Your 2020 Ultimate Price Guide to Solvent and Latex Inks. January 23 2018, 2 Comments

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I think I'm probably the only ink CEO that's still around since 1995.

Most CEOs did not come through the nightmare of 2008.

COVID is now making 2008 look like a joke.

Many ink names have gone belly-up.  AIJ.  AIT.  Budget.  Bordeaux.  Durafos.  InkMill.  London Inkjet.  Lyson.  Sepiax.  Staedtler.  Triangle.  Countless Chinese ones too.

 

What is Water-based Inkjet Ink?

Water-based inkjet ink formulation consists of dye colorants, pigments, latex polymers, surfactants, glycols, and humectants.  It first emerged in 1951, exhibits the brightest colors, and have evolved into latex inks of today.

Water-based inkjet ink prices are the most competitive.

Factory prices to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are as low as US$2 per liter.  Price into the distribution channel is about US$6 a liter.

Oversupply has caused as many as 20 manufacturers to exit the market over the last 20 years.

Consolidation has crashed prices and prices have stayed at the bottom since 2005.

 

What is eco-solvent ink?

Eco-solvent ink is popularly known as an ink with Diethylene Glycol Diethyl Ether (DEGDEE) as its primary solvent.  DEGDEE is a byproduct of petroleum from which BASF of Germany is a big supplier.

It is odorless with no harmful volatile organic compounds.  Eco-solvent inks are jetted through piezo inkjet printheads of Epson, Ricoh, Toshiba, Konica-Minolta, and Seiko.  Eco-solvent ink for Epson DX4, DX5, and DX7 printhead is the most popular.

Eco-solvent ink price is the third most competitive among inkjet inks.

Factory prices to Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs) can be as low as US$6 per liter.  Price into the distribution channel hovers around US$11 a liter.

Real factory manufacturers with economies of scale are found in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Singapore.

Oversupply and declining profitability have caused as many as 10 manufacturers to exit the market for over 5 years.

Factory consolidation has bottomed out prices and prices have stayed low since 2015.

 

What are mild-solvent and solvent inks?

Mild-solvent is popularly known as an ink with Butyl Glycol Acetate (BGA) as its primary solvent carrier.  BGA is also a byproduct of petroleum from which BASF of Germany is the largest supplier.

Mild-solvent ink has an odor but it does not have harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like Cyclohexanone, Toluene, and Xylene found in solvent inks.

Both Mild-solvent and solvent inks are jetted through piezo inkjet printheads of Konica-Minolta, Ricoh, Seiko, and Xaar.

Mild-solvent and solvent ink prices are the second most competitive among inkjet inks.

Factory prices to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) can be as low as US$4 per liter.  Price into the distribution channels is at about US$7 a liter.

Real factory manufacturers with economies of scale are found in China, Taiwan, and Singapore.

Oversupply and low profitability have caused as many as 15 manufacturers to exit the market over 10 years.

Factory consolidation has bottomed out prices and prices have stayed low since 2010.

 

What is eco-solvent vinyl or mild-solvent media?

Vinyl is nowadays commonly used for printing of both indoor and outdoor display banners.  Vinyl is a thick, flexible, and portable material, it is also termed as PVC.

Vinyl can be printed in two ways - solvent or eco-solvent.  Eco-solvent vinyl printing provides photo-quality output.

What is a solvent printer?

Solvent ink printers today are commonly known as 3.2 meters wide-format printers that use mild-solvent and eco-solvent inks.

Desktop eco-solvent printers are not as popular as the wide-format eco-solvent ink printers.

Popular wide-format eco-solvent printer brands are like Epson eco-solvent printerRoland printer, Mimaki printer, and Mutoh printer.

Popular solvent printer print head manufacturers are like Epson, Konica-Minolta, Ricoh, and Seiko.

Popular latex printer manufacturers are like HP Latex printer and Mimaki printer.

UV ink could not be as popular as eco-solvent ink because of its inherently more expensive raw materials of oligomers, monomers, and photoinitiators.

Of all the eco-solvent printer brands, Roland eco-solvent printer and cutter is the most popular.

Prices of eco-solvent printing machines are stabilizing after COVID-19.

A second user Roland eco-solvent printer price can go as low as $3,699.

When you shop around online, you will quickly find an eco-solvent printer for sale.

 

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Sam Leong BSc MSc MBA