Hanover Park, IL 60133
Phone: (800) 621-1049; (630) 259-7200
FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc.
233 Cherry Lane
New Castle, DE 19720
Sales: $400 million (Ink World estimate)
Major Products: UV screen, UV flexo, UV digital (piezo inkjet), solvent-based digital and solvent-based screen inks; screen pre-press; Acuity LED 1600, and the Fujifilm Acuity Series of Flatbeds including the all-new Acuity F; Inca Onset UV flatbed inkjet presses; J Press 720S digital inkjet press, J Press 540W high performance digital web press; the Uvistar Pro-8; and the Graphium, a digital UV inkjet press for labels, packaging and specialty print. FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc. (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: Todd Zimmerman, division president, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, and corporate VP, FUJIFILM Global Graphic Systems; Brent Moncrief, VP marketing and brand management, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division; Paul Lynaugh, VP North America sales.
Number of Employees: 1,250 (Ink World estimate).
Comments: FUJIFILM manufactures a wide range of printing products, including state-of-the-art inkjet presses, including Acuity, J Press and Graphium presses, Samba printheads, workflow solutions and inks for inkjet, screen and UV flexo.
Fujifilm has two divisions that manufacture inks: FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphics Systems Division and FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants (FFIC). Larry Hettinger, product manager, graphic & industrial screen inks, wide format digital inks, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, said that 2017 was another very strong year for Fujifilm’s ink business, with continued strong demand for both aqueous and UV digital inks.
“Our analog flexo and screen printing products showed particularly strong growth with our entry into LED curables,” Hettinger added. “2018 is off to a strong start as well.”
Hettinger said that the introduction of Fujifilm’s 300 series LED UV hybrid inks was an important addition to its portfolio.
“In addition to offering the flexibility of curing with either conventional UV-arc or LED, we designed this product in alignment with our new Illumina ColdCure LED retrofit system, delivering a powerful combination of increased on-press performance and significantly lower operating costs,” Hettinger added. “With the latest innovations in LED systems and inks, the retrofit market for screen and flexo inks is proving to be a very high growth market on a global basis. There is a lot of interest in functional printing for digital + screen ink constructions. The corrugated packaging and folding carton markets continue to grow with the changing climate of consumer purchasing methods.
“From a sustainability standpoint, the long-awaited transition to LED is a very strong positive,” he said. “Reducing energy costs to run a press up to 93%, and eliminating VOCs and mercury from the environment, LED is an extremely sustainable solution.”
Hettinger noted that raw material pricing and availability remain a significant concern for the ink industry.
“Like our peers, we constantly monitor raw material market trends and customer demand to balance optimized inventory levels and adequate supply chain quantities,” he observed. “The recent issues with titanium dioxide supplies combined with a reduction in Chinese sources for key UV ink components is unprecedented, but we are working diligently to meet our customers’ demands.
The outlook for demand remains strong, but our enthusiasm on the supply side is tempered by the raw material availability and pricing facing all of us in this market.”