According to The Centers for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of injury among adults aged 65 and older in the United States, resulting in approximately 14 million incidents annually. And The World Health Organization concluded that 37.3 million falls were severe enough to require medical attention, making falls the second leading cause of unintentional deaths worldwide. Falls often lead to hospitalization, a shorter life span and loss of independence. They also impose significant financial burdens, costing the U.S. health care system $50 billion annually. The overwhelming impact of falls has led to global campaigns to prevent injuries in aging adults and raise awareness to reduce incidents.

Further, addressing fall prevention has become increasingly important due to the significant demographic shift in global aging populations. The United Nations forecasts that the number of people aged 65 or older worldwide will increase by 1.6 billion by 2050. Urban planners, builders and architects must also recognize the importance of “aging in place,” older adults’ preference to live independently in their homes or communities rather than relocating. Making accessibility part of building planning and design can support independent lives for older adults while tapping into a thriving consumer market.

In response to the demand for more accessible solutions, we developed a slip-resistant digital ink, a part of our SpectrumHD series, to enhance safety on interior and exterior glass surfaces. This ink increases friction on glass, making it less slippery, while its engineered formulation provides an even, durable coating that reduces slip hazards.

Our slip-resistant ink can be applied to many glass surfaces, including:

  • Bathroom floors and shower doors: Reduces risk by creating a nonabrasive, nonslip surface
  • Stairs and glass walkways: Provides a safe solution without sacrificing style
  • Glass roofs and canopies: Ensures roofs and canopies are nonslip surfaces (even while wet) and remain durable with environmental weathering
  • Pools and pool decks: Are ideal for areas susceptible to wet conditions and highly resistant to chemicals and saltwater damage

Our slip-resistant digital ceramic ink has essential features that include:

  • High chemical durability for exterior applications
  • Ultraviolet stability
  • REACH compliance  
  • Being a lead- and cadmium-free solution
  • Suitability for standard tempering processes
  • Extended nine-month shelf life
  • Variable gloss and optical density depending on ink wet layer thickness
  • Formulation for air and infrared drying
  • Compatibility with leading industry inkjet print heads

The integration of slip-resistant digital ink reflects a commitment to inclusive design principles that increase the useability of spaces where individuals can confidently navigate their surroundings. Our inks provide a versatile way to create safer environments without compromising design and ensure homes, public spaces and workplaces enhance the quality of life for those who habit them.

Contact us to discover more about our slip-resistant ink and our expanded portfolio of SpectrumHD digital inks. Speak to our experts to learn how you can integrate industry-leading inks into your glass applications and elevate your digital ceramic printing process.

Pierre Plazonnet

Pierre Plazonnet

Plazonnet is the digital technology manager for Performance Coatings at Vibrantz, bringing over 16 years of experience from his previous role in the tile division at Ferro. At Ferro, he was instrumental in the global expansion of digital tile printing. Now at Vibrantz, Plazonnet continues to broaden his expertise, applying his knowledge of digital applications across various industry substrates. He holds a bachelor’s degree in materials and surface engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs in Limoges, France.