DuPont launches new pigment inks at Printing United, Dallas

Inks for DTG and RTR textile printing

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Dupont introduced Artistri P2700 textile inks at ITMA 2019
Dupont introduced Artistri P2700 textile inks at ITMA 2019

DuPont Advanced Printing displayed its newest range of inks for the growing digital textile market segment at Printing United, which took place from 23 to 25 October 2019 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

At the show, the company showcased its new Artistri P2700 pigment ink designed for roll-to-roll printing. Artistri P2700 is a medium viscosity ink that delivers good color saturation, soft hand feel and wet and dry crock fastness.

For direct-to-garment (DTG) printers, DuPont highlighted innovative pretreatment technology, which enables stain-free printing and superior hand feel on cotton/polyester blends. With new choices of gamut expanding colors as well as its new Color Series E, F and G pigment ink offerings for DTG printing, the company offers a range of DTG inks.

Artistri digital inks combine DuPont proprietary dispersions, polymers and ink formulations resulting in brighter, more robust digital inks for digital printing. Artistri inks provide color consistency across production runs and over time. From DTG to roll-to-roll (RTR) application, DuPont inks are bright, richly colored and offer high durability.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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