ANI Printing Inks and Acheson Colloids Company have announced a three-year partnership in which ANI will serve as the exclusive distributor of Acheson’s polymer thick film conductive inks for RFID (radio frequency identification devices) applications. These inks will be utilized on pressure sensitive and self-adhesive labels, film applications, folding cartons, plastic cards and tubes through flexo, letterpress, rotary screen, and offset printing processes.
The agreement will only cover North and Central America, and combines Acheson’s proven conductive ink performance with ANI Printing Inks’ expertise and targeted focus in the printing ink industries.
“We believe we have a very strong synergy,” said Tom Hammer, ANI Printing Inks’ director of product portfolio. “Acheson Colloids is a leader in conductive inks for the medical field, and has developed excellent technology for RFID. We have an extensive network to the marketplace and can provide excellent support.”
Acheson Colloids Company is a major global supplier of conductive inks and materials for RFID, membrane switches, flexible and rigid circuitry, electroluminescent lamps and polymer thick film technology. Acheson products provide value in countless applications throughout the electronics, automotive, aerospace, appliance and other technology critical industries.
ANI Printing Inks develops, produces and markets printing inks, coatings and additives for the narrow web tag and label and packaging industries. For Acheson Colloids, this partnership will provide visibility for its state-of-the-art products in a marketplace that is not currently familiar with conductive ink technology.
For ANI Printing Inks, this partnership will provide the opportunity to offer a line of conductive inks to complement its printing inks and provides the opportunity to fully serve a marketplace that is moving toward printed RFID tags at a rapid pace, particularly in higher-value packaging.
“RFID will be used in packaging for higher-value items such as pharmaceuticals where there is a need for security and inventory control,” Mr. Hammer said. “We believe this will be a great relationship.”