Water-based inkjet inks seems to be making gains in packaging segments.
David Savastano, Editor05.21.20
One of the most interesting aspects in the world of inkjet inks is the debate over whether water-, solvent- or UV-based inkjet inks is preferable. Speaking with inkjet ink industry leaders, it would appear that solvent-based inks have taken a step back, with major players splitting between being predominantly water-based or UV-based.
The water-based ink side has major players such as HP, DuPont, Memjet and Sensient among them. Roland DGA headlines the UV-based ink market. Meanwhile, Sun Chemical, Siegwerk, EFI, Wikoff work in both markets.
Matthieu Carni, director Business Unit Inkjet at Siegwerk, said that Siegwerk believes that UV curable as well as water-based inks will be the most successful technologies to address the demands in digital printing for packaging and label applications.
“While UV inkjet is a perfect fit for rather thick substrates for label and direct-to-object printin
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