Colored Ink

Kao Collins believes that in order for production inkjet to grow, the inkjet industry will need to service and support more like the traditional print industry; this is exactly how Kao Collins operates – like your in-house custom ink department. Customization is what we do best! For technical issues that inevitable arise, for requests that expand the capabilities of printers, for challenging substrates, and for on the fly custom colors, we’re ready to tailor and optimize inks for your specific needs.


Kao Collins offers standard and customized color inks as water-based, solvent-based, or energy curable solutions for TIJ, DOD, and CIJ printing technologies. We can colormatch virtually any Pantone Matching System (PMS) color. When you call Kao Collins with a color-match request, we will ask you for either the PMS number or spot color, or a color swatch of the color you need matched. We will also ask you for the type of paper stock or specific substrate that you will be printing on. Ideally, we would like to create drawdowns on your specific substrate, but we realize that may not be possible, so we keep 60# offset, 70# matte and 70# gloss paper stocks in-house for your convenience. Next, you will receive (in two to three days) a set of color-swatches we call drawdowns. Since inkjet printing can look different than other forms of print, we offer you a few variations from which to choose from. We want to make sure there are absolutely no surprises for you or your customer. After you have made your decision, contact Kao Collins and we will have the ink shipped to you within two to three business days. Even though Kao Collins’ custom color matching process is a quick one, we understand that sometimes things come up and you need custom colors faster. In these instances, we can create a “match and make”, which bypasses the drawdown process altogether. Rather, we match the color and manufacture the ink to be sent out ASAP.

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