SAKATA INX at a Glance

You may not have heard of SAKATA INX.However, our products are used in many of the consumer products that are essential in your daily life. Here we give an easy to understand explanation of what SAKATA INX is about.

STEP 1	What does the company do?

1-1 SAKATA INX makes the ink used for printing on paper and film.

The first thing many people think of when they hear the word “ink” is the ink used in ballpoint pens or fountain pens.
However, the ink made by SAKATA INX is used in printing.
Printing ink can be divided into two main categories, and there is a variety of different types of ink in each category depending on the required performance.

1. Inks for printing on packaging and communicating product information (flexo ink, gravure ink and metal ink) [Examples of use]
Corrugated boxes, shopping bags, film packaging for
food and general goods, Paper cups, wrapping paper
for fast food, PET bottle labels, beer and beverage
cans, etc.

2. Inks used to print on paper and communicate information (newspaper ink and offset ink) [Examples of use]
Newspapers, books, magazines, catalogues, posters,
leaflets, sales slips, etc.

1-2 Printing ink is mainly composed of pigment, varnish (vehicle), additives, etc.

The composition of the ink changes according to the application, but the main categories of components are pigment which produces color, varnish (vehicle) which is dispersed into components to make the ink adhere to paper or film, and additives which bring a variety of different functions to the ink. The ink is produced by making these components as fine as possible and disperse them evenly in the ink.

Pigment Inorganic, organic pigments, etc.

Varnish (vehicle) Synthetic resin, natural resin, oils, solvents, etc.

Additives Various components added to bring about dryness,
liquidity, durability to ink film, etc.

1-3 We have applied the development and production technology accumulated in the field of printing ink to develop new fields of business.

Ink manufacture requires technologies to mix components, making them ultrafine and preserving it in a steady uniformity form. We have applied these core technologies to develop in Digital & Specialty product fields.

1.  Industrial inkjet ink [Examples of use]
Public transport advertising in stations and subways,
wrap advertisements on trains and buses, textiles
such as clothes and curtains, building materials
such as wallpaper, surface design of home
appliances, etc.

2. Pigment dispersion for color filter One of the components in the color filters used to make
the LCD displays used in TV monitors and smartphones.

3. Various Functional coating materials Coating materials with various functions (blocks oxygen, reflects less light, damages less easily, antibacterial, antiviral, etc.) used to coat the surface of paper or film

step2 What is the company′ s market environment? step3 What are the company′ s strengths?