ARMOR Industrial Inks Lab Launches ARStyle, its New Range of Direct To Film Aqueous Inks for Textile Printing

ARMOR Industrial Inks announces its launch of a new range of aqueous aqueous for direct film print, with white stability and washability that are unmatched in other textile applications.

New DTF Ink Range
A2i, a semi-industrial brand of ARMOR Print Solutions (an ARMOR GROUP Company), announces the launch its new range aqueous aqueous inks for Direct To Film (DTF). This range of five colours is designed for the textile market, and in particular cotton applications. These aqueous Inks are compatible to several EPSON Printheads. Lastly, these inks are OEKOTEX certified. Standard 100 by OEKOTEX is a global uniform system of testing methods, criteria, and limits for harmful chemicals, which allows the OEKOTEX test institutes to certify textile products as safe. Standard 100 by OEKOTEX – tested for harmful substances – is a label that can be applied to products like ARStyle Inks.

Tom Strähnz, Managing Director A2i Germany, comments “Our range of inks goes beyond functionality; they also cater to the creative needs of companies in the fashion wear industry. Our inks have a wide range of vibrant colors, and they retain their color for a long time. This makes them more eye-catching and visually appealing. “Whether you are printing on cotton fabrics or synthetic cotton blends, our inks will deliver exceptional results. Your fashion creations will stand out.

Superior washability and stability
In addition to the four CMYK colours, A2i’s R&D team has focused on white, advancing the technological progress through the use of advanced water-based polymers.

Giovanni Manca is the Head of Ink Development. He says that “white is essential for textile applications.” It is used as a background for the fabric and plays a vital role in the brightness. We paid particular attention to this because ARStyle’s White is more stable than the average. The preparation time for reprinting is also shortened. Stability of the white ink allows for a quicker restart after production interruptions. “Whether there is a long or short break, our white ink will maintain consistent performance to minimise disruptions to workflow.”

A2i conducted its own tests, adapted to the ISO 6330 method – Textiles: Domestic washing and drying for textile testing. And the results show that colour loss after 10 washes at 40°C for a 150min cycle is minimal compared to five competitors.

Tom Strähnz, Managing Director A2i Germany, concludes: “The properties of our inks allow the colors to stay vibrant for much longer, which not only meets a quality and aesthetic challenge, but also has an impact on sustainability. Consumers will be able to keep their garments for a longer period of time, which is important in a world that is heavily dependent on garment consumption as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.