DuPont Digital Printing and EFI Reggiani have announced 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," said 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.