Ceramic Decal Printing – What lies ahead?

For thousands of years, mankind has used ceramic related products for their household needs.  The pottery decoration techniques back then were instrumental in preserving their cultural perceptions and history. Ceramic pottery has an indivisible history with Ancient Indian civilization as well. Even the calendars and astrological events were found recorded on pots with their full vivacity and ancient glory. 

Everything has changed.. Yet nothing has changed..

Thousands of years later, we now know that the ceramic printing industry has gained substantial popularity and adopted new printing methods from the days of antiquity to the present day of 21st century. Today, the ceramic industry has proliferated into different business verticals and printing techniques. Job repetition and printing errors have reduced substantially and there is an unprecedented improvement in resolution and high definition.   

For centuries, the stamping method was used to print potteries which had its own issues. Decal printing became popular in the 1970s when ceramists started transferring images on the pottery with screen printed decals. This method became very popular due to its ease of application and today, it is one of the most widely used methods for ceramic printing.

What is Ceramic Decal Transfer?

This printing process begins by transferring ceramic ink on the transfer paper with screen printing process. The transfer is then separated from the transfer paper by soaking it into water.  The transfer is then shifted onto the pottery surface and burned off at high temperatures to fuse the ink.  The process requires very good quality colour pigments, printing medium, transfer paper and Overcoat.

The ceramic transfer printing or ceramic decal printing is used globally and it is one of the most popular printing methods thanks to its ability to print complex decorations on pottery. 

What lies ahead?

A recent report published in Marketwatch (a financial information website that provides business news, analysis, and stock market data.) shed some light on global Ceramic Decal Market.  According to their study, Global Ceramic Decal Industry will register 1.5% CAGR in terms of revenue and by 2024, the global market size will grow appreciably to a sizable figure of $530 million, from $480 million in 2019.

 

The Ultimate all-rounder – PerfectMatt PM

The Perfect Matt PM inks are widely used for outdoor signage, POP display, decal, automotive dial, graphic overlay (e.g., membrane switches) & vacuum forming. The Perfect Matt PM Ink System includes 12 standard line colours, an extender base and a set of trichromatic (halftone) colours.

These inks have exceptional weathering resistance when overprinted with Polyplast PY433 EL Overprint Varnish which could increase it’s outdoor life by  five years and above.  The Perfect Matt PM is one of the most popular product which is highly popular among

Fujifilm Sericol India organized first aid training for its Employees

Fujifilm Sericol India organized a one day in-house first aid training session  on 7th October 2017.  The training was carried out by a team of Doctors from Life Line Institute of First Aid & Emergency Medicine, a Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH)  recognized institute. The objective of the training was to promote a healthy and a safe work environment  and to familiarize employees with  various first aid safety procedures and practices.  The one day practical and class room training covered how to correctly undertake first aid while dealing with potentially dangerous situations like  unconsciousness, falling from height, burns, injuries, fractures and snake bite. The training also explained how to perform CPR and ways to examine a serious casualty.

Managing Director, Mr. M.P. Raghav Rao believes that providing  first aid training to the employees  is a way to celebrate and strengthen the company’s ongoing commitment to safety . Speaking on this occasion, he said “At Fujifilm Sericol, safety has been adopted as a core value rather than a simple priority and that is why we have managed a great work place safety record over the years. Preventing incidents of occupational ill health and injuries are of paramount importance to us and it is our core integrated management system policy.” Mr. Chandrakant Deshmukh, Manager-HR, Fujifilm Sericol  India said “We are committed to ensure zero harm to our employees and it is our standard procedure to  give them in- house first aid and fire fighting training every year. This is for the first time we have invited Doctor’s from DISH Institute to provide live demonstration of various first

UV Screen printing in India is still growing in a very good way

Adam Batting, Technical Manager, FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems  Ltd. shared his views on UV Screen printing segment and upcoming launch of Fujifilm Sericol’s new Smart UV ink technology at SPI2016 /ASGA India 2016

India has always been an exciting market for Screen Printing business. In the last decade, where Screen printing was predominantly carried out by manual printing processes, Indian Screen printers have come a long way since then. Now there is an abundance of semi-automatic and automatic Screen printing machines and Screen printers have their own Screen making setup. There are better Screens and Squeegees available in the market and recent introduction of UV Screen ink technology is proving to be a quantum leap forward for Indian Screen printing industry.

During my stint in India, I had the opportunity to  visit many  customers in Pune, Mumbai, Coimbatore and Tirupur and I could see a visible shift towards quality and a wide ink portfolio offering  to clients. But there were apprehensions as well. Indian Screen printers often asked me if inkjet printing is an upcoming threat to the dominance of Screen printing in Indian market.

We have seen just recently that digital printing has emerged as a new technology for textile printing applications. Digital textile printing is a growing market and will continue to grow as a viable option for textile Screen printing. It is no secret that the future of screen printing is moving toward digitalization with greater speed and having followed Indian Screen printing market closely, I can say that inkjet printing is gaining good ground in India but I feel versatility that Screen printing offers, makes it very difficult to replace.

Screen printing is a fantastic technology that is used by many industries with so many old, new and yet to be discovered applications.  It can be used to print on a wide variety of substrates, including paper, paperboard, plastics, glass, metals, fabrics, and many other materials. For many years in India, Screen printing has been a reliable and cost-effective technology for Graphic printing applications but now it has expanded into various other industrial segments like Membrane switches, Vehicle graphics, Autodials, Packaging, Garment and non Garment. The market is expected to grow further as new technologies like UV Screen printing evolve further for printing applications.

UV Screen printing has been growing strongly in Europe and in recent years, India has also shown rapid transition in this field. I believe, there is a strong growth opportunity in Indian market for UV curing products. Instant curing properties of UV curing ink have made  Screen printing operations competitive with other printing technologies. UV curing technology is turning out to be a massive success in India where production speed is a critical criteria.  These inks can make a big difference to the speed and efficiency of conventional print operations. When printing multicolor jobs, the second color can be printed almost immediately. Some new high-production presses can print several colors at once by passing prints through intermediate UV curing stages. Prints can be handled and packed for shipping the minute they emerge from the curing unit. No waiting around for prints to dry, no storage racks to hold drying substrate, and no bulky heat-drying equipment, UV curing inks can make a big difference to the speed and efficiency of conventional print operations.

Apart from that, when we compare the advantages of UV-curable inks, they are indeed more environmentally friendly than conventional solvent based Screen printing inks. A Screen printing operation that converts to UV inks can reduce its air-borne emissions dramatically.

Another big advantage of UV inks is that they don’t dry in the screen. Air-dry inks continue to increase in viscosity as you use them because the solvents in them continue to evaporate. UV inks do not increase in viscosity. The result is you don’t have to shut down in the middle of a production run to clean your screen

Our team at Fujifilm Sericol India has been constantly helping many Screen printers keeping up with new technologies like UV screen printing. For many years, our state of the art colour matching lab and R& D center has been a driving force behind reliable and efficient Screen printing ink delivery for various segments.

I must also add that our Indian customers have also played a vital role in our technological innovation. New customer requirements and feedbacks have constantly driven us to deliver competitive technologies because of which we are now launching next generation of UV curing ink in Indian market. The patented Smart UV ink, which we launched in Screen Print India expo 2016, comes with high gloss and longer outdoor life apart from all the other benefits of UV inks.  We hope to set a new benchmark in UV screen printing segment with this new addition.

I have a positive outlook for India and I firmly believe Screen printing will co-exist with other print technologies in the near future. Technologies will improve which will provide a seamless process improvements for vast Indian Screen printing segments.

Fujifilm Sericol India bags 2 awards at Inter-Industry Safety Competition 2017

Fujifilm Sericol India won the  Safety slogan award at Inter Industrial Safety Competition, organized by Deccan Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture, Pune. The company also received first runners-up award for Safety poem. The awards were handed over by Mr. Vilas Ghogre, Dy. Director of Directorate of Industrial Safety & Health to Mr. Rahul Pawar from Fujifilm Sericol India.  DCCIA


Mr. Rahul Pawar receiving award from Mr. Vilas Ghogre

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. M.P. Raghav Rao, Managing Director, Fujifilm Sericol India said “ We are very  excided to receive these awards. This is a testament to our commitment to safety and well being of our employees. This is an important recognition for all of our  efforts to safety and it will surely motivate us to maintain a injury free work environment.  ”

The All India Printing Ink Manufacturing Association (AIPIMA) conducted a Seminar on Sustainability in a Constantly Challenging Business Environment

The All India Printing Ink Manufacturers Association (AIPIMA) conducted  a one day seminar titled ‘Sustainability in a Constantly Challenging Business Environment” on 9th February 2018 at Parc Estique Hotel, Pune. The Seminar was hosted by Fujifilm Sericol India Pvt. Ltd. in association with  Thermofisher Scientific India Pvt Ltd.

Shri Prabhuji Vamanadeva Das from ISCON, Pune,  graced the occasion  by delivering an inaugural speech on “Joy of Stress”.

Mrs. Alka Verma, Advocate and Patent Attorney  at R.K. Dewan  & Co., gave an insightful presentation on “ Importance of Patents & Trademarks” . She  briefed the gathering  by sharing global statistical data, registration process and current  trends on various Patents and also shared some case studies.

Mr. Atul Gandhi, Managing Director, Macart , discussed about latest digital printing technologies like UV printing, Digital Textile printing, corrugated box printing  and Industrial Label printing  in his presentation titled “Trends in Digital Technologies”.

Followed by Mr. Atul Gandhi’s presentation, Dr,. Gokulakrishnan Srinivasan , General Manager, Thermo Fischer Scientific discussed different ways to differentiate non identical polymers in his presentation titled “Spectroscopy analysis on Polymers & Inks”.  He described the applications and benefits  of using  instruments like FTIR spectroscopy, TGA-IR, DSC and UV Spectrophotometer in Polymer Characterization.

Speaking on this occasion,  Mr.  M.P. Raghav Rao, Managing Director, Fujifilm Sericol India said,  “ It was an excellent technical seminar that featured speakers from different part of the business which addressed latest trending printing technologies , patents and material characterization. It was also a privilege to have Prabhuji Vamanadeva Das at the seminar   ”

Fujifilm Sericol wins Excellence Award in MSME Sector at AIPIMA Award Night

–Fujifilm Sericol India, a leading manufacturer of high quality Screen, Wide Format, Narrow Web and Sheet-Fed Offset ink, has been  recognized as one of  the top  companies in Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise sector (MSMEs)  at AIPIMA Award Night, organized by All India Printing Ink  Manufacturer’s Association. The Excellence Award in MSME sector  was received by Mr. M.P. Raghav Rao, Managing Director, Fujifilm Sericol  India.

“It is a great honor to receive this award”, said Mr. Rao “ This is an acknowledgment of all the talented and committed people at Fujifilm Sericol and  many dedicated and discerning clients whom I have been fortunate enough to work with over the past few years.  This award is a testament to Fujifilm Sericol’s incredible growth and our strong focus on innovation and technology.’’

Fujifilm establishes the guideline for the calculation of its water footprint

Fujifilm Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) has established the internal guideline for the calculation of its water footprint (*1) for quantitatively assessing the amount of water consumed throughout a product’s lifecycle from procurement/manufacturing to sales and disposal. The move complements the existing efforts to mitigate CO2 emissions, and reflects the company’s active initiative for environmentally-conscious product development, impact assessment and information disclosure in respect to water resources.

In recent years, the world has been experiencing, with increasing severity, water shortages and concerns around water pollution. Europe is moving towards including the issue of water resource depletion in the Environmental Footprint (*2), a set of pilot guidelines for assessing the environmental impacts of the product over their lifecycle. With an international standard (ISO) on the environmental impact calculation method for water to be released in early 2015, there is a global demand for impact assessment and information disclosure with respect to water resources.

Supporting this social trend early on, Fujifilm began exploring methods for calculating water footprint precociously and has compiled its findings into this guideline.

Fujifilm applies the “Design for Environment” rule when designing and developing all products. It quantitatively and objectively assesses the environmental impact of CO2 emissions throughout each product’s lifecycle. This guideline for the calculation of water footprint sets out the approach and specific methodology for calculating the amount of water consumption over the product’s lifecycle, based on the procedure for calculating CO2 lifecycle assessment as defined in the “Design for Environment” rule. It encompasses not only “quantity” but also “quality” of water (pollution level), which will be clarified in the process of international standardization. The new guideline incorporates specific cases of products and services, making it easy for product developers to adopt the guideline.

Fujifilm will make use of this guideline to promote worldwide “visualization” of the environmental impact with respect to water resources over the lifecycle of products. The company will carry out environmentally-conscious product development, including material procurement by considering “water stressed areas” (*3), promoting proactive initiatives on the sustainable use and protection of limited water resources.

The Fujifilm Group launched the mid-term CSR program “Sustainable Value Plan 2016” in FY2014, outlining business goals for resolving social issues, with the aim of contributing to “sustainable social development”. Defining “response to water issues” and “securing water resources” as important social issues, the plan lists the goals of “reducing and the restriction of water pollution through the development of highly functional materials” and “maintaining unit water consumption (amount of water used per sales) at the FY2013 level”. In order to achieve these goals, the company will utilize the new guideline and promote environmentally-conscious product development in terms of water resources, making an active contribution to the sustainable development of society, which is the most important challenge the Earth faces in the 21st century.

Fujifilm Sericol Launches Seritrans TA inks for Textile printing

Fujifilm Sericol India is delighted to share the latest innovations in water based Screen printing technology (Seritrans TA), which is designed for Tagless label printing applications. This water-based PVC & Phthalate ink is suitable for both direct and transfer printing. The ink provides good screen stability and has very good resistance against dry and wet friction. This links also meets Oeko-Tex Standard 100 requirements and is becoming very popular among textile printers across India. From continued evolution in Plastisol based and water based ink technology, Fujifilm Sericol India today provides the most extensive portfolio to meet market demands. An unwavering monitor of global trends in textile printing – combined with unrelenting development with our Innovation pipeline allows Fujifilm Sericol to predict where our customers are going and have solutions ready. Fujifilm Sericol’s ability to provide printers with inks and chemicals uniquely positions us to offer the Total Solution that creates a difference for our customers. Fujifilm Sericol welcomes attendees to visit Screen Print India 2016 and discuss solutions to meet their specific goals. At Screen Print India 2016, you will get the opportunity to: Feel T-shirts Printed with Seritrans TA inks Engage one-on-one with leading suppliers in textile printing industry Uncover new ideas and growth opportunities

Fujifilm Graphic Business Commits to South African Market with Open House Event

FUJIFILM South Africa (Pty) Ltd. held an open house on October 1 and 2, 2014 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in South Africa’s Johannesburg, where it presented the latest technologies and solutions spanning over many different fields (commercial printing, newspaper printing and wide-format, among others) and discussed the benefits of employing such technologies and solutions while providing demonstrations.
At the venue, experts from South African distributors of Fujifilm products, including Graphix Supply World (GSW), Ferrostaal and Kemtek, demonstrated the solutions and discussed their specific merits. Solutions that attracted attention, in particular, included the wide-format LED UV inkjet printer Acuity LED 1600, wide-format flatbed platforms Uvistar Pro-8 and Acuity Advance (the fastest growing type of platform in the world), low-chemical plate systems, and Luxel News VMAX, the world’s fastest CTP system for newspapers.
The President of FUJIFILM South Africa (Pty) Ltd. (hereinafter Fujifilm SA) Ryosuke Miki commented on the partnership with our distributors as follows:
“Fujifilm aims to expand throughout Africa. We have formed relationships with fantastic partners such as Kemtek, Ferrostaal and Graphix Supply World. These relationships are helping us to build the company and take the Fujifilm brand to the next level.”
Graham Leeson, Head of European Communications for Graphic Systems at FUJIFILM Europe, spoke about the open house as follows:
“The open house event was the best platform to demonstrate our extensive product range in South Africa and show what these products can achieve, Our products have real benefits for printers, such as the ability to reduce costs and improve efficiencies, and come with a Fujifilm guarantee of high quality. Our key message to the South African market is that we can help printers be more efficient and competitive while helping them to generate additional revenue from other print solutions within our portfolio.”
John Davies, Business Strategy & Marketing Manager, Print Production Workflow Solutions at Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe, hosted a workflow seminar. He outlined trends and explained the benefits of Fujifilm’s XMF Workflow, XMF Remote and XMF ColorPath. He said that major workflow bottlenecks are: proofing and approval, job submission, colour management, pre-flighting and job ticketing. He said that Fujifilm’s workflow solutions overcome many of these problems by automating print production; maximising efficiency; assisting with printer-client communication; providing easy and consistent colour; using the latest PDF technology and helping to make printers more profitable.
On October 1, Kemtek and Fujifilm SA concluded an exclusive contract on the sales of the Fujifilm CTP plates in South Africa. Kemtek Group MD, Gavin van Rensburg said:
“Kemtek looked for a partner who was making a significant investment in technology for the printing industry and Fujifilm was the ideal company. In turn, they looked for a strong partner such as Kemtek to grow the brand. We are very satisfied with Fujifilm’s long-term investment into the African market. The open event was an opportunity for visitors to see this huge investment. The event also showed that Fujifilm is gaining a strong foothold in the market and it will use the event as a launchpad into the rest of Africa.”

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