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FUJIFILM Dimatix Announces Hexion Specialty Chemicals Participation in Ink Partnership Program

Monday, February 19, 2007

Press release from the issuing company

Lebanon, New Hampshire; February 16, 2007 – FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. today announced that Hexion Specialty Chemicals has joined the FUJIFILM Dimatix Ink Partnership Program. The global leader in thermoset resins, Hexion also offers an expanding portfolio of UV curable formulations to include inkjet inks for a variety of end-uses. The addition of Hexion brings to 13 the number of companies participating in the rigorous partnership program, which fosters the strong relationships with ink developers that FUJIFILM Dimatix requires to ensure that the specific ink capabilities and formulations recommended for use with Spectra™-branded printheads consistently meet the company’s high standards of performance and reliability. Hexion was accepted in the Ink Partnership Program based on its expanding base of UV products and technologies, technical resources, worldwide presence and expertise in color and pigments, said Martin Schoeppler, vice president, marketing and sales, FUJIFILM Dimatix. “The strength of these core attributes make Hexion Specialty Chemicals an excellent candidate for our Ink Partnership Program by suggesting that specific Hexion ink formulations and the technologies on which they are based will pass our rigorous testing procedures and allow Hexion to become a valuable contributor to the program,” Schoeppler added. Commented Paul Lindquist, Business Development Manager, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, “FUJIFILM Dimatix is a leading supplier of piezoelectric printheads for high-speed printing applications, and we are pleased to participate in this important and beneficial program. We look forward to working closely with FUJIFILM Dimatix officials to ensure that Hexion UV ink formulations will meet the highly selective criteria FUJIFILM Dimatix has established.” Under the Ink Partnership Program, FUJIFILM Dimatix rigorously and extensively tests inks in the lab and in the field to ensure optimal printing performance and maximum printhead life. Certified Inks meet a comprehensive suite of test requirements defined by FUJIFILM Dimatix. These include material set compatibility and sustainability testing to make certain that inks do not damage printheads and perform well when used and maintained in the prescribed manner. Ink Partners work in close collaboration with FUJIFILM Dimatix to develop solutions and provide customer-focused problem solving. Strict program criteria ensures that Ink Program Partners are not only technically competent, but also employ excellent analytical capabilities and tools, proven manufacturing capabilities and formal quality control systems. In addition, Ink Partners are subject to ongoing review and audit by FUJIFILM Dimatix. “The choice of Certified Ink is always the preferred solution when identifying an ink formulation or ink provider, as we cannot ensure that other inks will perform in a consistent and reliable manner,” said Martin Schoeppler. “It is impossible to predict what long-term effects noncertified ink formulations will have on printhead reliability and overall jetting performance. Through our intensive collaborative efforts with our Ink Partners, users can be confident in their choice of inks and that any technical issues that might arise will be acknowledged and resolved through our mutual efforts.”




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