Wilhelm Imaging Research Gives Ilford Galerie Inkjet Media 200+ Years Permanence Rating

Wilhelm Imaging Research Gives Ilford Galerie Inkjet Media 200+ Years Permanence Rating


Avon, CT—Ilford Imaging Switzerland, a leading developer of professional-quality media for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes, announced its line of Galerie inkjet photo media received high print permanence ratings from Wilhelm Imaging Research, a leading independent permanence testing laboratory.

The company reports results show that Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk, Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss media “achieved a very high level of overall Print Permanence and Dark Storage Stability ratings. When printed with HP Vivera pigment inks, the papers were found to withstand fading and yellowing for more than 250 years in archival album or dark storage conditions, and are stable for more than 200 years when displayed under glass.” The Smooth papers also demonstrated a “very high” resistance to high humidity.

“Photographers trust Ilford to protect their images and legacy, therefore it is absolutely imperative that we are able to demonstrate the durability of our Galerie media line,” said Tim Maher, president of Ilford America. “Our papers are able to withstand the test of time and will not fade or show signs of yellowing for more than 250 years, which allows photographers to rest easy, knowing their images will live on for generations.”

The rigorous testing procedures undertaken by Wilhelm Imaging Research examined ink fade and paper yellowing under controlled light and humidity conditions in a carefully controlled lab setting. The data is based on test samples printed with a Hewlett-Packard Designjet Z3200 printer and HP Vivera pigment inks. The Wilhelm Imaging Research report can be found at wilhelm-research.com/Ilford/Ilford.html.

“Products as permanent as these Ilford offerings require very long test times, so while these media have not yet reached the first of our endpoint criteria, the tests have been in progress long enough for us to confidently give all three papers a greater than 200 year WIR Display Permanence Rating with HP Vivera pigment inks,” said Henry Wilhelm, cofounder, president and director of research at Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. “The tests are continuing and these ratings will increase. At 250+ years, the Dark Storage (Arrhenius) stability rating as well as the 100+ year ozone resistance are also extremely good. Freedom from optical brightening agents (OBAs) affords the papers an additional permanence advantage in terms of resistance to yellowing over time; this is especially important for prints on long-term display. Overall, these Ilford papers are highly stable products.”

Ilford Galerie Professional inkjet media are designed to deliver images that mirror those of a photographic print, and they are compatible with all high-end inkjet printers. To provide the right tools for a variety of applications, Ilford Galerie is available in three versions: Gold, Smooth and Graphic. ilford.com