White textile ink is readily available from the major manufacturers, yet up until now, it has only been available as a finished ink. To give smaller ink manufacturers the opportunity to tap into this lucrative market and make their own inks, we developed the first white direct to textile dispersion.
To meet the needs of direct to textile printing, this unique product needed to be deliver both good coverage and consistent reliability. Our solution was to design two separate dispersions; one with a very fine particle size <100nm to provide good stability and prevent nozzle clogging; and the second, a courser dispersion to provide opacity. We then succeeded in combining the two dispersions at the optimum ratio to achieve the correct dispersion properties.
The result was AW PRO+ – which for the first time enables our clients to manufacture the full set of inks (CMYK + W).