In our previous news item we talked about contract manufacturing and the advantages that this can bring to a client; offering them the opportunity to share in our continuous improvement program while promoting their own brand of inks. However, contract manufacturing need not simply be limited to an existing product or process that one offers. It can just as easily lead you down the new product development route and help open your eyes to markets that you may have neglected or not considered previously; bringing together new products and new opportunities.
One such new opportunity offered itself to Ink Café when a client mentioned some issues it was having with its existing supply of black ink and asked if it would be possible for us to look at the issue and come up with a solution.
The problem was simple. Their existing UV blocking black ink was not performing effectively enough. Its strength was not meeting the standards required.
Their requirement was for a high opacity UV blocking black ink that would have a Dmax above 5.4, be water based and would produce highly durable printing of film positives and transparencies, that would last longer than their current inks.
To many this might have appeared a tall order; a risk. But to Ink Café this was just another opportunity to support a customer and help them through their issue.
UV blocking black was not something we had in our portfolio although we were well versed in the manufacture of standard digital inkjet inks in the form of our own StayBrite pigmented ink.
Did we succeed? ...... We did indeed.
We presented them with a deep, dark UV Blocking Black ink that met and surpassed their requirement. With a Dmax of 5.6, this specially designed formulation makes it the perfect ink for digitally printing film positive transparencies.
Another new product; another satisfied client.
So; whether your a screen printer looking for a stronger, deeper UV blocking Black for your film positive transparencies or a distributor looking for a product to add to your product range, Ink Café might be just the people to ask!