Hanover Park, IL 60133
Fax: (630) 259-7078
FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc.
233 Cherry Ln.
New Castle, DE 19720
U.S. Sales: $90 million (Ink World estimate).
Major Products: FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphics Systems Division manufactures offset printing plates; offset, screen, flexo and inkjet inks; digital print and wide format print equipment; workflow, color management and proofing solutions; pressroom supplies; technical services and consulting services. FUJIFILM IMAGING Colorants (FFIC) develops and supplies novel, high performance dye-based and pigment dispersion colorants and inkjet inks for the digital market. FFIC also offers contract/toll manufacturing of aqueous inkjet inks.
Key Personnel: FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphics Systems Division: Todd Zimmerman, SVP and GM; Terry Mitchell, VP, marketing; Chris Lomas, VP, sales wide format. FFIC: Brian Meldrum, president; Paul Ewing, director, new business and technology; John Spych, North American sales manager.
Number of Employees: 600 (Ink World estimate).
Comments: With a wide-ranging portfolio including presses, workflow solutions and ink consumables, FUJIFILM offers a complete digital solution to its customers. For inks, FUJIFILM has two divisions: FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphics Systems Division and FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants (FFIC).
The Graphics Systems Division is constantly developing new presses and inks. At Labelexpo 2014, the company showcased its new Graphium UV digital inkjet press for labels, packaging, and specialty print, which incorporates inkjet, flexo printing and finishing. Graphium also uses Fujifilm UV flexo and water-based flexo inks.
At FESPA Digital 2014, Fujifilm introduced four new Uvijet UV inkjet inks. The new inks will give end users more options for filling their printers with work, ultimately delivering a faster payback. For Onset printed, Uvijet OH was designed for use with polyethylene and polypropylene materials, while Uvijet OL is a low odor corrugated ink. Uvijet KV is a thermoforming UV-cured inkjet ink for the Acuity Advance Select printers. Uvijet QN inks are formulated for the Uvistar Pro8 super-wide format press.
Debuting on the show floor at SGIA Expo 2014 was the Acuity F, an all-new dedicated UV flatbed designed specifically for the display and signage market. As the newest flatbed press to join the Acuity platform, show attendees experienced the Acuity F producing exceptional print quality at speeds over 1,668 ft2 per hour. The Acuity F, typically configured with six colors + white, maintains all the advantages of the Acuity line-up, including near-photographic image quality, versatility and ease of use; but also has been optimized for the efficient and high speed production of rigid media applications.
Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division, in collaboration with Inca Digital, showcased the all-new Inca Onset R40i, with the Hostert full automation system, on the show floor at SGIA Expo 2014 in Las Vegas. The Onset R40i is the latest addition to the Onset family of high performance, UV flatbed presses.
Utilizing FUJIFILM Dimatix printheads, the R40i delivers a 14-picoliter drop size over a genuine 4,300 ft2/hr. This translates to 80 full bed sheets (5’ x 10’) of high quality output. Based on the Onset Scaleable Architecture platform, the new Onset is available with a variety of configurations (CMYK, Lm, Lc and white), with customers being able to configure their press as a 4, 6, or 8 channel press at time of order or upgrade in the field as their needs change over time.
FUJIFILM has put an emphasis on building technology centers, which allow customers to get a close look at the company’s products. In 2013, FFIC opened its new Ink Technology Center (ITC) in Delaware, which is developing aqueous pigmented ink formulations for industrial applications. In the fall of 2014, the Graphic Systems Division re-opened its newly renovated and expanded Chicago Technology Center in Hanover Park, IL, and held a Wide Format Technology Summit at the Center in December 2014.
The expanded Technology Center showcases Fujifilm Brillia HD plates and platesetter solutions, the complete range of award winning J Press sheetfed and roll-fed inkjet solutions,
and Xerox toner-based production presses. Also featured are entry to mid-range roll to roll, flatbed and hybrid wide format presses, including the Inca Onset series of UV flatbed presses, the versatile Uvistar and the Acuity Advance Select, the Acuity LED, and the all-new Acuity F. The Graphium UV inkjet web press for labels, packaging and specialty print, plus the new Flenex flexo print for packaging are also on display. Fujifilm XMF workflow solutions including ColorPath color management software are available as well.
“A key success factor in our future growth is to showcase and demonstrate all of our innovative solutions at a centrally located Technology Center,” said Todd Zimmerman, SVP and GM, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. “The new world-class Technology Center has become an industry destination, and our Chicagoland location is convenient for customers to visit. This substantial renovation reinforces our dedication and commitment to inkjet leadership and innovations in print technology. We look forward to hosting many more events in Hanover Park, including our highly successful Technology Summits.”