necessary for their own environmental
Fast-drying for high-speed, high volume production, FREE inks can be printed wet-on-wet with no restrictions, while FREE Flash White demonstrates
excellent drying speed under flash lamps combined with a very good opacity. At the same time, FREE does not dry on the screen at room temperature,
enabling easy working while eliminating the need for clean-ups after production stops. The inks are ready-to-use and require no mixing, additives,
special storage or handling procedures.
Good adhesion properties make FREE inks ideal for use on sports- and swimwear, and a broad range of special effects can add value to clothing and
textiles. These include 3D inks and the application of glitter and metallic powders to FREE transparent inks.
“FREE inks combine the productivity of conventional plastisols with the eco-friendliness of water-based inks, offering both printers and brand owners the
ultimate solution they have been looking for,” said Frank Jellinek, Sales and Marketing Director, Kiian Specialty Inks.
“This is a truly universal ink that can be used with natural and synthetic textiles, enabling printers to reduce stockholding while meeting their
environmental requirements, as well as those of their customers. We have undertaken extensive field testing in different regions and climates, and the
feedback received has been beyond our expectations,” he added.
Base and semi-opaque FREE ink colours are available now, with the complete range, comprising a full product line, scheduled to be released over the next
few months. The full range of FREE inks will include transparent inks; standard colours; OP Colours (high opacity); FLUO Colour (fluorescent colours);
process colours; anti-bleeding grey (for base layers on materials prone to bleeding); 3D transparent and transfer base.