In line with ITMA’s theme this year of “Transforming the World of Textiles”, Sun Chemical will focus on its commitment to digital textiles, sustainability, and the environment. The company will demonstrate its complete range of digital textile inks, suitable for printing any textile material.
Following the acquisition of leading digital inks supplier Sensient Imaging Technologies in 2020, Sun Chemical Corp., Parsippany, NJ/USA, has developed and launched new inks in the major technologies of reactive, sublimation, and pigment printing, with the objective of enhancing performance and improving sustainability credentials, while also improving productivity. Additionally, the company will also showcase its range of acid dye inks at the ITMA in Milan/Italy from June 8-14, 2023.
A highlight at the trade fair stand will be the launch of Xennia Amethyst Evo RC, a high-quality ink that is an evolution of the successful Xennia Amethyst series. The new product has been specially formulated to enhance production and enable customers to achieve their high-volume targets in the fashion and home textile industry, without compromising quality. The innovative formula is designed to improve color efficiency and strength while optimizing properties to enhance color balance for advanced color management and sample matching. The ink has received Eco-Passport (from Oeko-Tex) and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification and is listed as ZDHC Level 3.
Sun Chemical is also launching a new series of digital pigment inks for textile, Xennia Sapphire. Initially available for higher viscosity printheads such as Ricoh Gen 5 and Fujifilm Dimatix Starfire, Xennia Sapphire inks provide a step-change in pigment printing with enhanced color and fastness performance, very good print stability and ease of use. Xennia Sapphire has been developed to have a low impact with a no water process, efficient curing and soft hand fell to reduce the need for finishing chemicals. These new inks will also be available for Kyocera printhead technology to have a set compatible with the majority of digital textile printers on the market.
Furthermore, Sun Chemical will launch its latest sublimation ink to address higher viscosity printheads such as technology from Ricoh and Dimatix. Based on in-house disperse dye dispersions, ElvaJet SR342 delivers the purest color shades allowing an extended color gamut combined with the best on-printer performance with optimized drying and minimal maintenance requirements.