Fujifilm’s influence was felt at several levels—particularly concerning inkjet—during the international graphic technology trade fair known as the “Olympics” for print and allied media—drupa2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, in June.
The reach of inkjet was apparent all over drupa, but scratch the surface and it will probably reveal the involvement of Fujifilm Inkjet Technology. The largest aqueous ink production facility in the world is Fujifilm’s facility in New Castle, Del., where aqueous, pigmented and dye inks are manufactured. Research and development is conducted in Scotland, and also in Japan. One notable result is the RAPIC (Rapid Coagulation, without dot bleed) ink primer used in the Heidelberg PrimeFire digital inkjet press, co-developed with Fujifilm. RAPIC coating enables inks where water to be used as the dispersant but, as the inks coagulate quickly on the primed substrate, normal coated offset stocks can be printed. Sharpness, colour vibrancy and detail are superior to other methods.Read More