Rub fastness of TEX1 gets higher

At Mexar, we are constantly striving to achieve more from our inks. Recently, after strenuous testing, we have included some new chemistry into the Mexar Tex1 Pigment inks which achieve even higher rub fastness values than before.

Mexar Tex1 Inks are water based pigment inks for direct to fabric applications. We include textile binders in the inks which adhere to the substrate to create decorated fabrics with in built fastness properties. By including some novel ink chemistry into the new formulations, we can achieve excellent rub fastness on natural fibres such as cotton (or blends). High rub fastness has always been the hardest thing to achieve with pigment textile inks - this new development in the inks has produced results which we are extremely happy with.

In combination to the ink chemistry, we have developed some pre-treatment chemistry to work in combination which can even achieve rub fastness levels of 4/5 or 5!

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Mexar Exhibit at INPRINT Milan 2018

Mexar exhibited at INPRINT Milan, 2018, showcasing some of the recent developments the company has made in water based inkjet technologies.

We had a fantastic response to some of the samples on show, from the aqueous pigment ink for textile printing, to the decor inks we showed to the visitors.

We are very excited about some of the prospects that have come as a result of INPRINT, there seems to be a strong interest in the development of water based inkjet inks for industrial applications which is where we as Mexar position our development programmes in the inkjet industry.

Mexar’s booth at INPRINT 2018

Mexar’s booth at INPRINT 2018

Mexar Win Innovation Award

Mexar have been successful in the recent North East Innovation awards, picking up the award for ‘Innovation in Manufacturing’.

Andy Hancock from Mexar comments “We are delighted with this award. We were in a shortlist with some other highly innovative companies and to come away with the prize is a fantastic achievement. This award is down to the dedication and hard work that the whole Mexar team put in on a daily basis to achieve innovation in our projects and products”.

This is the first year that awards have been given out at the annual Venturefest event held in Newcastle.

Mexar win Innovation Award

Mexar win Innovation Award

Mexar Develop Pigment Textile Inkjet Inks for Seiko Printheads

Mexar extend the development of their Mexar TEX1 inks to include a range of pigment inks suitable for printing to textiles through Seiko Printheads. 

Mexar have worked with a technology partner to develop inks with a superb colour gamut and excellent fastness properties. The ink set combines CMYK with optional spot colours (Red, blue, green, orange, light cyan, light magenta, grey).

Mexar shortlisted for Innovation Award

Mexar shortlisted for Innovation Award

Mexar are delighted to be shortlisted in the North East Innovation Award. The category that Mexar have been shortlisted for is Manufacturing Innovation. The awards take place at St. James Park on 14th November 2018.

“It is a fantastic honour to be shortlisted for an award in the manufacturing category for this years Innovation Super Network North East, we very much look forward to seeing if we are successful on the 14th November. We are in with a very strong line up of innovative companies in the region” Andy Hancock - Director Mexar.

Mexar to Exhibit at InPrint Milan 2018

Mexar to exhibit at InPrint Milan – 20-22nd November 2018

Mexar are excited to announce that they will be exhibiting at InPrint Milan in November 2018.  “We feel InPrint is the perfect platform for Mexar to exhibit and we welcome visitors to discuss their inkjet development needs” Explains Andy Hancock.  “We will be showcasing some of our recent developments in aqueous inkjet inks for industrial applications, including pigmented inks for textiles and single pass printing applications, sublimation inks suitable for a number of different printheads and also some novel applications including inkjet printable hydrogels”.

Mexar will be at booth number 1141.



Mexar Develop Pigment Textile Ink for Seiko Printheads

Mexar extend the development of their Mexar TEX1 inks to include a range of pigment inks suitable for printing to textiles through Seiko Printheads.  The ink set comprises of CMYK with additional spot colours of red, blue, orange, green, light cyan, light magenta and grey.

Mexar have worked with a technology partner to test the ink on Seiko printheads with fantastic results. The printability, colour gamut and fastness properties are all very high.

Mexar awarded an Innovate UK grant

Mexar have been awarded another grant from Innovate UK as part of a consortium bid to develop a time and temperature indicator label (TTI label) for food and pharmaceutical applications.  Working alongside Intray Ltd and CPI (Centre for Process Innovation), Mexar have been assigned the task of developing the internal chemistry of the smart label which will be branded under the OliTec name.  The label is designed to change colour through a traffic light system (green-amber-red) to show consumers a true representation of the real time state of a consumable product.

Mexar take on another new recruit

Mexar are delighted to welcome Dr. Bethany March to join the company.  Bethany has just completed her PhD at Durham University, studying the behaviour of inkjet droplets in OLED systems.  Bethany brings with her a wealth of knowledge regarding the physical chemical aspects of inkjet printing and processes.  Bethany completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Colin Bain.

Bethany becomes part of the R&D team at Mexar, specialising in the development of novel inkjet systems.