FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc. announced its parent company Fujifilm Holding Corp. will invest $28 million to add a new facility in New Castle, Delaware, for the production of aqueous inkjet dispersions. The investment will double Fujifilm’s production capacity of pigment dispersions in the U.S. to meet the fast-growing demand for inkjet printing globally. Construction of the new facility, which adds 11,000 sq. ft. of new operational space to the Delaware site, began this month and is expected to be operational by summer 2023.
Last year, Fujifilm announced the construction of its first dispersion U.S. manufacturing facility., which is on schedule to be commissioned by spring 2022. This will expand the company’s existing Europe-based production to the U.S. Today’s announcement brings Fujifilm’s total investment to more than $47 million in new production capacity of pigment dispersions at the Delaware site. To support the increase in manufacturing output across the site, FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc. is adding 30 positions in quality, engineering, production, and administrative roles by the end of 2023 to support operations across both facilities.
Fujifilm’s high purity reactive dispersant (RxD) pigment dispersion products are important to the development of aqueous inkjet inks for a variety of fast-growing inkjet markets, including packaging, textile and commercial printing. They use a proprietary cross-linking technology to lock each pigment particle in a secure polymer cage, resulting in a highly stable dispersion that enables the design of ink formulations that can meet demanding performance requirements. Fujifilm supplies aqueous inks to digital printer OEMs and RxD pigment dispersions to ink formulators.