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Ricoh Launches Its First Plant-Based Inkjet environmental Ink

Ricoh Environmental Ink:

Ricoh Environmental Ink

(Biodegradable, quick drying, odor-free ink delivers energy and cost savings.)

Ricoh’s plant-based ink will help brand owners and printer manufacturers further reduce their environmental impact. The ink is a derivative of the oil-based ink created for the décor printing sector as part of Ricoh’s collaboration with German equipment manufacturer Olbrich. It has been developed to deliver excellent rub resistance and set-off performance for corrugated brown and white boards, as well as carton board.

The plant oil component creates a sustainable and Ricoh environmentally friendly ink that is:

  • Quick drying, as no heat is required to fix or dry the ink. The oil penetrates porous substrates leaving the pigment near the surface. This reduces energy consumption and eliminates the need for the whole drying system.
  • Odor-free with improved food compatibility, as no monomers are used. Biodegradable and supports deinking.
  • Not water-based so no biocides are required to keep the ink usable.
  • The print heads are easier to clean and less likely to clog as “open time” is much longer. This helps enhance jetting reliability, performance, and printhead life. Low ink consumption is also enabled as the same optical density is achievable using 50% less ink.

“Brand owners and printer manufacturers are increasingly focused on reducing their environmental impact and applying sustainable practices wherever possible,” said Graham Kennedy, director industrial printing, graphic communications, Ricoh Europe. “With our new plant-based ink, they can seamlessly introduce positive changes that make a big difference without impacting their high-quality printed results.”

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