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    Introducing the world-leading manufacturer of water-based textile screen-printing inks.

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Our Story

For 40 years, we’ve pushed the boundaries of water-based printing inks to create innovative alternatives to plastisol. With MagnaPrint Eco-friendly water-based inks, you do not compromise on print quality. In fact we surpass plastisol in terms of stretch and hand feel.

We’ve gone further than any one else to make screen-printing a greener and more sustainable industry – in fact, we made it our mission. That’s why many printers and global brands, like Nike, Under Armour and Adidas choose to use our inks. It’s also why we were presented the Queen’s Award for Innovation.

40 years of cutting edge innovation

MagnaColours® was founded in 1978 by Jim Abbey and has been at the forefront of cutting edge innovation for 40 years.

Originally operating from a small office in Huddersfield, the company established its reputation as a supplier of speciality products and moved twice to larger premises in the 1980s, incorporating laboratory facilities and expanding its product range.

In 1994, MagnaColours® moved to their current facility in Dodworth, Barnsley adding warehousing and mixing/formulating to the company’s capabilities. Following in the footsteps of his father, Tom Abbey has driven MagnaColours® to its position as market leaders, revolutionising the textile industry with formaldehyde-free water-based inks, ultra-high opacity brilliant white pastes and superb wet-on-wet printing systems.