Epson has broken the life expectancy barrier for print with a range of new, pigment-based inks, which the company claims have a light-fastness of 100 years.

The inks, called Intellidge are compatible with Epson’s newest release, the Stylus Photo 2000P, and let users print photo-quality images that will last longer than traditional photographic prints.

The company tested its new pigment-based technology under white fluorescent indoor lighting at 70,000 lux – the equivalent of the brightness of 70,000 candles. The test image was displayed in a glass frame 2mm thick with a 2mm air layer at a temperature of 24 degrees centigrade.

The features of the Epson Stylus Photo 2000P, the only printer currently compatible with ink technology, include 100 years light fastness, a no-margin printing feature, a wide (A3+) paper path, both parallel and USB interfaces as standard, with a one year callout service. The printer will be available in June and costs £680 (ex-VAT).