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What chemicals are used in inks

Organic pigments, solvent dyes, and water-soluble colorants are all forms of chemical coloring substances commonly applied to a wide range of materials, such as paper, textiles, wood, hair, and even food. Inks are particular types of liquids carrying a dye or pigment and are used in a variety of applications, from manual writing utensils to modern printing processes.

Throughout numerous industries, dyes, pigments, and inks serve to mark, brighten, define, or decorate almost everything we come into contact with in today’s world. From age-old pigments used by artists to mix paints and adorn canvases to cutting-edge dyes specifically designed to mark certain human cells or prevent the counterfeiting of paper currency, chemists work with dyes to help discover everything from the authenticity of an artistic masterpiece to the interactions of designer drugs on cancer cells.

In addition, certain inks’ reactions to fluorescent light exposure and/or their properties when printed using various technologies — such as inkjet printers or industrial screen printers — serve to protect national currencies and vital articles of identification and documentation from forgery.

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Inks for Printing Processes

Chemicals for printing processes are constantly undergoing refinement. Chemists are always searching for less expensive formulas with ingredients that can better maintain their colors, which is why choosing Brenntag Colors is such a smart choice for all your ink and dye product needs. Because of our in-house laboratories and extensive experience in all forms of printing processes, our resin, solvent, pigment and dye products are extensively tested, analyzed, and certified for consistency.

In addition to our regular stock products, we offer demonstrated services to meet the new and unique requests of customers who are looking to outdo their competition — yet with a product that is still compatible with their printing systems, whether that is screen printing, digital printing, flexo printing, gravure printing, or lithography.


Chemicals used in packaging inks are in high demand for the widely varied uses. The next time you enter a supermarket or big box store, consider the important role that colors and information printed and bar-coded on packaging play in attracting, informing, and persuading potential consumers. At Brenntag, we have the technical resources, regulatory expertise, and global logistics to match the chemical and ink needs of the packaging industry. From label printing on paper, cardboard, and film to coatings on foils, lids, and adhesives, our ability to deliver quality and cost-efficient ink solutions is known throughout the world.

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The chemicals, inks, and dyes Brenntag sells help bring color to a host of applications. As we have seen through the various printing processes and packaging requirements, controlling and distributing reliable color solutions is an integral part of some the world’s most demanding supply chains. Here are just a few of the products that get their specialty pigments and colorants from Brenntag colors:

  • Agrochemicals
  • Coatings
  • Detergents
  • Foils
  • Ink
  • Lacquers
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Polymers
  • Rubber
  • Soap


As an industry leader in the distribution of pigments, dyes, and colorants, the relationships Brenntag builds are enduring. With customer satisfaction as our highest priority, our experienced technologists and account managers are always ready to offer advice and deliver customized solutions to ensure you get the chemicals you need efficiently to help you stay ahead of your competition.

If your company uses pigments, dyes, or colorants in printing, packaging, or some other application, contact us right away for high-quality and cost-effective product and delivery solutions.

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