For the first time, Armor is opening up its inks expertise to other industrial users. The Group which has been in Ink chemistry since the 1920’s is now diversifying and launching a new business dedicated to the development and the production of high quality industrial inks. This is a response to the expanding demands of the market for inks, opening up to new applications in ever more extensive fields.
For decorating, drawing or communicating, whatever it inks are used for, Armor believe that inks will in future be applied to surfaces made from ever more complex materials. Armor's new business is a response to these new forward-facing challenges, by providing industrial customers with state of the art expertise in industrial inks for digital printing applications.
This may for example include inks for industrial décors intended for printing on glass, for floor coverings or wooden furniture, as well as textiles. Armor's expertise offers solutions for high-tech materials like skis or heat ‘shapeable’ items (helmets, phones, automotive parts, safety light units), as well as for digitally printing food packaging. Armor supports the development of state of the art technology bringing more flexibility and adding well-qualified jobs. This is how digital printing has contributed to the "fast fashion" phenomena, an approach better suited to changing trends while protecting designer's industrial property through fast product range replacement, before low cost copies have had time to roll out. Other innovative applications over the medium term for Armor's new industrial inks include functional inks that are strategic in the fields of energy or cutting-edge electronics. These high value added inks are found, for example, in conductive inks intended for printed electronics, insulating inks or photo-catalytic ones that contribute to cleansing the air.
A "Made in Europe" project with a sustainable growth foundation
To complete this ambitious project, Armor has mobilised teams of chemists throughout Europe. Everyone has contributed to this success by bringing their own expertise at the ARMOR INKS LAB. R&D is led from France and Germany, while final inks formulation takes place in Germany, ready for manufacture at the Group's Polish facility, guaranteeing the highest quality inks along with large-scale production capacities.
"This new business is the fourth pillar in the Armor Group's expansion. The company's ambition is to offer innovative technology grounded in sustainable growth. Digital printing is used to print "on demand", eliminating stocks and therefore encouraging material savings in colourings and substrates. We are aiming for very high growth markets, making available our world renown expertise in inks, our R&D that is resolutely targeted at sustainable growth and our production machinery that is immediately available. "explains Hubert de Boisredon, Armor's Chairman & CEO. The business has already kicked off with the first industrial partnerships in place at the start of 2016.
ARMOR is a globally operating group, founded in France 1922, with business units in industrial coding & printing, compatible inkjet solutions for wholesale, retail and corporate business, remanufacturing of toner cartridges, renewable energies and digital industrial printing. ARMOR has 2.000 employees in 19 subsidiaries and 11 production sites worldwide and generated a turnover of 240 Mio € in 2015. www.armor-group.com
Frank De Jonge will be speaking at InPrint about Ink development for Innovative applications on Tuesday 15th November at 15.30hrs .