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Supporting Common Automotive Applications

Kao Collins industrial inkjet inks help automotive brands deliver optimal performance to meet global requirements and protect brand equity. Primary automotive suppliers and after-market manufacturers rely on the versatility provided by industrial inkjet printers combined with our inks.

Printing on Automotive Parts
Brake pads Knobs
Dashboards Displays
Lamps Hoses
Radiators Tires
Wraps Sensors
Seats Labels


Printing on Automotive Substrates
Glass Rubber
Plastic Metals
Ceramics Textile
Leather Vinyl


With countless substrates and surface shapes to consider, Kao Collins can work with you to review, recommend, and formulate the best ink solution(s) for your automotive printing application or the coding and marking equipment you’re using.

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Inks for Non-Porous Automotive Surfaces

Kao Collins formulates abrasion-resistant, fade-resistant inks for decorative applications, as well as marking and coding used often for printing metal, plastic, or glass.

  • Solvent-based thermal inkjet inks – Ideal for printing coding and tracking information, these inks have high durability for harsh automotive conditions.
    • SIGMA Solvent Inks for HP – This fast-drying, heatless ink for HP technology has an industry-leading 12-hour decap time for maximum productivity.
    • NEXXO solvent inks for FUNAI – Combined with the innovative cartridges, our inks produce legible lot codes and 2D codes on curved or recessed surfaces.
  • LUNAJET – Our patented water-based ink prints vibrant colors on non-porous materials that include plastics, metal, textiles, and leather. The eco-friendly ink remains flexible without cracking and peeling.

ULTRA UV-Curable Ink – Offers instant curing, high print quality, adhesion, scratch resistance, and no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These inks can be printed on a wide range of automotive substrates.

TESLA LED-Curable Ink – Produces high-quality results without the risk of damaging substrates from heat-producing mercury lamps. Our LED inks incorporate the highest quality photoinitiators and monomers to deliver superior durability. They are formulated as a low-energy, low-heat, and eco-friendly ink option suitable for printing on various automotive materials and substrates.

FLEXAR UV/LED Curable Ink – Designed for printing on thermoformed products, this durable ink produces vibrant colors on common plastic substrates for providers of primary and aftermarket automotive parts.

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Inks for Porous Automotive Surfaces and Packaging

Kao Collins also manufactures high-quality Industrial inkjet inks suitable for porous substrates such as cardboard and paper. The best choice of inkjet ink for your application depends on automotive material(s) and your requirements for ink performance.

Water-based Inks – With water-based dye and pigment options, these inks produce optimal results on a range of uncoated and lightly-coated substrates.

Water-based Security Inks – Invisible and fluorescent ink options support security in the supply chain and defense against counterfeiting.

MOF Inks – Our bio-based mineral-oil-free inks offer a sustainable alternative for printing on porous paper and cardboard substrates used in secondary packaging of automotive products. These eco-conscious inks also support European automotive brands by complying with European requirements linked with increasingly stringent environmental regulations.

Oil-based Inks – For secondary automotive packaging applications, our low-maintenance oil-based inks offer flexibility and consistency on porous substrates such as corrugated boxes.

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Kao Collins formulates inks for Thermal, Piezo, and Continuous Inkjet systems. We can help you choose the best industrial inkjet ink for your automotive application and arrange testing of various ink solutions for printing on your substrate.

*Choosing the best ink for various substrates and applications may require testing directly on the material.

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