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Aqueous Inks

The Needham Aqueous Inks are specifically formulated to be compatible with Epson OEM inks. With excellent colour vibrancy, adhesion and scratch-resistance, the environmentally friendly aqueous inks perform superbly at a fraction of OEM ink costs.

Benefits of aqueous inks

In contrast to solvent and eco-solvent inks, the water-based formulation of aqueous inks provides a solution that is environmentally friendly. Additionally, aqueous inks do not use harmful solvents that requires your printing space to be fitted with a special ventilation system.

With outstanding colour accuracy, our aqueous inks are odour-free, scratch and alcohol resistant.

Using aqueous inks

As a safe and environmentally-friendly alternative to solvents, aqueous inks have gained popularity over the past few years within the wide-format printing space.  The inks are formulated to print using a wide colour gamut for outstanding colour vibrancy. However, it is worth noting that porous substrates, such as paper or cardboard, are best suited for the water-based formulation of the ink. The ink needs to be able to absorb into the print surface to create a long-lasting, durable result. While other materials, such as plastic, can be printed on with aqueous ink, it does require an initial coating layer to be added to the printing surface.

Aqueous ink is mostly used for indoor applications. The lack of harmful solvents means that the printed product is not dangerous to individuals. It is therefore used widely in customer-focused businesses such as restaurants or retail stores.

An additional reason for using aqueous inks indoors is that the inks retain their colour best when not heavily exposed to UV light.

Needham Quality

Each of our aqueous inks is rigorously tested to ensure the highest quality product. Our team of chemists, based in our research labs at Whitchurch (UK), ensures that each ink that comes out of our factory can deliver excellent colour accuracy and reliability.

With over 54 years of ink development and manufacturing experience, Needham Inks provides a broad range of inks to a distributor network in over 73 countries.  Over the decades we have maintained a successful track record of continuous growth and innovation. As a family led business, our key focus is to create valuable, long-lasting relationships with our clients, and provide you with the means to grow your business.