DuPont Collaborates with EFI Reggiani to Deliver New Digital Textile Pigment Ink
WILMINGTON, Del.—November 11, 2015—DuPont Digital Printing (DuPont) and EFI Reggiani (Reggiani) are pleased to announce the introduction of DuPont Artistri PK2600 digital textile pigment ink for EFI Reggiani ReNOIR digital textile printers. Artistri PK2600 ink was developed by DuPont for EFI Reggiani and is designed primarily for cotton textile roll-to-roll printing that shows performance comparable to reactive ink results.
"When two market leaders come together to collaborate on a high-growth area of technology as important as pigment inks for roll-to-roll printing, it's a powerful combination," said Ted Zhi, textile market segment leader, DuPont Digital Printing. "We expect the new DuPont Artistri PK2600 inks and the innovative printing process developed by EFI Reggiani will considerably enhance the role of pigment inks for high-speed digital printing applications in the future."
In addition to cotton textile roll-to-roll printing, Artistri PK2600 ink also has been shown to work well on a number of fabrics that cannot be printed with reactive inks including polyesters, viscose, cotton/polyester blends and non-woven materials.
Pigment inks offer a streamlined workflow, faster turnaround and greatly improved environmental attributes that mills and print specifiers are demanding. Artistri PK2600 ink provides these benefits while still offering true color and the soft feel comparable to reactive printing, excellent fastness and best-in-class digital printing performance. Because Artistri PK2600 ink requires no steaming or washing production steps, job turnaround is significantly faster while water and chemical usage and costs are minimized.
"We are proud of the year-long effort with DuPont on this development, and we are very pleased with the results that will help customers be more productive, efficient and environmentally friendly," commented Ambrogio Caccia Dominioni, managing director, EFI Reggiani. "We are looking forward to demonstrating the benefits of the ink to textile customers at the upcoming ITMA exhibition in Italy."
Manufactured in a DuPont ISO 9001 certified facility in Ft. Madison, Iowa, DuPont produces and tests every batch of Artistri ink to an extremely tight tolerance, which helps ensure its exceptional color saturation is repeatable, day to day, month to month and year to year.
EFI Reggiani is a leading technology provider of a full range of industrial solutions for textile manufacturing, including high-quality printers for fashion and home furnishing textiles, with a comprehensive portfolio spanning the company's original rotary screen technologies to the most advanced inkjet textile printers and inks in the industry. EFI Reggiani is part of EFI.
EFI (Nasdaq:EFII) is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging. EFI is passionate about fueling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and boost productivity. To do that, EFI develops breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, and digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process.
About DuPont Digital Printing
DuPont Digital Printing business is a leader in the home and office inkjet markets and in textile printing. DuPont Artistri and new Artistri Brite digital textile inks combine DuPont proprietary pigment dispersion, polymer and ink formulation technology. Because they are formulated with the same dyes and pigments used in conventional textile printing, Artistri inks offer superior results for digital textile printing—brilliant colors, excellent fastness properties and robust print reliability.
DuPont (NYSE:DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs and thought leaders it can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.