Kerry Pianoforte, Ink World Associate Editor06.05.09
Cranfield Colours manufactures a line of conventional oil-based and UV inks and varnishes, using a range of high speed dispersers and triple roll mills for commercial litho and letterpress applications. Cranfield Colours was formed in 1975 by George Crain, whose own father was influential in the British ink industry through the 1950s and ’60s, said Michael Crain, managing director of Cranfield Colours.
“He saw the need for an independent ink maker to continue the process of making ink from ‘dry color’ pigments rather than from the newer technology of pigment flushes in the 1970s,” Mr. Crain said. “The advantage of blending inks from pre-made dispersions was often compromised by weaker inks. Cranfield’s reputation was therefore built on providing consistently high-strength inks in a rapidly changing market.”
Cranfield Colours remains a small independent family firm based in South Wales in the UK. “Customers for conventional litho i
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