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The Evolution of White Inks

The Evolution of White Inks

A look at the past and an update on trends with white textile screen-printing inks.

Author: Lindsay Merwald/Wednesday, January 6, 2016/Categories: Industry News - Textile

Quoted from Nazdar SourceOne Account Executive, Rick Davis. Full article here

Throughout the decades, we have witnessed a tremendous transition in the white inks that we use every day. Basic inks have evolved, from plastisol and water-based, to the current non-PVC products on the market. Some market trends also have changed white textile screen-printing inks to bring us to where things currently stand. 

The original polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastisol was formulated for Russell Mills to address its need for an ink to be used with its athletic apparel line. Although durability was the first consideration of the ink's product performance, the textile printing industry drove the initial trends in ink advancements. As textile screen printers identified the variables in the printing parameters and product performance, ink manufacturers began creating products to meet both printer and consumer demands. Following is an explanation of those demands. 

Click here to read the full article in the January 2016 edition of Impressions Magazine




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