Modest Beginnings, Great Possibilities

In 1983, the founders of International Imaging Materials, Inc. (IIMAK) secured a technology license to produce thermal transfer ribbons exclusively in North America. This new digital technology enabled Automatic Identification and delivered breakthroughs in productivity, efficiency, and logistics for manufacturers and distributors utilizing barcoding. IIMAK quickly moved into production with the installation of its first coating and slitting equipment and the first thermal transfer ribbon was produced in Amherst, NY in 1985.


Organic Growth in a New Market

Adoption of thermal transfer technology across a variety of industries fueled the rapid growth of thermal transfer ribbon business. IIMAK expanded the US facility to 300,000 square feet and expanded research and development to invent new products to meet changing market needs. Over time, IIMAK began to create differentiation through innovative service enhancements to support OEM and reseller customers. For example, IIMAK was the first in the industry to introduce breakthroughs in same-day drop shipping with fully customizable private labeling. IIMAK also pioneered a strong online presence with a password-protected site for customers that evolved into Inside IIMAK.


Investment and Global Expansion

As the technology license came to a close, IIMAK embarked on an aggressive global expansion strategy. In South America, IIMAK acquired its key converting partners in Brazil in 2000, establishing itself as the clear market leader with locations in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Manaus. IIMAK Europe manufacturing and distribution subsidiary was opened in 2001, located near Antwerp, Belgium to serve the EMEA market. IIMAK also established a maquiladora just over the Texas border in Reynosa, Mexico offering low cost assembly services to support business in the office products channel.


Diversification & Business Extension

IIMAK embarked on broadening its penetration into the fluid inks market, capitalizing on its strengths in product development, manufacturing and distribution. From 2013 to 2015, IIMAK completed five acquisitions which added a range of fluid inks, including inkjet inks for industrial and graphics applications.

Additionally, IIMAK evolved its contract manufacturing business into iiMED Medical Manufacturing Solutions in 2013 to better serve Class I and II medical device manufacturers with cost effective manufacturing services in Reynosa, Mexico.

IIMAK remains focused and committed to the thermal transfer ribbon industry. IIMAK strengthened its market position in Mexico and Central America with the acquisition of converting partner, IDISA in late 2013.

IIMAK also demonstrated commitment to product development by introducing new products for growing applications such as flexible packaging.



A new era for a brighter future