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Sensient Imaging Technologies, a leading supplier of inkjet inks for digital textile, is demonstrating its commitment to a safer and more sustainable future for the textiles industry with its range of innovative digital inkjet technology at ITMA 2019, held in Barcelona earlier this week.

At the ongoing fair in Barcelona, Sensient highlighted its new water-based sublimation ink ElvaJet Coral, which has been developed to reduce water usage, without compromising on quality or colour. The latest addition to Sensient’s portfolio of sublimation inks, ElvaJet Coral, is a high-performance ink for direct printing onto polyester fabrics commonly used in sport and apparel applications.

ElvaJet Coral offers an environmentally low impact solution for textiles by printing directly onto the substrate, removing the waste from transfer paper and residual ink. Tests have shown that the ink can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90 per cent, and overall energy use by up to 60 per cent. When it comes to reducing water usage, ElvaJet Coral requires just 1 litre of water compared to the 50 litres required for direct disperse printing.

Sensient’s unique dispersion technology was harnessed during the development of the ink to deliver improvements in colour, sharpness, stability and performance. ElvaJet Coral has been formulated to include colour-free materials to remove the risk of staining when wet. The ink also demonstrates excellent stability over long production runs, minimal maintenance and an increased open time of more than an hour, helping to streamline the production process and eliminate downtime.

Other water-based inks including Xennia Amethyst, Xennia Agate and ElvaJet Opal are also being featured at the show, demonstrating the full range of solutions available from Sensient that deliver improved sustainability, quality and performance for the textiles industry.

“With a firm focus on the future, Sensient will be speaking to visitors at ITMA about how it is driving market-leading digital inkjet solutions that are backed by proven R&D, market expertise and technical support,” the Switzerland-based company said.

“With our expert understanding of the chemistry of colour, the textiles industry can trust Sensient to deliver digital inkjet solutions that are environmentally responsible, high-performance, safe, protect the integrity of their brand and ultimately add value to their business. Having listened to the needs of our customers, our latest inks have been developed to address the need to reduce the use of chemicals, energy and water in the textiles printing process,” said Jerome Jeanneret, managing director at Sensient Imaging Technologies.

“Our proprietary technology continues to set the quality and safety standards in the chemistry of digital inkjet innovation. We have returned to ITMA to share the latest developments in our solutions for the textiles market and discuss with partners from across the textiles supply chain how we can partner together to deliver colour they can trust,” Jeanneret added. (RKS)

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