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New Ultra-HD FLEX Ink from Sawgrass Named SGIA 2018 Product of the Year


CHARLESTON, SC – Sept. 17, 2018 – Sawgrass ink innovation is recognized once again by Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), which awarded the company the 2018 Product of the Year award for Digital Inks – Textile in the under 24-inch width category. Sawgrass won the award with the new Ultra-HD FLEX eight-color sublimation ink set for the Virtuoso HD Product Decorating System featuring VJ 628 printers. The ink set will debut at SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, Oct. 18 to 20, at Booth 3739.
“Ultra-HD FLEX is a new sublimation ink that eliminates the long-standing trade-off between the need for vivid color and tremendous detail – now customers can have both!” said Darcy Mauro, President of Sawgrass. “This unique eight-color ink offers true fluorescents, 64 spot colors and the deepest, most neutral blacks of any Sawgrass ink. Our new ink also gives product decorators the ability to print photo-realistic images and eight-point text – all without having to use multiple ink sets. It’s the perfect balance of quality and versatility, enabling more streamlined and efficient production.” 
Sawgrass developed Ultra-HD FLEX in response to the needs of creative entrepreneurs who are looking for the ultimate flexibility in an eight-color ink set. It brings together the versatility of having CMYK, plus light cyan and light magenta inks in one set, then adds true fluorescent yellow and pink capabilities that can easily blend to create a pre-programmed palette of 64 spot colors when used with Virtuoso Print Manager. 
Ultra-HD FLEX then sets the bar even higher by offering superior sharpness on text reproduction down to eight points in size. It can also produce even deeper and more neutral blacks, as well as photo-realistic images comparable to SubliJet-HD Pro Photo inks.
Sawgrass’ TruePix Classic sublimation transfer paper was also named 2018 Product of the Year in the Media - Dye Sublimation transfer paper category. These two honors come on top of Sawgrass’ 2017 Product of the Year win for its SubliJet-HD FLEX ink set, and three awards in 2015 for the SubliJet-HD’s CMYK and Pro Photo digital ink sets and the VJ 628 printer in the Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Metal category.
As with all ink sets for the Virtuoso HD Product Decorating System with the VJ 628 printer, Ultra-HD FLEX meets all G7 international standards for matching color and producing consistent print quality on various media. Sawgrass is one of the only sublimation companies in the world have attained G7 Master Qualification and has been re-certified for the third consecutive year. For customers, this means those who utilize Sawgrass color profiles for the VJ 628 printer can count on color consistency from proof to print, as well as repeatable vivid colors across substrates. 
For more information, contact Robin Kavanagh at rkavanagh@sawgrassink.com or visit SawgrassInk.com.

About Sawgrass  
Sawgrass is the global leader in delivering dye sublimation and digital printing solutions that make personalization possible and empower creative entrepreneurs to get customized products to market in record time. Sawgrass’ fully integrated printer, ink, software and support solutions are ideal for decorating ceramic, metal, fabric, wood and plastic with durable, vibrant, high-definition images. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, Sawgrass provides products, service and support through its Global Dealer Network throughout 100 countries. For more information, visit SawgrassInk.com.