Hanover Park, IL 60133
Fax: (630) 259-7078
FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc.
233 Cherry Lane
New Castle, DE 19720
US Sales: $100 million (Ink World estimate).
Major Products: Major Products: FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphics Systems Division manufactures and distributes 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 inkjet colorants – including dyes and pigment dispersions - and inkjet inks for the digital print market. FFIC also offers contract/toll manufacturing of aqueous inkjet inks.
Key Personnel: FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphics Systems Division: Todd Zimmerman, division president Graphic Systems Division and corporate VP Global Graphic Systems; Brent Moncrief, VP marketing and brand management – the Americas; Chris Lomas, VP new business development; John Solwold, SVP sales. Fujifilm Imaging Colorants: Hisanori Makaya, president; Kevin Myers, commercial GM, new business; John Spych, North American sales manager.
Number of Employees: 600 (Ink World estimate).
Comments: FUJIFILM has built a major presence in the digital printing field, with FUJIFILM and Inca digital presses and inks. The company also has a sizable presence in the screen and flexo ink fields.
FUJIFILM has two divisions that design and produce inks: FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphics Systems Division and FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants (FFIC).
“Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division experienced growth in its digital ink business in 2016, and fared well with market share growth in traditional analog/screen/flexo businesses, and grew new business in emerging technologies and markets,” Brent Moncrief, VP marketing and brand management – the Americas for FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, said. “Ink volumes increased significantly over the past 12 months in production inkjet, wide format inkjet, package printing and industrial printing.”
Dr. Hamid M. Shirazi, global technical promotions manager, FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc., noted that FFIC is focused on the aqueous digital market, where it is enjoying success.
“Especially noteworthy was the launch of FUJIFILM Inkjet Technology (FIT) at drupa 2016,” added Dr. Shirazi. “It was very well received by our customers and partners, as it provided for a uniquely convenient ‘one stop shop’ offering individual components ranging from high performance colorants, inks, printheads and image optimization software, to print engines and final print systems. This is unique to Fujifilm, as no other company has such a wide range and comprehensive offering.”
As for highlights from the Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division, Moncrief pointed to new products such as the Inca Onset X Series of high productivity wide format flatbed presses, including the X3 with robotic handling and Uvijet OL inks for corrugated applications; the expansion of the Acuity line up of flatbed printers, and continued development of the Uvijet KN ink, offering a broad color gamut and increased adhesion performance to difficult substrates; and Fujifilm’s Series 300 flexo inks, offering the ability to cure either under traditional UV or LED lights with the same ink.
“Ink developments include Series 300 flexo inks that cure using UV or UV LED lights with the same ink, and new high efficiency LED lamps for retrofitting, to flexo presses to low odor digital inks,” Moncrief added.
In terms of invention, Dr. Shirazi noted that FFIC has access to three centers of excellence of R&D, and was at the forefront of innovation.
“Through our parent company, Fujifilm Graphics, we worked closely with the Advanced Marking Research Laboratories (AMRL) in Japan, who developed some of the latest cutting edge technologies in digital printing: water-based metallic inks for decorative printing, water-based print solutions for flexible packaging, and digital primers, just to mention a few,” Dr. Shirazi noted.
At FFIC’s Inkjet Colorant Technology Center in Grangemouth, Scotland, UK, FUJIFILM’s scientists and engineers developed and launched a series of RxDTM (Reactive Dispersant) pigment dispersion colorants for textile, packaging and laminates and flooring applications. At FFIC’s Inkjet Ink Technology Center in New Castle, DE, ink formulators and engineers developed a range of ink formulations and fluids and successfully launched them into a number of key markets.
Moncrief said that the printing industry is consolidating, and digital printing is making gains as companies look for opportunities.
“The adoption of new print technologies such as inkjet is the bright spot fueling the outlook for print,” Moncrief concluded. “As print buyer demands for short run, versioning and variable data increase, so will the value of print and for those who invest in the technologies to produce them. Digital print production clearly isn’t a new development, although there are several sectors where the adoption of toner-based and inkjet output is in its early stages – sheetfed commercial and packaging most notably. The ability to customize, regionalize and even personalize almost any conceivable surface is the future of our industry – it’s our opportunity to keep print relevant and valuable in an increasingly digital world.”