Kiian develops PVC-free range of plastisol textile inks

Kiian Specialty Inks has launched a range of plastisol inks that can be used with most textiles, from cotton to synthetics. Called Free, these inks will be marketed under the Manoukian-Argon flagship brand.
There’s no PVC or phthalates though Kiian claims similar performance to traditional plastisol inks. The ink has a smooth, soft touch with low tack and a matt finish that on textiles resembles water-based inks. It’s certified to Oeko-Tex Standard 1001 and GOTS2 and has been recognised for compliance with Nike’s restricted substances list following independent testing. These tests and certifications provide textile and garment manufacturers and retailers the assurances necessary for their own environmental compliance.
The ink is said to be fast-drying for high volume production. It can be printed wet-on-wet with no restrictions, and there’s a Flash White version that has good opacity and dries quickly under flash lamps. The inks are ready-to-use and require no mixing, additives, special storage or handling procedures.
These inks are suitable for use on sports- and swimwear. Effects such as glitter and metallic powders can be added to transparent version of these inks.
Frank Jellinek, Sales and Marketing Director, explained: “This is a truly universal ink that can be used with natural and synthetic textiles, enabling printers to reduce stockholding while meeting their environmental requirements, as well as those of their customers.”
Base and semi-opaque colours are available now, with the complete range, due to be released over the next few months. This will include transparent inks, standard colours, OP Colours (high opacity), Fluo Colour (fluorescent colours), process colours, anti-bleeding grey (for base layers on materials prone to bleeding), 3D transparent and transfer base.

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