Gum Arabic

Gum Arabic is a natural plant-derived gum obtained from the sap of Acacia trees. In the printing industry, Gum Arabic is commonly used as a key ingredient in fountain solutions, acting as a stabilizer, emulsifier, and thickening agent.


Acacia Gum


  1. Fountain Solutions: Gum Arabic is added to fountain solutions in offset printing to stabilize ink emulsions, improve ink flow and transfer, and prevent plate clogging during printing.
  2. Ink Formulation: In ink formulation, Gum Arabic serves as a binder and adhesive agent, ensuring proper adhesion of ink to printing substrates and enhancing print quality.
  3. Coating Applications: Gum Arabic is used in coating applications, such as varnishes and protective coatings, to provide gloss, smoothness, and protection to printed materials.


  • Quality Gum Arabic: Use high-quality Gum Arabic sourced from reputable suppliers to ensure consistency, reliability, and effectiveness in fountain solutions and ink formulations.
  • Dosage Control: Follow recommended dosage guidelines when incorporating Gum Arabic into fountain solutions and ink formulations to achieve optimal stabilization and print performance.
  • Compatibility Testing: Conduct compatibility tests to ensure that Gum Arabic blends well with other fountain solution components and ink additives, avoiding issues like plate sensitivity or ink drying problems.
  • Storage Conditions: Store Gum Arabic in a cool, dry place to maintain its stability and prevent degradation, ensuring consistent performance in printing applications.
  • Supplier Collaboration: Collaborate with Gum Arabic suppliers or industry experts for technical support, formulation advice, and troubleshooting assistance to optimize its use in print-related processes.

To learn more about gum Arabic or other ink and solutions used in print, contact American Print and Bindery!