Specialty chemicals producer Cabot will invest $10
million to increase production capacity at its inkjet facility
in Haverhill, Mass., by the end of 2012, company officials said
The expansion, which started earlier
this year, will enable Cabot to increase the capacity of its
CAB-O-JET color pigment dispersion and
polymer product lines by 100%, the company said.
The expansion could further strengthen
Cabot's leadership position in aqueous pigment dispersions,
which are used to provide the black, cyan, yellow and magenta
colors in many of today's inkjet printers.
Over the past few years, inkjet printers have
started to penetrate the office market, competing against laser
printers by providing full color printing at low cost and
having significant environmental benefits due to lower
energy usage, the company said.
In addition, the widespread adoption of eReaders
and the resulting lower demand for traditional books has led
publishing houses to find alternatives to large print runs,
such as print on demand.
Similarly, transactional printing, such as bank
statements and bills, is using more color and is being used to
provide more personalized marketing content.
Digital printing technology, such as inkjet,
satisfies this growing need for shorter print runs and
personalization that was either cost prohibitive or not
feasible with traditional analog printing.
This expansion will support the rapid
growth in inkjet that we see in both the office and commercial
printing segments, said Fred von Gottberg, Cabots
vice president for new business.
With an increased demand for color printing,
personalized content and short runs, we believe that inkjet
printing has become the best, most cost-effective