Fujifilm adds to ink capacity

Fujifilm has invested a further $28 million into its Fujifilm Imaging colorants, or FFIC, plant in Newcastle, Delaware, USA to double the production capacity of its RxD pigment dispersions in the US for its inkjet inks. 

Fujifilm Inkjet Colourants is building a further 11000 sq ft manufacturing capacity at its Delaware plant in the US.

Right now the RxD pigment dispersions are manufactured at a Fujifilm Ink Solutions Group plant in Grangemouth in Scotland, UK. However, last year Fujifilm began constructing a new building at the Delaware plant in order to be able to manufacture the RxD pigment dispersions in the US, partly to expand capacity but also to give it more flexibility in its supply chain. This plant, which has cost around $19 million, is almost complete and should be commissioned in the next few months. 

Meanwhile, Fujifilm has now announced that it plans to build a second facility at the Delaware site, also to produce aqueous inkjet dispersions. This will double Fujifilm’s production capacity of pigment dispersions in the US to cater to the fast-growing demand for inkjet printing globally. The new building, which was begun earlier this month, will add a further 11,000 square feet to the Delaware site, and should be up and running by the summer of 2023. This brings Fujifilm’s total investment since 2021 into the Delaware facility to more than $47 million in new production capacity.

In addition, Fujifilm is also planning to expand its workforce with a further 30 jobs in quality control, engineering, production, and administrative roles planned for the end of 2023. 

Fujifilm uses its high purity Reactive Dispersant or RxD pigment dispersion products in the development of aqueous inks for various applications including packaging, textile and commercial printing. RxD relies on a proprietary cross-linking technology to encapsulate each pigment particle to create a stable dispersion. Fujifilm uses this to formulate aqueous inks for digital printer OEMs but also sells the  RxD pigment dispersions to other ink formulators. Ian Wilkinson, chief operating officer for Fujifilm Ink Solutions Group, noted: “We believe that developments in aqueous ink technology will contribute to the transformation of new markets for inkjet.”

He added: ”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.”

Interestingly, FFIC has now been subsumed into Fujifilm’s Ink Solutions Group. You can find further details on this group from fujifilm.com.

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