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Writing Instruments & Printing Ink Control

Essentra is a forerunner of ink control science. Stretching back to 1960 with the invention of our first bonded fiber writing reservoir, our solutions form the backbone of cutting-edge ink delivery systems used in homes and offices across the world.

Customization is the cornerstone of performance. Our engineers work with customers for the controlled release of any kind of ink, in any application.

Our award-winning ISO 9001:2008 manufacturing facility and leading-edge R&D center combine quality, innovation, and unrivaled speed in product development. Global market leaders like Crayola and HP depend on Essentra’s writing and printing ink control expertise – so can you.


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Writing Instrument Reservoirs

More than forty years ago, Essentra’s XPE® ink reservoir redefined ink delivery dependability, offering the highest performance in extreme conditions – even high-altitude flights. Today, Essentra’s capillary transfer expertise and porous material technologies have evolved into a comprehensive line of ink reservoirs used by Crayola®, Newell Rubbermaid®, and other market leaders across the planet.

Specially formulated bonded-fiber blends and 100% fiber-to-film sealed wraps are just the beginning – nearly any aspect of our writing instrument reservoirs is fully customizable.

Materials: PET Fibers, Polyester, Polypropylene
Wraps: Extruded Polypropylene, Extruded Nylon, Extruded Polyester, Film or Non-Woven, Customer Exclusive, or Unwrapped

  • Reservoirs with indicators
  • Angle cuts
  • Custom wrappers
  • Venting grooves
  • Venting grooves with wraps
  • Cross sections
  • Materials
  • Fiber
  • Functions
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  • Controlled Release image Controlled Release

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Ink Nibs

Essentra’s polyester (PET) and porous plastic ink nibs offer ideal ink delivery to any ink-based writing instrument.

Capillary structures, porosity, and chemical compatibilities can be custom engineered for high performance. But all of our nibs offer uniform flow, consistent write-out, and lasting durability for dependable end-use.

And for enhanced ink delivery with simpler supply chains, our engineers design optimized nib and reservoir combinations – creating superior writing instruments with fewer variables and lower costs. 

A variety of shapes, dimensions, and wicking capabilities are available to match specific writing applications.

  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Coloring markers
  • Permanent markers
  • Whiteboard marker
  • Materials
  • Fiber
  • Porous Plastic
  • Functions
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  • Wicking image Wicking

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Printer Systems

Essentra’s printer system components are used by nearly every major manufacturer of desktop printers. Our 99.97% quality yield offers virtually nonexistent failure rates.

Essentra’s reservoirs and release wicks often work as a two-component system for highly efficient ink release at high resolutions. Engineered at the microscopic level for purity and regulated capillary action, our storage and release components eliminate pigment adulteration and deliver consistent and controlled retention and release of ink.

Ink overflow components add another dimension of printer cartridge efficiency – using super-absorbent wicking materials to capture ink leakage and release captured ink back into the delivery system.

Our engineers excel at improving the performance of inkjet and laser printer cartridges. For a finely tuned ink delivery system, contact us today.    

  • Materials
  • Fiber
  • Porous Plastic
  • Functions
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  • Wicking image Wicking

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Stamping Pads

Essentra’s stamping pads offer dynamic ink transfer performance at an economical price.

Our fibers and foams provide uniform ink flow for sharp details and consistent impressions with a variety of inks. We take the value further with capillary designs for resisting dry-out and extending time between re-inking.

  • Dye-based
  • Pigment
  • Permanent
  • Archival
  • Distress and embossing
  • Viscous liquids like paints and glues
  • Materials
  • Fiber
  • Functions
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  • Wicking image Wicking