Disposable ink liner manufacturer DIP Co will mark its 35th anniversary on March 10, 2019.
Founded in 1984 by Jennings Thompson, DIP Co started as a division of Myers Printing Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The division’s purpose was to create a cost-effective means to eliminate the need for washing metal ink pans on flexo press equipment. Within six years of its formation, the division was purchased by Thompson and renamed.
DIP Co built upon its early in-house success with the creation of the world’s first disposable ink fountain for the Webtron 650. This opened the door to a line of products for press models from most of the major press manufacturers of the time.
In 1990, seeking opportunities for improvement, DIP Co centered its efforts on providing an environmentally-friendly option to plastic. The answer came in the form of USDA recycled milk carton paperboard stock. The dawn of quick-change ink pan liner systems arrived with the introduction of the Allied Gear 1B-10 disposable ink liner.
Today, DIP Co continues Thompson’s vision of pressroom effectiveness with an array of systems and tools designed to minimize downtime and allow for more efficient press runs all with less demand on natural resources. Now, DIP Co offers over 1000 SKUs of fully recyclable quick-change liners and drip trays.
Mark Thompson, the current owner at DIP Co, commented: ‘DIP Co is a very unique company in this modern era that we live in. It has been able to change through the years but still holds value in many of the things it started with 35 years ago. Our success is a result of a team of exceptionally gifted employees that truly value our customers and their peers on a daily basis. This is something that is unique in today’s business climate and what I personally am most proud of.’