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Ilford introduces Omnijet innovations at FESPA

The new AquaBlockTM and NanoSolventTM layer technology for aqueous and solvent commercial printing were unveiled at FESPA 2013.


ILFORD (www.ilford.com), a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and colour photographic processes, announced their latest product innovations for the commercial sign and display market at FESPA 2013 held in London.


Exhibiting at Stand G67S, ILFORD unveiled two new groundbreaking technologies that aim to revolutionise the sign and display industry by offering commercial printers an opportunity to increase productivity and drive incremental business by more efficient utilisation of their existing hardware.


Building on the recently introduced NanoSolventTM layer technology, ILFORD announced new applications for this range as well as further products to expand their solvent platform stable of media. ILFORD also showcased AquaBlockTM, an exciting breakthrough in aqueous inkjet technology, which offers the sign and display market the ability to drive incremental business through a range of completely water-fast products for outdoor use without the need for lamination.


“Throughout our history in the sign and display market, we have continued to be a driving force in the industry’s advancement,” said Paul Willems, Chief Executive Officer for ILFORD. “With these latest innovations in media layer design we are able to introduce groundbreaking new products which ensure that media is able to keep pace with advancements in hardware. In these challenging economic times we are continuing to look for ways to offer commercial printers cost effective opportunities to increase productivity, drive incremental business, and all without compromising on image quality.”


ILFORD OMNIJET NanoSolventTM Glossy Banner Vinyl
NanoSolventTM Glossy Banner Vinyl pro- vides a high quality, fire-retardant* banner that enables media to be used indoors or outdoors for up to two years without lamina- tion. The NanoSolventTM layer meets the highest demands for image quality and of- fers fast printing and drying speeds, enabling print service providers to laminate within 30 minutes and avoid ink transfer, therefore in- creasing productivity and output potential. NanoSolventTM Glossy Banner Vinyl is com- patible with eco-solvent and solvent printers.



ILFORD OMNIJET NanoSolventTM Glossy Backlit Vinyl
NanoSolventTM Glossy Backlit Vinyl is a premium quality, stretchable and fire-retardant* backlit display material suitable for both in- door and medium to long term outdoor applications. Ideal for day and night backlit displays and perfect for use with the latest metallic inksets, the gloss-finished media is compatible with solvent and eco-solvent inkjet printers.



With OMNIJET AquaBlockTM, ILFORD has leveraged its expertise in coating technologies to create a layer for aqueous inks, which is completely water-fast without any lamination. This groundbreaking product will deliver incremental business opportunities to the print service provider by offering a range of aqueous media dedicated to outdoor applications. The AquaBlockTM layer is completely water-fast and does not swell or dissolve in extreme weather conditions. The layer ensures fixation of the inkjet pigments at the surface of the print media, while retaining the premium photo quality associated with ILFORD products. This innovative new layer will feature on a range of ILFORD substrates to be launched in the coming months.

In addition to the recently announced solvent canvases, ILFORD have now also introduced two additional products to their solvent range.



OMNIJET Satin Blueback is a high-opacity, water resistant media for billboards and other poster advertising applications. The bright white satin media ensures minimal show through and has the strength to withstand the process of being pasted and left outdoors for short to medium use. Satin Blueback is compatible with eco-solvent and solvent printers.


Semi-Gloss Poster Paper
OMNIJET Semi-Gloss Poster Paper is ideal for indoor and short to medium term outdoor advertising. Water-resistant with a wipe-fast layer, this robust and easy to handle media is a cost-effective solution when fit for purpose image quality is required. The media is compatible with all good eco-solvent and solvent printers.
* From internal testing. Products have been submitted to B1 testing and results expected Sept 2013.



Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of consumables for both inkjet printing and colour photographic processes as well as other coated products. The worldwide businesses include R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, with sales operations in the USA, Belgium and Japan. For more information on ILFORD, please visit www.ilford.com

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