DuPont Artistri inks increases manufacturing capacity in US

Fort Madison plant doubles production capacity for pigment Inks & dispersions

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Customers expect inks with great colors, consistency and improved productivity

DuPont Artistri, a global provider of digital inkjet inks with more than 30 years of innovation, has completed a capacity increase for the manufacturing of water-based pigment inkjet inks and dispersions at its plant in Fort Madison, Iowa, US.

Talking about this milestone Tucker Norton, general manager for Artistri Digital Inks at DuPont, said, “In the fast-growing world of digital printing, our customers not only expect us to deliver inks with great colors and consistency, but they’re also looking for improved productivity as well as delivery flexibility and reliability. With this capacity increase, we will be better able to respond to customers around the world and the growing demand for pigment inkjet inks.” 

John Hellige, Plant manager at DuPont’s Fort Madison site in Iowa, recognized the project team’s efforts. “The team delivered inks capacity expansion on time by utilizing innovative technology developed by Artistri inks business’ R&D and manufacturing teams,” said Hellige. “The project was accomplished incident-free, contributing to our plant’s long-standing safety record.”   

“We‘re very pleased to further contribute to the printer and OEM customers’ and brands’ transition to the sustainable printing processes enabled by water-based pigment inkjet inks,”  said Eric Beyeler, Global Marketing manager, Artistri Digital Inks. “Artistri ink’s production capacity increase is another step in DuPont’s commitment to the sustainable growth of digital printing in commercial, textiles, and packaging.” 

DuPont Artistri is a leading manufacturer and innovator of digital inkjet printing inks for commercial, packaging, textile, office, and home printing applications. DuPont is a global provider of technology-based materials and solutions.

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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