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Common Applications

Our inkjet and flexo inks are widely used for printing paper products for a wide range of industries. Choosing an ink for the best results requires matching it to the type of paper and intended product use.

Common Industries

  • Transactional variable-data-printing
  • Publishing
  • Direct mail
  • Labelling and narrow web
  • Light packaging
  • Tobacco


Inks for Printing on Paper

Kao inkjet and flexo inks frequently used for high-speed publishing and transactional document printing. Water-based and solvent-based inkjet inks are the most cost-effective solution for a range of printhead technologies and paper types for either four-colour or single-colour printing. Our eco-friendly nanodispersion water-based inks and curable inks are alternatives for more specialised printing, including food and pharmaceutical packaging.

For Coated Paper

For Uncoated Paper

Inkjet Printing Inks

  • Solvent-based
  • UV-curable
  • LED-curable
  • Low-migration UV/LED (Food grade*)
  • Nanodispersion water-based (Food grade*)
  • EB-curable (Food grade*)

Flexo Printing Inks

  • Solvent-based
  • Water-based

Inkjet Printing Inks

  • Water-based dye
  • Water-based pigment
  • Oil-based
  • Bio-ink mineral-oil-free (MOF)
  • Invisible security inks
  • Fluorescent inks

Flexo Printing Inks

  • Water-based

Request Inks for Coated and Uncoated Paper


Inks for Printing on Synthetic Paper

Many of our inks perform well on non-pulp papers used for restaurant menus, signage, food and pharmaceutical packaging and products requiring high durability. Inks are available for both inkjet printing and flexo printing systems.

  • Water-based pigment
  • Water-based dye/pigment hybrid
  • Solvent-based
  • UV-curable
  • LED-curable
  • Low-migration UV/LED (Food grade*)
  • Nanodispersion water-based (Food grade*)
  • EB-curable (Food grade*)
  • Water-based and solvent-based inks for flexo

Request Inks for Waterproof Synthetic Papers



Water-based inks

These cost-effective inks offer superior dry time and richer blacks. The water-based pigment inks have better lightfastness and high durability. Our eco-friendly nanodispersion water-based pigment ink has the added advantage of printing on non-porous materials.

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Curable inks

Our UV, LED, and EB curable inks for non-porous paperboard materials deliver vibrant colours for labels or packaging design. These rapid-curing inks are durable and resistant to chemicals and environmental exposure. The EB-curable and low migration UV/LED curable inks may be suitable for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), including foods, pharmaceuticals, and health and beauty products.

Learn more: UV-curable | LED-curable | EB-curable

Solvent-based inks

These fast-drying inks with superior adhesion print richer blacks, have high durability and are lightfast and water fast.

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Oil-based and bio-based MOF inks

Our oil-based inks and our mineral-oil-free alternative offer high absorption, fast-drying, and high-contrast text and images.

Learn more: Oil-based  | MOF


Sustainable Inkjet Inks and Flexo Inks

Kao strives for production and manufacturing methods that reduce the impact on the environment, including formulation of special inks that contribute to increased sustainability, including paper recycling.


This nanodispersion water-based inkjet ink is eco-friendly and specifically designed for printing on flexible packaging, thin films and other non-porous materials.

Bio-based Mineral-Oil-Free

This eco-friendly inkjet ink is an alternative to conventional oil-based inkjet inks. The ink offers high performance on porous substrates such as corrugated cardboard and other paperboard materials.


We offer water-based and solvent-based flexo inks that are certified for industrial composting. Both of these inks are suitable for printing on non-porous materials.

Read more about our Eco-friendly inks


Custom Ink Formulation

Please browse our selection of standard inks. If you’re unsure which ink is best for your application, you can send us a sample of your substrate. An ink technician will promptly and thoroughly evaluate your needs and make an ink recommendation to match your printhead model and substrate. If one of our standard inks doesn’t meet your needs, our experienced chemists can customise one that will meet your requirements and specifications.

Contact us about custom formulations

*Third-party lab testing should be conducted to evaluate migration.