ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH has announced its line of GALERIE inkjet photo media has received high print permanence ratings from Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc.
Results show that ILFORD GALERIE Gold Fibre Silk, Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss media achieved a very high level of overall Print Permanence and Dark Storage Stability Ratings. When printed with HP Vivera pigment inks, the papers were found to withstand fading and yellowing for more than 250 years in archival album or dark storage conditions, and are stable for more than 200 years when displayed under glass. The Smooth papers also demonstrated a "very high" resistance to high humidity.
"Photographers trust ILFORD to protect their images and legacy, therefore it is absolutely imperative that we are able to demonstrate the durability of our GALERIE media line," said Tim Maher, President of ILFORD America, Inc. "Our papers are able to withstand the test of time and will not fade or show signs of yellowing for more than 250 years, which allows photographers to rest easy, knowing their images will live on for generations."
The rigorous testing procedures undertaken by Wilhelm Imaging Research examined ink fade and paper yellowing under controlled light and humidity conditions in a carefully controlled lab setting. The data is based on test samples printed with a Hewlett-Packard Designjet Z3200 printer and HP Vivera pigment inks. The full Wilhelm Imaging Research report can be found online at http://www.wilhelm-research.com/Ilford/Ilford.html.
"Products as permanent as these ILFORD offerings require very long test times, so while these media have not yet reached the first of our endpoint criteria, the tests have been in progress long enough for us to confidently give all three papers a greater than 200 year WIR Display Permanence Rating with HP Vivera Pigment Inks," said Henry Wilhelm, co-founder, president, and director of research at Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. "The tests are continuing and these ratings will increase. At 250+ years, the Dark Storage (Arrhenius) stability rating as well as the 100+ year ozone resistance are also extremely good. Freedom from optical brightening agents (OBAs) affords the papers an additional permanence advantage in terms of resistance to yellowing over time; this is especially important for prints on long-term display. Overall, these ILFORD papers are highly stable products."
"At ILFORD we strive to create the highest quality products in order to meet the demands of today's discerning professionals who rely on inkjet media," said Dr. Rita Hofmann, Director of Research and Development at ILFORD. "Our in-house research and development staff continues to develop market leading products using the latest print technology. We are pleased that the Wilhelm Research laboratory has independently verified the impressive permanence levels we have created."
ILFORD GALERIE Professional Inkjet media are designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of today's professional inkjet marketplace. The papers deliver superior images that mirror those of a photographic print, and are universally compatible with all high-end inkjet printers. To provide the right tools for a variety of applications, ILFORD GALERIE is available in three distinct versions – GOLD, SMOOTH and GRAPHIC.