Hanover Park, IL 60133
FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc.
233 Cherry Lane
New Castle, DE 19720
Sales: $120 million in ink sales in North America (Ink World estimate).
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, Inc., in North America, is the group’s manufacturing center of excellence for aqueous inkjet inks. It also provides contract/toll manufacturing services for up to 22,000-liter batches.
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 strategic marketing and brand management – the Americas; Paul Lynaugh, director of sales - Latin America. FUJIFILM Ink Solutions group chief operating officer: Ian Wilkinson; FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants Inc., GM: Melissa Toledo.
Number of Employees: 600 (Ink World estimate).
Comments: FUJIFILM is an international leader in the field of digital printing presses, printheads and inks, and also has a significant presence in the screen and flexo ink markets. FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphics Systems Division and FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants are the company’s divisions responsible for printers and inks.
Becky McConnell, segment marketing manager, wide-format inkjet, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, said that 2019 was a great year for Fujifilm Uvijet UV inkjet ink development.
“From a wide-format perspective, we continue to drive development based on market needs, and with increasing print speeds and UV printer capabilities, those pressures inevitably flow to UV inks and UV ink development,” McConnell noted.
“For our OnsetX Series of printers with market-leading productivity, we launched the Uvijet OX ink series, targeted at more aggressive adhesion to plastic materials commonly used in North America,” McConnell added. “Based on customer demand and the drive to be able to print on more substrates, a high adhesion ink was needed for the OnsetX series. We also retained a number of certifications for UL GREENGUARD, as well as gained additional certifications on new inks as far as UV/UV-LED wide-format inkjet inks are concerned, driven by retail markets, as well as custom interior design elements - whether that be wallpaper or corporate branding.”
Jon Fultz, product marketing manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, said that from an analog perspective, ink operations remained level overall as significant growth in both OEM digital inks and the narrow web flexo market segments were able to offset the declines in the traditional commercial offset and screen ink business.
“While Fujifilm continues to gain market share in 2019 in the commercial offset and screen ink markets, the total analog market decline due to cannibalization from digital and non-printed technologies continued,” Fultz observed.
Michael Bush, marketing communications manager, FUJIFILM Ink Solutions Ltd., noted that Fujifilm is a leading manufacturer of aqueous inkjet inks in North America.
“The printing business remains challenging; however, FUJIFILM has a good position as a technology provider, supplying products through a variety of channels,” said Bush. “Environmental and sustainability concerns also favor aqueous inks. Our outlook for the coming year remains positive.”
McConnell said that digital inkjet for packaging is a large area of growth across the board, as that market continues
“In the world of wide-format solutions for folding carton and corrugated printing, we continue to develop inks focused on printing as economically as possible, as well as targeting ink migration to be able to deliver a realm of product solutions to the packaging market,” McConnell added.
“In the analog markets, growth will be very strong in LED or UV/LED hybrid inks for both screen and flexo inks,” Fultz said. “As the LED curing systems are becoming a better fit for flexo and screen applications and the total cost in use of the systems continues to decline, we are seeing a significant increase in the adoption rate of LED.”