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Who Will Supply Ink for Inkjet Presses?

With the arrival of high-speed inkjet presses that challenge offset printing in many areas, one of the comments I regularly hear concerns the cost of inkjet inks and why one cannot buy inks from a range of suppliers, as one can for offset printing. Well things may be changing and this can be seen from the lawsuit in which Kodak is taking action against ink manufacturer Collins Ink Corporation alleging breach of contract.

By Andrew Tribute
Published: November 1, 2011


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By Rossitza Sardjeva on Nov 01, 2011

Who will supply inks for inkjet? - Very intersting question.
Ink formulations for Inkjet printing are very different, because of variable Inkjet methods -inks for thermal, piezo, continuous inkjet, hot-melt,UV,UV-LED, latex,solvent, water-based, pigmented etc. So can we summarise all these for one manufacturer?


By Cary Sherburne on Nov 01, 2011

Just read the court documents filed by Kodak and Collins Ink relative to their termination dispute. Nasty business, and some pretty colorful language in the Collins response. Will be interesting to see how the courts adjudicate this one.


By Andrew Tribute on Nov 01, 2011

As you say Cary the documents make interesting reading. I see a weak point in the Collins response in that if they say that the 180 day clause only applies to terminating the contract prior to its expiry, then why if the contract would automatically expire if no action were taken by Collins to renegotiate it, did Collins terminate the agreement just two months before its expiry. It looks like they don't believe their own response to the Kodak filing and were putting pressure on Kodak to open up the Prosper technology.


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