BASF and Stork Digital Imaging Launch Co-Branded Pigment Ink Solution at ITM Istanbul 2006
06/26/06, Ludwigshafen, Germany and Boxmeer, Netherlands: Two major players in the textile printing industry – BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, and Stork Digital Imaging, leading supplier of printing solutions for the textile and graphic industries – combine their expertise to develop a complete, easy-to-use, high-performance pigment ink solution for the digital textile printer. The new pigment ink solution makes its world début at ITM 2006 in Istanbul taking place end of June.
BASF’s extensive knowledge in the field of digital textile printing played a pivotal role in helping Stork Digital Imaging launch the new pigment ink. Stork’s research in areas of workflows and ink bulk feed systems and BASF’s inkjet ink formulation know-how enabled the development of a pigment ink with a larger colour gamut and higher speed performance. Furthermore, Stork perfected the external ink system that guarantees a smooth, uninterrupted and stable ink supply, so nozzle performance is optimized throughout the longest of production runs.
The pigment ink solution has Stork U See® accreditation. The U See approval will thus guarantee exact reproductions at any place or time worldwide, enabling customers to organize production with greater flexibility – for instance by choosing to produce prints close to the confection centres in the Asia – Pacific Region, when necessary, while sampling locally.
The new pigment ink is calibrated for the Stork PrinterServer software, ensuring reproducibility between individual print runs, along with an extensive back-up from BASF and Stork’s global support networks.
Comments Dr. Gernot Diehlmann, head of BASF´s Ink Jet business: “With Stork’s excellent reputation and extensive system integration expertise, we have found an ideal partner for the further evolution of digital textile printing"
This collaboration signifies the first step towards a long-term partnership between the two corporations, with the aim of further enhancing the joint textile pigment ink programme.
Fred Boes, managing director of Stork Digital Imaging, comments: “Our machine knowledge coupled with BASF’s know-how in pigment ink forms an ideal strategic fit. We are delighted to be pooling our resources in this way, and look forward to building a long standing relationship that will help us both deliver enhanced solutions to the textile printing industry.”
BASF Performance Chemicals – always one idea ahead!
The product range of BASF’s Performance Chemicals for Textiles business unit includes products and concepts for weaving, pretreatment, optical brightening, analog and digital printing, coating and finishing, as well as dyeing auxiliaries. Our products are manufactured and marketed worldwide. We are one of the leading suppliers in these fields. Further information on our products may be found at: www.basf.com/textile.
About Stork Digital Imaging B.V.
Stork Digital Imaging is part of the Stork Prints Group and is the leading provider of system and application know-how in digital printing processes for the textile and graphic arts industries. The head office is based in the Netherlands, with sales offices worldwide. The Prints Group has a total workforce of 1,415 and, in 2005, had a total turnover of EUR 200 million. For more information please visit the website: www.storkprints.com.
Stork U See®: the digital textile standard. Stork U See is a standard whose components together ensure that exact reproductions can be made of each file at different print houses, in different locations, all over the world. This enables designers and brand owners to approve samples locally, in their design studios across different continents, and simultaneously start digital production at competitive prices elsewhere. Already over 20 major brand owners benefit from the advantages Stork U See offers them.
At this moment, four locations, in Bangkok, New York, and the Netherlands, provide Stork U See certified samples that can be reproduced at Digital Print Asia Co. Ltd. (DPA) in Thailand. DPA is the world’s first digital textile printing mill certified to produce samples according to the digital textile standard. Commission printer Print Unlimited (Horst, NL) is the latest to gain accreditation. Further expansion of this network is planned with sampling services in the design centres across the globe.
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