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Imaging Chemicals: Inkjet Technology

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Introduction 6
Summary 8
InkJet Technology 16
Technology Development 16
Print Technologies 17
Continuous Inkjet Printing (CIJ) 18
Drop-on-Demand Inkjet Printing 18
Piezo Inkjet Printing 19
Thermal/Bubble Inkjet Printing 20
MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems) Printhead Fabrication Techniques 20
Inkjet Inks 22
Water-Based Inks 23
Solvent-Based Inks 24
Phase-Change Inks 24
UV-Curable Inkjet Inks 25
Colorants 27
Inkjet Media 30
Papers 31
Films 33
Overview of the Inkjet Industry 34
North America 39
Industry Structure 39
Hardware manufacturers 40
Inkjet papers and films 42
Inkjet inks 43
Component chemicals for inks and media 44
Operating Characteristics 45
Research and development 45
Manufacturing 46
Marketing 46
Cost structure and profitability 46
Government Regulations 47
Future Trends and Strategic Issues 48
Critical Factors for Success 49
Europe 50
Industry Structure 50
Hardware manufacturers 50
Inkjet inks 53
Inkjet media 54
Component chemicals for inks and media 57
Pigments and dyes for inkjet inks 57
Polymers and fillers for inkjet media coatings 59
Operating Characteristics 61
Research and development 61
Manufacturing 62
Marketing 63
Government Regulations 63
Classification and labeling of chemicals - the reach initiative 65
IPPC Directive 67
Volatile organic compounds 68
Food Contact Directive 68
Future Trends and Strategic Issues 69
Critical Factors for Success 70
Japan 70
Industry Structure 70
Hardware manufacturers 71
Inkjet ink manufacturers 73
Inkjet paper manufacturers 74
Component chemicals for inks and media 75
Operating Characteristics 77
Research and development 77
Manufacturing 79
Marketing 80
Cost structure and profitability 81
Government Regulations 81
Future Trends and Strategic Issues 82
Business trends and strategic issues 82
Technology trends and strategic issues 82
Critical Factors for Success 83
China 84
Hardware Manufacturers 84
Inkjet Ink Manufacturers 85
Inkjet Paper Manufacturers 88
Component Chemicals for Inks and Media 89
Markets and Trends 90
Narrow-Format Inkjet Printing - Home and Office Markets 91
Printers 91
Inks 94
Coated Papers 97
Photofinishing 98
Wide-Format Inkjet Printing 101
Printers 101
Overview 101
The Chinese wide-format inkjet industry 104
Inks 105
Aqueous inks 105
Solvent-based inks 106
UV-curable inks 108
Consumption and pricing 111
Media 112
Industrial and Commercial Applications 115
Textile Printing 117
Digital Fabrication 120
Technology 122
Applications 123
Displays 123
Printed electronics 124
Life sciences 126
Biochips 126
Medical devices 128
Drug delivery systems 128
Regenerative medicine 128
Stereolithography 129
Participants 130
Potential Market Size 137
Chemical Markets 138

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