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Current Status And Development of Solvent-Based Inks

Dec 15 , 2020

The Solvent Ink Suppliers will introduce to us the market positioning of solvent inks, the composition characteristics of solvent inks, and the current status and development trends of emerging products.

Solvent ink refers to an ink system formed by using an organic solvent or a solvent-based polymer film-forming agent as a carrier and dispersing pigments or dyes on the carrier. Solvent-based inks have a huge market in large format and large format applications due to the high durability of printed image quality and low raw material costs. Although solvent volatilization will cause environmental pollution and limit the development of solvent-based inks in the European and American markets, solvent-based inks are still booming in the Chinese ink market. In order to deal with environmental pollution, new inks and eco-solvent inks have begun to develop rapidly. This kind of ink with low environmental pollution will become the future development direction of solvent ink.

Solvent-based inks are based on printing speed, and are mainly used for medium-speed printing, classic large-format printing and industrial large-format printing. Water-based inks are mainly used in homes and offices that do not require high printing speed; the high-speed inkjet printing market has been firmly occupied.

Solvent-Based Inks

Solvent-Based Inks

Generally speaking, Solvent-Based Inks are more popular in the field of outdoor advertising printing. Compared with water-based inks, solvent-based inks have bright colors, good color reproducibility, small lateral spread on printed materials, and fast drying speed. Therefore, the printed material does not require special treatment. , Print directly on uncoated materials. If the solvent-based ink uses high-quality pigments, the printed products will have good UV resistance without the need for films. At the same time, the volatility of this ink can also make the dry ink film thinner. Solvent-based inks can adapt to a variety of printing materials, the printed images have better durability, and its price is lower than water-based inks.

The disadvantage of solvent-based inks is that during the drying process, the solvent volatilizes and discharges harmful substances into the air, thereby affecting the indoor and outdoor air quality. Therefore, you need to pay attention to some issues, such as the daily maintenance of the nozzle and the evaporation of the solvent. It must be used in a well-ventilated environment. These shortcomings limit the growth trend of the ink market in the United States and Europe. Only by strengthening the use of non-toxic substances or environmentally friendly solvents can the application of solvent-based inks achieve greater growth. In fact, due to technological development and strict R&D testing, high-quality UV inks have become competitors of solvent-based inks. In terms of three important evaluation factors of ink, drying speed, substrate adaptability and application range, UV ink is better than solvent ink. At the same time, UV ink does not contain volatile organic compounds and has good environmental benefits. Therefore, UV ink may become the main ink for industrial inkjet printing in the future.

Although solvent-based inks are challenged by UV Inks in some areas, their inherent advantages will increase their share of the domestic market for a long time. At present, relevant ink manufacturers are also improving ink formulations, launching environmentally friendly solvent-based inks and environmentally friendly solvent-based inkjet printers that do not contain harmful substances. The new generation of solvent-based inks will be more complete, and the harm to the environment will be less and less.