Mount Pleasant, South Carolina-based Sawgrass Technologies, developers of sublimation inks and color management software, announces the extension of its five-year OEM partnership with Tokyo-based Ricoh, a manufacturer of commercial inkjet printheads, large format printers and office imaging equipment.
Sawgrass continues to be the only partner for Ricoh in the desktop sublimation market. Under the extension, Sawgrass and Ricoh will continue to work together to develop the next generation of desktop sublimation printers.
“While Sawgrass has been the pioneer with digital dye-sublimation products for over 30 years, we brought an unprecedented level of quality and consistency to dye-sublimation customers five years ago with our Ricoh relationship,” says Darcy Mauro, Sawgrass president. “By matching the industry’s highest quality inks with superior Ricoh print head technology, Sawgrass has been able to supply the widest color gamut in the industry while delivering the best substrate performance possible, all within the limits of dye-sublimation.”
Adds Tetsuya Morita, general manager of Ricoh’s industrial printing business group, “As a leader in inkjet technology, Ricoh is very pleased to work with Sawgrass to engineer the first desktop dye-sub printers. We supply the authorized printer cartridges exclusively to Sawgrass, which are optimized for the best printer performance possible. We look forward to continuing working with Sawgrass for many more years to come.”