Ink manufacturer INX International Ink Co., Schaumburg, Illinois, announces its plans to expand its Research & Development complex in West Chicago.
Since the West Chicago R&D complex opened in 1996, overall activity and the number of chemists working on site has increased dramatically as a result of significant business growth, says Rick Westrom, Senior Vice President of Sourcing and R&D.
“We have experienced sales growth and production in many areas, and a major reason for this expansion is our commitment to global digital efforts," he says. "A large portion is being dedicated to growing and supporting digital products across all product lines, as well as expanding our Energy Curable technologies.”
Westrom says the $7 million project construction would add 32,000 square-feet to the facility. INX currently employs 62 people in West Chicago and will be adding more chemists after the new space becomes available.
The new construction represents continuation of an aggressive, multi-year capital improvements program. INX opened a new manufacturing facility in Lebanon, Ohio in 2015, completed expansion of the metal decorating plant ln Charlotte, North Carolina in 2016, and doubled the size of an existing manufacturing plant in Edwardsville, Kansas earlier this year. Parent company Sakata INX in Japan is following a similar path, building new or expanding facilities throughout Asia.
INX International Ink Co. is the third largest producer of inks in North America with over 15 facilities in the U.S. and Canada, and is a global supplier as part of Sakata INX worldwide operations.