ZINK Zero Ink Instant Printing Technology to Power New Brother VC-500W Compact Color Printer

Compact, lightweight wireless printer makes it quick and easy to create high-quality, full-color branded labels, photos and stickers without ink, toner cartridges or ribbons; Collaboration reflects ZINK’s continued worldwide growth, versatility and potential to capture B2B marketshare

Today from booth #16744 at the 2019 Consumer Electronics (CES) Show, ZINK Holdings, the pioneer of ZINK Zero Ink® printing technology, announced that Brother International Corporation VC-500W compact color printers, which use ZINK’s patented inkless printing technology and paper, will be available for purchase in the United States at all major online retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot and Staples starting February 1, 2019.

The Brother VC-500W is an easy and fun-to-use compact, versatile label and photo printer that allows you to print directly from smartphones and tablets, in full vivid color. Consumers are drawn to devices like the Brother VC-500W for quality and convenience. With ZINK Zero Ink® technology the Brother VC-500W doesn’t require ink and allows the device to maintain its compact size; and printed labels don’t need to dry before handling.

For businesses, the printer provides the agility to adapt and capitalize on the spike in flexible packaging. With the Brother VC-500W with ZINK Zero Ink® Technology, users can quickly and easily print amazing full-color labels tailored for specific branding, photos, stickers and more, up to 17” long in a single pass without the need for ink cartridges, ribbons or toners. ZINK Paper comes in 5 widths and can be printed up to 17-inch lengths.

All colors required for high-quality photo printing are embedded in the ZINK® paper which is water, tear and smudge resistant and has an adhesive backing that adheres to most surfaces – perfect for creating stickers. The absence of bulky ink cartridges and ribbons align ZINK Paper with the needs of on-the-go smartphone photographers who want sleek, compact devices; all the color required for printing an image or text is embedded in the paper itself.

“Today’s world is inherently mobile, and both business and consumer users want portable technology that lets them capture and share their memories in a simplistic yet high-quality manner,” said Brother Senior Manager of Product Marketing, Bob Brady. “This ZINK-powered addition to Brother’s portfolio is a direct response to our customers’ need for a small, lightweight compact color printer that works in both business and personal scenarios.”

Over the past 12 months, not only has ZINK’s global market share grown significantly, but also the use-cases for its technology. Brother joins Canon, HP, Polaroid, Kodak, and Lifeprint as anchor consumer brands that leverage ZINK technology in their devices, several of which will be on display at ZINK’s booth at CES.

“Industry innovators like Brother understand their customers want convenient yet high-quality products and the VC-500W is exactly that,” said J.C. Van Dijk, president, ZINK Holdings.

ZINK CEO, Chaim Pikarski added, “We’ve seen the phenomenal impact of tweens and millennials who rely on image-based social media platforms on demand for instant print images, which grows exponentially every day.

“However, it is also important to note how businesses now comprehend and are embracing the utility of instant label printing for an evolving market, which now extends well beyond the selfie generation.” 


ZINK Holdings LLC (ZINK) is a privately-held company headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts that invented ZINK Zero Ink® Technology. ZINK® is a full-color printing system that eliminates the need for ink cartridges or ribbons — all the color required for printing an image is embedded in the paper itself. The ink-free value proposition enables ZINK to provide full-color printing where other technologies have been unable to meet customer requirements. For more information, visit www.ZINK.com.


Brother is a leading provider of office equipment technology and document management solutions, including award-winning color and black and white multifunctional printers, scanners, label printers and device-based cloud and mobile technologies. The Brother P-touch line of label and ribbon printers features laminated and specialty tapes along with printable ribbons. Brother printers are consistently recognized as the best in the industry and recently received PCMag’s 2018 Readers’ Choice and Business Choice awards. Brother International Corporation’s At Your Side philosophy demonstrates a dedication to product quality, customer service and dynamic partnerships. Established in 1954 and headquartered in Bridgewater, N.J., Brother markets business, home office and industrial products, along with home appliances. For more information, visit www.brother-usa.com.


DevPro Journal Staff