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Press release  | Agfa, Mortsel, Belgium  | 17 October 2019

Agfa and UNILIN to show inkjet-printed laminate flooring and furniture

At InPrint 2019, inkjet ink expert Agfa and leading laminate manufacturer UNILIN will show how the combination of water-based primers and inkjet inks delivers a breakthrough for digital production printing of laminate flooring and furniture.

UNILIN and Agfa joined forces to investigate the feasibility of deploying inkjet printing for high-volume, high-speed production printing of decor paper used for laminate flooring and furniture.

At InPrint, they will present the outcome of their cooperation: specialized water-based ink-primer sets for high-speed roll-to-roll digital printing on decor paper for laminate flooring and furniture. The combination of dedicated, conventionally coated primers from UNILIN and perfectly matched Agfa pigmented inkjet inks delivers a wide color gamut with amazing print quality and low ink consumption. Sharply priced, these ink-primer sets will be competing head-to-head with high-volume gravure printing.

“Integration within existing manufacturing facilities is easy as this innovative technology is fully compatible with conventional processing including impregnation, pressing, cutting and milling,” says Jasmine Geerinckx, Business Development Manager UNILIN, division technologies. Tom Cloots, Director Industrial Inkjet Agfa, adds: “As it is a digital process, inkjet printing can be used during the full life cycle of a design – from the start-up with a very small run, through high-volume production, up to the last few print batches when a specific design is being phased out. This flexibility enables a quick response to market needs, while minimizing unprofitable stock levels.”

Visitors to InPrint 2019 will be able to discover a wide range of laminate samples and discuss the benefits of the dedicated ink-primer sets with experts from both companies.

Meet Agfa and UNILIN at InPrint, booth 510 (Munich, 12-14 November).

  • A quantum leap in digital printing of laminate flooring & furniture – Marc Graindourze, Business Development Manager Industrial Inks, Agfa, and Jasmine Geerinckx, Business Development Manager UNILIN, division technologies
    Applications Stage, Thursday November 14, 11:00 am

About Agfa

Agfa develops, produces and distributes an extensive range of imaging systems and workflow solutions for the printing industry, the healthcare sector, as well as for specific hi-tech industries such as printed electronics & renewable energy solutions.

The headquarters are located in Belgium. The largest production and research centers are located in Belgium, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Austria, China and Brazil. Agfa is commercially active worldwide through wholly owned sales organizations in more than 40 countries.

Contact: press@agfa.com


About UNILIN

UNILIN is a globally renowned manufacturer of laminate flooring, engineered wood flooring, wood-based boards, melamine boards and roofing systems. UNILIN is a member of the Mohawk group, the world’s largest flooring company, with sales in over 170 countries and over 40,000 employees.

www.unilin.com/enwww.mohawkind.com

More specifically, the technologies division within UNILIN files patents and manages their worldwide protection and commercialization, granting hundreds of licenses to trusted partners via an extensive sales network. UNILIN, division technologies currently focuses on innovative technologies for the flooring, ceramics and furniture industries, managing more than 3,000 patents in over 450 patent families. www.unilintechnologies.com/en

Contact: info.technologies@unilin.com


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