Environmentally friendly paper alternative

Mimaki Engineering launches carton ink cartridges

The cartridges are designed for use in Mimaki’s eco-solvent printers
The cartridges are designed for use in Mimaki’s eco-solvent printers

Industrial inkjet printer, cutting plotter, and 3D printer manufacturer Mimaki Engineering has launched new carton ink cartridges.

The business said the innovation replaces traditional plastic cartridges with an environmentally friendly paper alternative.

Designed for use in Mimaki’s eco-solvent printers, the company said these cartridges “retain exceptional performance” while significantly reducing environmental impact.

By transitioning from plastic to paper, Mimaki has achieved a 68% reduction in plastic usage per cartridge. This approach is projected to eliminate approximately 44 tonnes of plastic and 65 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

The lighter weight of carton ink cartridges also translates to an estimated eight-tonne reduction in CO2 emissions during transportation.

The carton ink cartridges were initially introduced to the Japanese market in May 2023, and roll-out to the rest of the world has now begun, with availability in the UK and Ireland expected later this year. The cartridge received the Industrial Packaging Category Award at the 2023 Japan Packaging Contest.

The cartridge, alongside several other sustainable offerings from Mimaki, will be on show at its Drupa stand from 28 May to 7 June at Messe Düsseldorf.

Arjen Evertse, general manager of sales EMEA at Mimaki Europe, said: “We remain committed to innovation in all parts of the production process, from the ink cartridges to the technology itself, in pursuit of a positive environmental impact.

“To respond swiftly to social and environmental needs, we see the importance of advanced technologies such as automation, high-efficiency and high-speed printers, and waterless textile technology.

“Through all these sustainable initiatives, we continue to be dedicated in making a positive contribution to the global print community and fostering a sustainable future for generations to come.”