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General-purpose Black Inks

The Linx range of general-purpose black inks for CIJ printers offers outstanding performance under most common application conditions.

These dye-based inks are ideal for general packaging applications with excellent adhesion and contrast on a wide range of porous and non-porous materials such as paper, card, metal, glass and many plastics.

Our black inks also offer resistance to many chemicals commonly encountered in production and user environments such as water, alkali, acid and detergent.

Quality assurance

For best results always use original Linx inks and solvents in Linx printers, as substitutes can affect printer performance or cause printer failure.

Manufacturing standards

All Linx inks are manufactured to certified and verifiable ISO 9001 quality procedures, raw materials are screened and audited to comply with legislation to ensure a continuously safe & legal supply.

Black Ink 1010

Fast-drying ink with a strong black colour that does not change or deteriorate when subject to ‘retort’, cooking, sterilisation and pasteurisation procedures.

  • Base/solvent: MEK (methyl ethyl ketone)
  • Drying time: 1-2 seconds
  • Recommended Linx solvent: 1505

Ideal for the food, healthcare and medical industries where a printed code must withstand temperatures of up to 200°C.

Available on 8900 Series, 7900 Series

Plastic Adherent Ink 1014

Engineered for coding onto plastics, commonly used on PET bottles. For coding on ABS, acrylic, nylon, PET, polycarbonate, PVC & uPVC.

  • Base/solvent: MEK (methyl ethyl ketone)
  • Drying time:1-2 seconds
  • Recommended Linx solvent: 1505

Suitable for Any application using plastic, e.g. cabling, plastic extrusions, flow wrap, plastic films, caps, closures, blister packs and bottles.

Available on 8900 Series7900 Series

Fast-drying Ink 1240

Our most cost-effective, all round performing ink. It offers outstanding adhesion on most materials, high colour intensity and light-fastness.

  • Base/solvent: MEK (methyl ethyl ketone)
  • Drying time: 1-2 seconds
  • Recommended Linx solvent: 1512

Suitable for a wide range of general packaging and industrial applications.


Available on 
8900 Series, 7900 Series

Ultra Fast-drying Ink 1405

With a drying time of under a second, this ink is ideal for flow wrap, bottling and high-speed packaging lines.

  • Base/solvent: Acetone
  • Drying time: 0.5-1 second
  • Recommended Linx solvent: 1705

Suitable for all applications where very rapid drying and good print quality are required.


Available on 
8900 Series, 7900 Series

Ethanol Ink 2030

Linx ethanol based inks are low in odour plus MEK and ketone-free.

  • Base/solvent: Ethanol
  • Drying time: 3.5 seconds
  • Recommended Linx solvent: 2500

Suitable for food and pharmaceutical industries, including clean room and other ‘closed’ environments where solvent fumes cannot vent freely.

Available on 8900 Series, 7900 Series

Ethanol Ink 2035

Low in odour and MEK and ketone-free.

  • Base/solvent: Ethanol
  • Drying time: 3.5 seconds
  • Recommended Linx solvent: 2500

Suitable for food and pharmaceutical industries, including clean room and other ‘closed’ environments where solvent fumes cannot vent freely 


Available on 
8900 Series, 7900 Series

Mixed Base Ink 3103

​Fast-drying ink that does not contain MEK. Has a low odour and ahderes to a wide range of substrates.

  • Base/solvent: Ethanol / Acetone
  • Drying time: 1-3 seconds
  • Recommended Linx solvent: 3501

Suitable for general packaging where a low-odour, non-MEK ink is required. Food and pharmaceutical industries, including clean room and other ‘closed’ environments where solvent fumes cannot vent freely.

Available on 8900 Series, 7900 Series

Mixed Base Ink 3240

MEK-free ink with excellent performance on a wide range of substrates including plastics and glass.

  • Base/solvent: DEK (Diethyl ketone) / Acetone
  • Drying time: 2-4 seconds
  • Recommended Linx solvent: 3710

Suitable for all straightforward applications where rapid drying and good print quality are required, for example, general external packaging.

Available on 8900 Series, 7900 Series

Mixed Base Ink 3401

Fast-drying, MEK and Acetone-free ink. Suitable for ketone-free sites and INCB regulated countries.

  • Base/solvent: Methyl acetate / Ethanol
  • Drying time: 1-3 seconds
  • Recommended Linx solvent: 3905

Adheres well to a wide range of substrates including aluminium foil.

Available on 8900 Series, 7900 Series

Ink handling guidelines

Linx takes great care to ensure that none of their CIJ inks and solvents are classified as ‘Toxic to Health’ or ‘Environmentally Damaging’.

Details of safety precautions for handling these fluids can be found on the relevant Safety Data Sheet.

Download our datasheet for ordering options.

Need help to select the right Linx products for your coding requirements?

Contact our expert team for advice or to confirm which combination of ink and coder is best for your needs.

Get in touch to discuss how Linx can support your coding and marking needs