Which colorant technology is right for my textiles business?

As digital printing technology continues to advance, textiles businesses are increasingly seeing the benefits of digital inkjet. In fact, the adoption of digital printing technologies was estimated at 6% of all printed textiles at the end of last year, accounting for 2.6 billion square meters of printed fabric.

This growth in digital printing is exciting, as businesses can use this new technology to produce vibrant, consistent and more sustainable color. However, there is a critical choice for these businesses to make before they can print, and that is the selection of the colorant. The colorant technology picked dictates both the production and end-user performance, so it’s crucial for businesses to make the correct decision. Indeed, selecting the right colorant can be the difference between a business’ profit and loss.

Choosing the right colorant technology for your business is usually decided based on the selected fabric as some colorants are limited in use regarding what fabrics they can print on. Other technical considerations include shade, purity, solubility, temperature stability and water fastness, as well as the regulatory and compliance aspects.

Whether you’re looking at reactive dyes, acid dyes, disperse dyes or pigments, the choice of colorant technology will ultimately dictate your print performance and impact business results. At Sensient, with our heritage in the textiles industry and expert understanding of the chemistry of color, we are a trusted digital inkjet partner, helping businesses select the best technology for their printing processes.

Interested in finding out more? Check out our latest interview with The SGIA Journal, in which Marketing Manager Dr. Simon Daplyn takes a closer look at these main types of colorants, and both the advantages and disadvantages of each. If you’d like to speak to a member of the Sensient team to discover more about our range of inkjet solutions, get in touch with us today.