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Water-based Digital Ink



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British Made Aqueous Ink

Water-based digital inkjet inks are an increasingly popular option due to their environmental friendliness and their application versatility.

Here at Needham Ink Tech we have decades of experience in researching and developing high-quality, British made water-based ink products which meet their compatible OEM quality at a lower cost.

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Advantages of Water-Based Inks

  • Cost Effective: Aqueous inks use a carrier comprising water and organic co-solvents, which are low-cost compounds. Thus, water-based aqueous digital ink can deliver attractive economic benefits.

  • 'Soft-hand': Water-based inks seep into the fabric, and after a couple of washes, there is virtually no difference in the texture between the unprinted and printed fabric. This is known as a “soft hand” because (you guessed it) it feels soft to the hand. This soft hand is especially beneficial for baby clothes and pillows.

  • Environmentally Friendly: Water-based ink formulations are kinder and limit safety risks for operators as well as end users, and for printing on food packaging. Products printed using these inks can also be widely recycled.

  • Versatile: Aqueous inks are versatile, meaning they can deliver high-quality prints for a range of applications. This includes porous substrates, such as papers, corrugated boards, and cardboard.


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Water-Based Ink Applications

Water-based inks are particularly useful for printing onto various substrates within a range of industries:



Water-based inks eliminate the risk of toxic compounds migrating through packaging to what is inside - this is particularly important for food packaging. 




Water-based digital inks are particularly useful for printing onto non-porous, high density substrates such as plastic flexible film packaging.



Flexographic Printing

Water-based inks are particularly useful for flexographic printing applications due to their low viscosity.

Wallpaper Printing

Traditionally, designers would need to hold stock of wallpaper prints in order to replicate them, sometimes for years. Water-based digital ink allows for small run productions of digitally-stored designs.



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