DyStar Group has introduced what it says are its highest performing digital textile printing inks, as it revealed plans to launch an optimised fixation system for its vat inks by the end of the year. 

The dye manufacturer, in partnership with textile machine manufacturer Zimmer Austria, used the recent ITMA international textile machine exhibition in Milan to launch its Jettex 4.0 reactive, acid, disperse and sublimation ink range.

The "ultra-intense" inks have been designed to show improved longer life and user-friendly open time for the printheads, with "excellent robustness" in processing, Dystar claims, as well as meeting the most stringent ecological and fastness requirements.

"All newly launched Jettex Black inks exceed current limits and are setting new industry benchmarks towards deepest blacks," the dye manufacturer said. 

Working with Zimmer Austria on the new inks, the pair are also developing an optimised fixation system for vat inks. Fixation of vat inks can be done in a one-phase or two-phase system. 

The plan is to offer a workable system within 2016 which will Dystar says will change the inkjet printing industry for the workwear, military and home textile market. 

Vat inks are highly pigmented inks that work reliably only with circulating printheads, and have been developed with Zimmer's Colaris in mind – a high performance inkjet printer for industrial print applications ranging from fashion to home textiles. 

Zimmer plans to open up a new technology centre in Kufstein, Austria in May. The 2000 m² building will host all kind of digital print and process technologies for the textile industry, with the goal of bringing customers to the centre for evaluation of the best technology and for training. 

Click below to read a round-up of some other developments launched at the ITMA international textile and garment machinery exhibition. 

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