Paper Mate today announced it is entering the $15 billion inkjet printer cartridge market by licensing Legacy Manufacturing, LLC (Denver headquarters) to produce a line of Paper Mate inkjet printer cartridges. Paper Mate inkjet cartridges with new AccuSharp™ ink technology begin shipping in mid-January.

Paper Mate selected the North American Inkjet Production Division of Legacy Manufacturing, LLC for the license because of its ability to design and manufacture high quality, value-oriented cartridges using AccuSharp™ inks, a series of specially formulated inks that provide vibrant print outs. The national rollout will begin January 2005 starting with a major kick-off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas, January 6 – 9.

“We know this will shake up the inkjet market,” said Rory Leyden, president of Sanford, makers of Paper Mate products. “We’re pleased that Legacy is moving forward aggressively with this launch because consumers want a reasonably priced and reliable alternative to expensive inkjet cartridges. That’s exactly what they will get from Paper Mate cartridges. Specifically, Paper Mate cartridges meet the four criteria that business and home users say they need: a brand name they can trust, excellent color quality, dependable performance and a reasonable price.”

Legacy’s president, Charles Duke, added, “People are afraid to use an inkjet cartridge that they are unfamiliar with. When you combine Paper Mate’s 50-year history in delivering ink to paper solutions and Legacy’s superior manufacturing, you have a product that customers want. The feedback from consumers has been tremendous.”

Paper Mate inkjet cartridges will be sold in consumer electronics stores, office product stores, mass merchandisers and drug and grocery stores. Paper Mate cartridges are compatible with the most popular HP, Epson and Canon printers. Suggested retail prices range from $6.50 to $30.00, depending upon the printer model. All Paper Mate inkjet printer cartridges with AccuSharp ink technology carry a one-year satisfaction guarantee.