The SIGNTRADE GmbH was founded in March 2004 in Canton Zug in Switzerland. Signtrade distributes printers and inks to more than 50 authorized dealers worldwide. Signtrade’s know-how is based on more than ten years experience. The SIGNTRADE GmbH offers premium and trouble free solutions for digital printers. New products are tested intensively and have to fulfill highest production requirements. Therefore new printers and inks are tested constantly in Switzerland. The minimum validation time is 6 month.
Early 2003, even before SIGNTRADE was founded, a development project was started with TechINK for a new high resolution ink. As a result of the close co-operation the Platinum ink was introduced 2004 to the market, followed by solvent inks for all printers.
Today SIGNTRADE is a master distributor of NUTec Digital Ink, but also offers ink under the SIGNTRADE brand. Since 2004 digital printers are offered under the name SIGNRACER.
SIGNTRADE follows the philosophy and commitment to environmentally friendlier products and introduced several new inks to the market. At the FESPA 2008 in Geneva the new SIGNRACER 161+ was presented with the new environmentally friendly ink Oxygenium. This was the first Non-Haps ink (without hazardous air pollutants) in the digital printing market.
In 2009 SIGNTRADE started the distribution of Bio Dome, a UV curable 1 component resin for doming. It is the only 1 component material in the market and fulfills future environmental laws like REACH.
At FESPA 2010 SIGNTRADE introduced a new textile system solution. This solution consists of the new water based Signracer series, a new water based textile ink and a new transfer paper.
At FESPA 2011 SIGNTRADE presented the new inks from NUTec in South Africa. Nutec has developed new inks without Cyclohexanone. As an exhibition highlight SIGNTRADE presented the innovative NUtec Emerald E12 ink, which is a TRUeco product. TRUeco means that this ink only contains non hazardous air polluting substances (Non-HAPS). This ink has almost no smell and can be used in office environments.
At FESPA 2012 SIGNTRADE presented several new products from NUtec like the new Sapphire S20 mild solvent ink for Konica Minolta print heads (Seiko 64, HP-8000, HP-9000) in cartridges and litre bottles. For the SWF market 2 specialized mild solvent inks for DGI (T21-X3) and HP Scitex Turbojets (T55J) were developed. One of the major highlights was the presentation of the Amethyst UV-ink from NUtec. This totally new product range will set new standards in the UV ink market. The inks have a very low smell and they are very flexible. The inks are developed for high resolution print heads like Konica-Minolta, Epson, Toshiba etc.