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    B-Unlimited: Taking the plunge into water-based screen printing

    During July 2018, Magna Colours were delighted to be part of B-Unlimited’s “Origins – A Journey in Water-Based Screen Printing” academy helping printers learn more about water-based screen printing through a hands-on approach.

During July 10th – 12th, Magna Colours were delighted to be part of B-Unlimited’s “Origins – A Journey in Water-Based Screen Printing” academy. The two-day class helped screen printers learn more about water-based screen printing through a hands-on approach. The academy covered a wide range of topics, from screen making, composition and curing to the various different ink categories, including low and medium solids, discharge, high solids and special effects.

Who is B-Unlimited?

Based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, B-Unlimited creates artwork and screen-printed apparel for the custom collegiate market. Their production department started running in 2016 and they’ve since expanded into a brand new 27,000 sq./ft facility with 6 automatic presses and automated screen rooms growing to now employee over 40 people and becoming the largest capacity screen-printing facility in Arkansas.

MagnaColours® have been providing our eco-friendly MagnaPrint® water-based inks to B-Unlimited for a number of years, utilising the MagnaAcademy® and Make the Switch programme to help them transition their screen-printing production to a position where they are now using almost 100% water-based inks.

Switching to water-based

B-Unlimited share Magna’s commitment to sustainability and understand our responsibility, as manufacturers to reduce our impact on the environment by selecting the most eco-sensitive materials.  Which is why, after five years of trialling and testing different water-based inks they chose MagnaColours® inks.

Like Magna, B-Unlimited are also spreading the word about the many benefits of printing with water-based inks to the wider industry. The Origins academy was put together to share knowledge and experience with screen-printers, whether they are wanting to learn more tips for water-based printing or looking to completely make the switch from plastisol.

For the benefit of the screen-printing community

The Origins academy was a great success with fantastic feedback from those that attended. The printers benefited from both Magna & B-Unlimited’s expertise and advice throughout the event, whilst learning best practice in water-based inks, and over-coming any challenges they may experience. One attendee said:

“I love the “no secrets” vibes that the B team had throughout this program. I was able to confidently leave knowing the issues I was having with water-based inks are felt throughout the industry, and your small tips and tricks made the entire class worth it.”

MagnaPrint® water-based inks made waves at the academy creating super sharp, soft handle prints and demonstrating the high performance capabilities of water-based inks.

Further information about B-Unlimited can be found here.

For more information about our Make the Switch programme follow this link.