Small Company, Global Reach

GWI is the top independently-owned ink manufacturer on the West Coast. But we are so much more.

Over 90 years in the business has resulted in partnerships with the biggest names in ink and printing. We’re a small company with massive resources–and we’re ready to bring them to bear on your project’s and company’s success.

Ink Partners  

GWI is Sun Chemical’s partner for the independent printing market on the West Coast. We have full access to Sun’s R&D and Applications Labs across their entire spectrum of products. We can help you choose and deploy the Sun products best suited to improve your performance.
Around the world and here at home, K+E® sheet-fed inks by Flint Group are known for their quality, performance and consistency… all now easily within your reach, exclusively through Great Western Ink.

Print Adhesive/Coating

GWI is NiCoat’s West Coast partner of choice. NiCoat® is one of the largest and is the fastest-growing coatings and adhesives companies in the Americas. They offer a full array of coatings from Aqueous to UV to LED/HUV.

Printing Plates

GWI is one of only 8 Gold Partners in North America for Kodak. Each GWI team member has been through technical training at Kodak’s primary training facility. If you haven’t heard about Kodak’s new Sonora X Process Free Plates®, just follow the link to read more about their full portfolio of plates, CTP equipment, and workflow.

Color Management and Process Control Services


Alder Technology is GWI’s services and training partner for quality print industry solutions. They help any business that provides digital imaging, graphic layout, reproduction, print, and press services. Alder specializes in color and how each component of workflow affects color output. They also specialize in pre-press, and specialty printing workflows, ICC based color management, ICC profiles, RIP training, G7® calibration and training.

Visit Alder’s online store to purchase Epson wide-format inkjet and solvent supplies including printers, paper and media, ink, RIPs, Software, Spectrophotometers, Monitors, and Computers. They have all the tools and expertise to get your shop up and running with a streamlined workflow and excellent color output.

Print Calibration and Process Control Software

SpotOn Press!™ is a software suite of print calibration and process control software tools. Printers and consultants use SpotOn! to calibrate presses using the G7 method. Grand format printers, prepress shops, ad agencies, designers, and photographers all use SpotOn! tools to verify prints are within tolerance to specification.

Commercial and Digital Print Product Portfolios

The #1 Network™ provides a “best of both worlds” solution to the end-user print customer: local service combined with national purchasing power. This member-owned company has full-time staff dedicated to searching, reviewing, and negotiating the best possible solutions for our partners. This includes a wide range of conventional and digital printing products. Industries served include offset, Flexo, wide format inkjet and industrial marking and material processing.
(PSG)™ is THE group for independent ink companies improving their ability to compete in a market dominated by large global manufacturers. PSG globally sources the best inks and ancillary products available. This allows members to provide cost-effective, state-of-the-art products at the high level of local service and expertise that our members’ customers have come to expect.

Graphic Arts and Imaging Supplies, Accessories, and Equipment

Since 1963, Lithco has been supporting dealers around the world, as both a manufacturer and master distributor, offering a broad range of graphic arts and imaging supplies, accessories, and equipment. Lithco products are available from graphic arts supply dealers worldwide.