Kiian Specialty Inks has announced the launch of FREE, a range of PVC-free plastisol inks that meet all international textile standards and can be used with most textiles, from cotton to synthetics. FREE will be marketed under the Manoukian-Argon flagship brand.
FREE is a plastisol with no PVC or phthalates and offers the ease of use, excellent performance and high productivity characteristics of traditional plastisol inks. The ink has a smooth, soft touch with low tack and a matt finish that on textiles resembles water-based inks. The ink has received OEKO-TEX Standard 1001 and GOTS2 certification and has also been recognized for compliance with Nike’s restricted substances list (RSL) following independent testing. These tests and certifications provide textile and garment manufacturers and retailers the assurances necessary for their own environmental compliance.
Fast-drying for high-speed, high volume production, FREE inks can be printed wet-on-wet with no restrictions, while FREE Flash White demonstrates excellent drying speed under flash lamps combined with a very good opacity. At the same time, FREE does not dry on the screen at room temperature, enabling easy working while eliminating the need for clean-ups after production stops. The inks are ready-to-use and require no mixing, additives, special storage or handling procedures.
Good adhesion properties make FREE inks ideal for use on sports- and swimwear, and a broad range of special effects can add value to clothing and textiles. These include 3D inks and the application of glitter and metallic powders to FREE transparent inks.
“FREE inks combine the productivity of conventional plastisols with the eco-friendliness of water-based inks, offering both printers and brand owners the ultimate solution they have been looking for,” said Frank Jellinek, Sales and Marketing Director, Kiian Specialty Inks.
“This is a truly universal ink that can be used with natural and synthetic textiles, enabling printers to reduce stockholding while meeting their environmental requirements, as well as those of their customers. We have undertaken extensive field testing in different regions and climates, and the feedback received has been beyond our expectations,” he added.
Base and semi-opaque FREE ink colors are available now, with the complete range, comprising a full product line, scheduled to be released over the next few months. The full range of FREE inks will include transparent inks; standard colors; OP Colors (high opacity); FLUO Color (fluorescent colors); process colors; anti-bleeding grey (for base layers on materials prone to bleeding); 3D transparent and transfer base.