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Inks for Product Marking, Coding, and Packaging

Manufacturers turn to industrial inkjet printing to mark and code products with variable data to comply with regulations for tracking products with lot codes and precise expiration information. Using high-quality printing inks for these applications ensures reliable tracking, product safety, and accuracy throughout the supply chain, from manufacturers to distributors.

Kao industrial printing inks for marking and coding applications are compatible with any substrate, porous or non-porous.


Solvent-based inks for Non-porous Materials

Kao produces solvent‑based inks for Piezo Drop-on-Demand (DOD) or Thermal Inkjet (TIJ) printheads. Used for marking, coding, and barcode printing, our solvent‑based inks can print on difficult and rugged substrates, like certain metals, plastics, and other non-porous substrates

We offer solvent-based inkjet inks for these TIJ systems

  • HP
  • Funai

High-Performance TIJ Inkjet Inks

  • SIGMA solvent ink is compatible with HP 45si cartridges, offering the benefits of a 12-hour decap and deeper blacks.
  • NEXXO solvent ink is formulated to work with Funai’s new solvent-compatible cartridges with a 10mm throw distance that can print on curved surfaces, such as bottles and the bottom of beverage cans.

We offer solvent-based inkjet inks for these Piezo systems

  • Dimatix Ink
  • Ricoh Ink
  • SII Printek Ink
  • Xaar Ink


Water-based inks for Porous Materials

Water-based inks from Kao are used for printing tracking information on porous substrates. Common packaging materials like non-glossy paper, cardboard boxes, lumber and gypsum board.

Kao offers high-performance inks for TIJ, Piezo DOD, and CIJ coding systems.

  • HP
  • Funai
  • Dimatix
  • Kodak
  • Konica Minolta
  • Kyocera
  • Ricoh


Oil-based and Bio-based Mineral Oil Free Inkjet Inks for Porous Materials

Our oil-based inkjet inks are available for these Piezo systems.

  • Kyocera
  • Xaar
  • Ricoh


Bio-Based Mineral-Oil-Free

Bio-Based Mineral-Oil-Free (MOF) inkjet inks for piezo printing technology offer an eco-friendly alternative for marking and coding porous paper and secondary cardboard packaging.