Diamond deal with South Americans

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Diamond Dispersions has won a two-year contract, worth more than £1.6 million, to supply key raw materials for printing inks used in ink jet and fabric printers.

The Sheffield company, which won a Queen’s Award for international trade last year, has won the contract with a leading South American producer of textile printing inks, used around the world.

It will use the raw materials, known as dispersions, in products they make specially for customers and in the textile printing machines they sell.

Darnall-based Diamond Dispersions director Peter Callahan says: “We’ve spent the last few years building relationships with companies and individuals across South America - it’s a fast growing market, there is huge interest in textile printing and Diamond is one of the leading manufacturers of high quality dispersions for textile inks.

“The South American economy is growing at pace and more and more companies are moving from screen printing to digital which is where we come in.”

Currently, the bulk of the textiles industry uses traditional printing methods and only one per cent has adopted digital techniques, but a third of Diamond Dispersions’ production goes to the textiles sector and the market is growing fast.

Diamond’s South American customer trialed a number of its dispersions earlier in the year and asked the Sheffield firm to help it go down the digital printing route during visits by Peter and fellow director Sue Wright.

Peter Callahan adds: “Our operations manager, David Tubman, has spent a couple of weeks in South American countries recently with customers to work on research and development projects and ensure our clients are getting the best performance possible.”