Ghost Ink was introduced by Senken Newspaper.
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Tentac develops safe "Ghost Ink".
Anti-counterfeit measures with clothing materials.
Tentac developed "ghost ink" in collaboration with a major ink manufacturer.
Infrared absorbing ink with patented technology is normally transparent, but visible when viewed through an infrared camera, like a ghost.
When printed on laundry names and tags, they can be used to determine the authenticity of apparel and miscellaneous goods and to prevent counterfeit products.
In recent years, the level of counterfeiting has increased, and counterfeit products with high reproducibility are now available even when counterfeiters use holograms or fluorescent ink to counteract them.
In this regard, ghost ink is controlled by the destination of the shipment, making it nearly impossible for counterfeiters to obtain it.
Conventional infrared absorbing inks were unsuitable for use in apparel materials due to the safety and fastness of the ingredients contained, but the joint development overcame these issues.
By incorporating them into laundry labels and hang tags, apparel businesses will be able to easily determine authenticity without major investment.
In the process of creating a regular laundry label, a hidden mark can be added in a single point using ghost ink, and the cost is "approximately 1 yen per sheet" (Junki Hashimoto, President).
Since authenticity can be determined visually with commercially available night-vision cameras, etc., the hurdle to introduction is low.
We expect that this will expand the scope of our anti-counterfeiting measures to include mid-priced apparel, which has not yet taken the initiative to do so.
Kei Ito, Manager of Section 2, Sales Department 5, Sales Division, says, "Apparel companies have responded well to our products, and the number of business negotiations is increasing.