The Uvique inkjet technology developed by Fujifilm Corporation can be used for real and synthetic leather. The company is offering a newly developed ink, which has flexibility and durability that conventional ultra-violet (UV) inks do not, and a combined inkjet head and printer system with stable ink discharge.

Uvique puts to use Fujifilm’s unique material design, formulation and imaging technologies, forming a strong but thin ink film on the substrate using newly-developed ink created with a combination of UV-curing polymers. Thanks to the ink film, which has strong adhesion and flexibility, this product has around five times the durability of conventional UV ink, and will not damage the feel of substrates like leather and synthetic leather.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd has used this technology for its seat decoration on the Vino XC50D 20th anniversary model scooter on sale this September, as it appreciated Uvique’s weather resistance and ability to stretch, as well as how it looks. Conventionally, the company created a monochrome look using coloured PVC sheets, but “diverse designs have become possible, and the product has contributed to the designability of the whole body.” (Yamaha).

As well as broadening the use of Uvique for leather and synthetic products other than motorcycle seats, including fashion items such as bags and shoes, sports products, interiors, and the inside of cars, Fujifilm will develop the area of resin moulding using decorative film.

The company’s inkjet business was developed by combining the head technology of Fujifilm Dimatix, Inc. in America, the British subsidiary company’s ink technology, and Fujifilm’s chemical synthesis technology and imaging technology, which have been enhanced over the years. The inkjet business division was newly established in January of this year, and has advanced business creation in the areas of textiles and packaging, whilst combining different functions from across the group.