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Fujifilm invests $28m in aqueous inkjet production

Fujifilm is investing $28 million to add a new facility to its Imaging Colorants facility in Delaware, USA, which will double Fujifilm’s production of aqueous inkjet dispersions in the U.S. to cater to the fast-growing global demand for inkjet printing. 


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“FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc., an experienced inkjet ink technology partner to equipment manufacturers, integrators and ink formulators, announced that its parent company Fujifilm will invest $28 million to add a new facility in New Castle, Delaware for the production of aqueous inkjet dispersions,” said a Fujifilm press release. 

Fujifilm’s aqueous pigment dispersions enable the creation of high performance inkjet inks for a wide range of applications.

Construction of the new facility, which adds 11,000 sq. ft. of plant to the Delaware site, began in March 2022 and is expected to be operational by summer 2023. 

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Last year, Fujifilm announced the construction of its first dispersion manufacturing facility in the U.S., which is on schedule to be commissioned by [northern] spring 2022. This will expand the company’s existing Europe-based production to the U.S.

The latest announcement brings Fujifilm’s total investment to over $47 million in new production capacity of pigment dispersions at the Delaware site. To support the increase in manufacturing output across the site, FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc. is adding 30 positions in quality, engineering, production, and administrative roles by the end of 2023 to support operations across both facilities.

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 “Fujifilm’s high purity RxD pigment dispersion products are important to the development of aqueous inkjet inks for a variety of fast-growing inkjet markets, including packaging, textile and commercial printing,” Fujifilm said. “They use a proprietary cross-linking technology to lock each pigment particle in a secure polymer cage, resulting in a highly stable dispersion that enables the design of ink formulations that can meet demanding performance requirements.”

Fujifilm supplies aqueous inks to digital printer OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and RxD pigment dispersions to ink formulators.

“We believe that developments in aqueous ink technology will contribute to the transformation of new markets for inkjet.” said Ian Wilkinson, president and chief operating officer, FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants. “With this investment, we are further strengthening our position as a major manufacturer of both aqueous ink and core pigment dispersion technologies. Our mission is to ensure that we can support our growing North America and global customer base, to contribute to their success in inkjet.”

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