Our TeeBrite brand has played a big part in our company’s development as an ink manufacturer. When we started out we had no idea what the future held for this new technology; first printing directly onto a white t shirt and then taking the next stage of laying down a white print and then repeating the process with a “top coat” of colour. The combination of pre treatment application, image alignment and wet on wet ink layering seemed so niche back in 2004/05 but who would have guessed that 12 years on, the process would have remained virtually unchanged. We still pre treat our cotton, we still apply white base layers and we still apply a colour layer in much the same way. Yes, pre treatment machines have made the application a simpler and cleaner process and curing and drying times have reduced considerably but other than that, the DTG process hasn’t evolved or been taken over by something more straightforward.
The changes that have come about have been mainly around the ink itself. Colours have become stronger as dispersion manufacturers have captured the essence of the need for better quality dispersions that meet the exacting requirements of the ever evolving piezo printhead technology that DTG machine manufacturers utilise. Inks have become more stable, less and less prone to clogging or developing gassing and micro bubble and settlement issues have become a minor irritant rather than a major issue. As a result, shelf life has been extended and users have become more and more confident in DTG as a serious player in garment decoration.
But the biggest change has come about in the development of White ink. Every manufacturer in the market today has been through a number of iterations of their white ink over the last 12 years and Ink Cafe is no different in that respect as we have worked to produce an ever improving product and our latest step on that road of continuous improvement means that our first TeeBrite White is a metaphorical million miles back from our latest offering; TeeBrite WX. We have worked steadily and steadfastly to try and enhance print runability and opacity without compromising any aspect of what customers require when it comes to printing white as either an underbase or top layer
Another change in our manufacturing progress has been our willingness to work with clients as a Contract manufacturer; offering them the opportunity to share in our continuous improvement program while promoting their own brand of inks. This approach see’s us offer this unique “white label” service to anyone willing to pay; allowing them to concentrate and devote their time into creating their own brand.
With Contract manufacturing we are creating and developing a unique supply chain for branded, private label or our custom-made inks. Ink café as the manufacturer remains responsible for making the product to specification and meeting the delivery time requirements. This offers the customer a fast and effective method of developing and extending their product line with minimal investment and a made-to-order supply program.
These successful partnerships now form an important component in the success of Ink Café as a UK based ink manufacturer and see us perfectly positioned for the growing European market as well as Worldwide.
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