UTec to Launch Comprehensive Line of Wide-Format Printer Inks at IPEX

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UTec will release a new series of compatible wide format inkjet cartridges at IPEX, the global event for printing technology and publishing, which will be held in Birmingham, from May 18-25.

Compatible Wide Format Inkjet Cartridges

The market is well-established and there is a consistently strong demand for wide-format inks for the production of signage along with other print-for-pay applications

Union Technology International (MCO) Co., Ltd. ("UTec"), the world leader in third-party digital imaging supplies, will release a new line of compatible cartridges for use in wide-format inkjet printers in May. The products will debut at IPEX, the global event for printing technology and publishing, which will be held in Birmingham, England, from May 18-25. UTec's new line includes compatible cartridges that are employed by some of today's most popular wide-format printers including hardware from Canon, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland.

"We are very excited to offer our distributors supplies for wide-format inkjet printers," says Iris Ngo, UTec's general manager. She explains that the current installed base of wide-format equipment remains enormous despite declines in certain segments. "The market is well-established and there is a consistently strong demand for wide-format inks for the production of signage along with other print-for-pay applications," she says.

Owners of commercial print shops have grown reliant on digital technology. Wide-format printers allow shops to do short, customized jobs that provide much better margins than jobs run on an analog device. Margins from digital jobs have been eroding, however, and the market for signage and other graphics have been adversely impacted by the downturn in the economy. "The savings our new line of cartridges will provide will give commercial shops some much needed margin relief," says Ngo. "The cost savings our distributors can offer commercial shops on wide-format consumables are significant and those savings go straight to the shop owner's bottom line."

UTec will offer a wide assortment of dye-based and pigmented aqueous ink sets for machines with either thermal or piezo print heads as well as compatible cartridges with newly formulated eco-solvent inks. The firm plans to offer UV-curable inks in the near future. Ngo says the initial number of cartridges will be extensive and more SKUs are in the pipeline. By year's end, UTec will enter the UV market, which is currently experiencing robust growth. InfoTrends recently released data projecting the worldwide market for UV-curable inkjet hardware and supplies will grow at a compound annual rate of nearly 16% from $1.1 billion in 2008 to $2.33 billion by 2013. "Considering a healthy portion of that $2-billion-plus total will be spent on inks, the UV-curable ink market represents a huge opportunity for UTec. Let's face it, high-quality, non-OEM cartridges with UV inks has been virtually non-existent. With our products, we will change all that," says Ngo confidently.

Established in 1996, UTec's manufacturing partner is ISO 9001 certified and has the expertise needed to bring to market a comprehensive range of professional wide-format inks. Based on internally developed, patented formulations, UTec's wide-format inks contain only the highest-quality dyestuffs, pigments, and other raw materials. UTec employs nanotechnology to ensure its products meet or exceed the performance of OEM inks. All of the firm's inks are independently tested to ensure they consistently provide the highest level of product compatibility. The new wide-format cartridges contain higher ink volumes than the OEM cartridges for greater print yield. To guarantee accurate and consistent color output regardless of media type, UTec has developed ICC profiles. The profiles will be available for various ink and media combinations after UTec's new cartridges are introduced at the IPEX show.

For UTec's wide-format supplies details, please visit UTec website.

About UTec
Located in Macao adjacent to Zhuhai, the capital of China's printer consumable industry, Union Technology International (MCO) Co., Ltd ("UTec") is one of the world's best-known suppliers of top quality aftermarket printer consumables, serving customers in over 120 countries worldwide. UTec is renowned for its one-stop product offerings, strong technological capabilities, good quality and outstanding customer service.

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Union Technology International (MCO) Co., Ltd.
Contact :     Terry Tai, Marketing Manager
Tel:                853 - 2871 5020
Email:         terrytai(at)utec(dot)com(dot)mo
Website: http://www.union-tec.com

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