Digital Textile Printing: News and Developments

Excerpt: Here are the News and Developments from the world of Digital Textile Printing

Fespa 2019 Kicksoff the largest ever show

FESPA 2019 has kicked off in Munich with the promise that this year's show will be the “largest ever” in its 56-year history.

The Fespa executive board cuts the ribbon on the 2019 show

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entrance to Messe Munich on14 May, chief executive Neil Felton highlighted the 700 exhibitors, of which circa 100 were appearing for the first time, who would be showcasing the latest advances in techniques and technology for wide-format digital and screen printing. In his welcome speech, Fespa president Christian Duyckaerts told a crowd of show attendees about his excitement in his capacity as the managing director of Belgian visual communications company Retail Communications. “As a printer myself I am very excited to walk around and see all the new techniques that Fespa is showing,” he said. “We have the technology on show and also all of the ideas that can give us an impression of where we are as an industry. “It is very exciting what you can do now with digital and screen print – just think about personalisation and interior decoration, for example.” One of the 2019 show's main focuses under its 'Explosion of Possibilities' theme will be on the fashion textiles market through its Print Make Wear stand, which has been increased in size following a successful reception at the 2018 in Berlin. Fespa has also expanded its Printeriors showcase, which will provide a tactile 'lounge experience' with both interior and exterior decorations including signage, chairs, beanbags deck chairs and umbrella canopies across the entrance of the conference centre.

Kornit Digital to demonstrate its latest ground-breaking solutions at Fespa Munich

KORNIT Digital a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, has announced details of its corporate presence at Fespa 2019. Kornit's exhibit will focus on the game-changing technology that was unveiled in the beginning of the year and will now be on display for the first time in a tradeshow in Europe: the Kornit Atlas and the Kornit Avalanche Poly Pro. The presence will be complemented by a Kornit Storm HD6, a direct-to-fabric sample area featuring prints from Kornit's upcoming Presto system and an installation of Colorgate's Textile Production Server for Kornit.

The Kornit Atlas is a heavy-duty system created for super-industrial garment decoration businesses. It is designed to deliver a typical annual production capacity of up to 350,000 impressions, optimizing production efficiency and cost of ownership. The Kornit Atlas is aimed at highly productive garment decorators, mid to large size screen printers and innovative businesses looking to combine state-of-the art technology with lowest cost of ownership, making it easier than ever to address the requirements of leading and mid-sized brands, as well as new generation digital brands. The Kornit Atlas uses water-based Kornit NeoPigment Eco-Rapid Inks which are eco-friendly, GOTS approved and OEKOTX certified, and serve as the main driver of the retail quality prints.

The Kornit Avalanche Poly Pro features the company's NeoPoly Technology, the industry's first digital, industrial process for high-quality printing on polyester. Polyester is the second largest category in the overall T-shirt market, it is key in the sport segment, and is growing in the athleisure and functional apparel segments. Currently polyester is printed predominantly by analog solutions, which creates major technological, cost and sustainability challenges.

The new ground-breaking Kornit NeoPoly Technology addresses these challenges with a new process and ink set implemented in the renowned Kornit NeoPigment process. Kornit's new process handles polyester applications without compromising on design, run size, substrate or labor.

In the direct-to-fabric section of the booth, the company will show samples from the new Kornit Presto, the only industrial single-step solution for direct-to-fabric printing. The Kornit Presto solution eliminates the need for pre and post treatment of fabric and allows for high-quality printing on an extraordinarily broad variety of fabric types and applications. The Kornit Presto does not consume water in the printing process, making it the most environmentally friendly solution available for direct-to-fabric textile printing today.

Omer Kulka, Kornit's Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy, comments: “Fespa continues to be a significant platform for Kornit to promote our innovative technologies and products to the digital printing industry. The systems on display have the potential to disrupt entire market segments. Kornit is on a mission to provide garment decorators, textile producers and web-to-print players the innovation that is required in today's demanding markets.”

Kornit Digital develops, manufactures and markets industrial digital printing technologies for the garment, apparel and textile industries. Kornit delivers complete solutions, including digital printing systems, inks, consumables, software and after-sales support. Leading the digital direct-to-garment printing market with its exclusive eco-friendly NeoPigment printing process, Kornit caters directly to the changing needs of the textile printing value chain. Kornit's technology enables innovative business models based on web-to-print, on-demand and mass customization concepts. With its immense experience in the direct-to-garment market, Kornit also offers a revolutionary approach to the roll-to-roll textile printing industry: Digitally printing with a single ink set onto multiple types of fabric with no additional finishing processes. Founded in 2003, Kornit Digital is a global company, headquartered in Israel with offices in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific, and serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Furtherinformation at

Texo Trade Services premieres two textiles at Fespa

TEXO Trade Services has launched two new printable textiles at Fespa 2019. The Dutch manufacturer will be launching the PES Mesh PVC-free textile for outdoor banner and fence tarpaulin applications and the Whiteback Soft block-out textile with white backing.

The PES Mesh is a PVC-free alternative textile which can be used for fence tarpaulin applications

Both products will be available from Texo's warehouse in the Netherlands as of the show, which runs 14-17 May at Messe Munich. Texo is exhibiting on stand B20 in hall B6. Director Floris-Jan van den Heuvel said: “We have exhibited at Fespa since 2002 in Madrid and never missed out on a single show since. Every year the show has become bigger and bigger and for us. It's our most important show to meet up with our international customers and get in contact with potential new customers. “Besides our products, we offer a lot of know-how on how to print onto our substrates and you could call that our main USP. Our hopes for the latest show are to show printers in the soft-signage market that there is more to the sector than flags and displays. With the new products, we offer them options to diversify from the standard media and go into new markets, as well as offering their clients new products with more added value.” The PES Mesh is 100% polyester and can be printed using UV, direct dye-sublimation or transfer printing. It weighs 230gsm with high tensile strength and an open structure that is air permeable. It is available up to 5m wide. Building on Texo's Blackback Soft product, the Whiteback Soft is a new substrate with an extra white coating on its reverse side. Even with three-layer coating, it has a 2%-3% stretch in both directions and remains stable in a calender. It can also be printed on UV, dye-sub or transfer and is recommended for rear panels on lightboxes. Texo Trade Services will also be exhibiting its Display Stretch 240 densely-woven display cloth, as well as paper and foil substrates for screen printing, at its Fespa stand.

HP expands digital textile printing with new super wide Stitch S1000

AT FESPA 2019, HP introduced HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed for high productivity and simplified operation, unleashing new production possibilities for interior décor and soft signage.

The HP Stitch S1000 is a 3.2 meter (126-inch) dye sub printer that brings a new level of innovation to high production companies to meet deadlines more easily by enabling fast speeds, high uptime, and unattended shifts. Fully automatic maintenance ensures optimal image quality without user intervention, while saving time with easy media loading and unloading by a single operator.

The printer is making its worldwide debut the HP Stand (F30 in Hall A5) at FESPA 2019 in Munich, Germany, May 14-17. The new HP Stitch portfolio, including the 1.62 m (64 inch) HP Stitch S300 and S500 printers, removes complexity from dye sub printing. “HP's expansion into the textiles industry solidifies our commitment to making digital printing accessible to all. The new super wide HP Stitch S1000 removes major complexities from dye sub printing, with industry leading technology and high-quality prints at unrivalled speed,” says Santi Morera, Head of Graphics Solutions Business at HP. “The S1000 truly unlocks the power of color for production environments through smart technology.”

HP thermal inkjet for dye sublimation ink

The HP Stich portfolio introduces dye sublimation ink into HP's Thermal Inkjet printing technology to meet rising demand for polyester-based textiles for sportswear, fast fashion, home décor and soft signage. HP Stitch S1000 is ideal for medium and large print service providers to boost production of textile applications in the soft signage market, including backlits, frontlits, and interior décor such as curtains, upholstery, and sofas.

The HP Stitch S1000 for high-volume production offers:

  • High-productivity: Meet short deadlines and seasonal peaks of production with high productivity modes, reaching a maximum production speed up to 220 m2/h and backlit speed up to 130sqm/h.
  • Image quality: Sharp prints even on high density jobs printing direct to fabric using HP Drop&Dry print zone Dryer. Reliable image quality thanks to the Smart Nozzle Compensation System. The optical media advance sensor, the OMAS Plus, controls media advance, for both transfer paper and fabric materials, even when printing at highest speeds.
  • Superior quality printing: HP Stitch provides 1200 native dpi in thermal inkjet printheads resulting in high quality prints, including deep blacks and vivid colors.
  • High capacity: High unattended printing capability with 10 liter-capacity supplies and up to 300 kg rolls.
  • Color consistency: Distribute jobs across fleets with best-in-class color consistency from printer to printer thanks to HP Smart Color tools
  • Maximize uptime with the first user replaceable print heads and HP Smart Services Described by HP large-format production general manager Joan Pérez Pericot as a “superwide workhorse”, the S1000 can print both direct-to-textile and transfer at speeds up to 220sqm/hr. With a maximum resolution of 1,200dpi, the CMYK machine is capable of running backlits at around 130sqm/hr.

Further information from: Vanessa R. Forbes, HP

EFI acquires BDR Boya reactive inkjet ink maker

EFI has acquired BDR Boya Kimya, a Turkish manufacturer of reactive inkjet inks for industrial digital textiles printing.

(From left) BDR' s Demir and EFI's Genoni with EFI's director of business development and service Toni Tricomi and BDR's

Following the completion of the deal recently, Bursa-based BDR, which will be integrated into EFI Reggiani, will continue to develop inks, working closely with and supporting its clients while expanding and growing its capabilities. BDR's 19 employees, which include the company's co-founders Serra Saatçıoğlu Yildiz and Ibrahim Demir, are joining EFI and all will remain based at their current sites in Turkey.

While financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, they are not expected to be material to EFI's Q2 or full-year 2019 results.

EFI Reggiani vice-president and general manager Adele Genoni said that: “We are very excited. This is an important announcement in the history of textiles for us, and we are looking with a lot of enthusiasm into the next quarter and the next year. “Turkey is an important hub for textiles that is growing more and more so the fact that BDR is based there makes a lot of sense for us. We already have a legal entity in Turkey and also local people engaged to service our customers, so the geography is important but the proximity with customers is also important.” Founded in 2016, BDR has built a significant presence in Turkey and Pakistan and, increasingly, across Europe, the Middle East and India as well. “BDR has always been very focused on the growing worldwide opportunity with digital to increase sustainability in the textile industry using high-performance and quality inks,” said Saatçıoğlu Yildiz and Demir, who will become worldwide sales director for ink and director for technical ink and development respectively at EFI Reggiani. “EFI's global, best-in-class Reggiani portfolio fits exactly with our own key goals for innovation and growth. We are excited to be joining EFI to work together on advancing the industry's analogue-to-digital printing transformation.” Genoni added: “BDR's co-founders have done an amazing job in growing the business in terms of technology and knowledge of other markets. It is very respected in the textiles space. “At EFI Reggiani we have a product development roadmap for the next two to three years, for printers, chemistry and ink, and BDR will be entered into this. The drivers of this roadmap are strongly connected to eco-friendly solutions and productivity and reliability.”

Global digital inks market powered by textile printing: TMR

THE global digital inks market was valued at US$ 10.0 Bn in 2017 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 9.5% from 2018 to 2026, according to a new report published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) titled 'Digital Inks Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2018–2026.' Growth of the advertising & promotion industry is expected to augment the demand for digital inks between 2018 and 2026. Increase in textile digital printing and rapid urbanization in emerging countries are estimated to boost the global digital inks market from 2018 to 2026. Significant growth of the textile industry in developing economies and rise in use of sustainable inks are boosting the adoption of digital inks. The textile industry in Asia Pacific has expanded at a rapid pace in the last few years.

This trend is projected to continue during the forecast period. Rapid digitization and increasing changes in the fashion industry in developing countries are driving the digital inks market. Rising demand for low VOC emitting inks from various end-use industries such as packaging, textile, and others, is fueling UV-cured and water-based inks segments. This, in turn, is projected to fuel the digital inks market during the forecast period. Need for high quality, on-demand printing, and high speed printing is estimated to propel the digital inks market in the near future. The global digital inks market has been segmented based on formulation, substrate, application, and region. The water-based segment held a major share of the global market in 2017 owing to the high demand for low emission and cost effective inks from various packaging and textile manufactures. Furthermore, stringent regulations of government pertaining to protective environment regulations increases the demand of water-based inks. The UV-cured segment is expanding at a substantial pace during the forecast period, as these offer high productivity and superior printing throughput. UV-curable inks possess numerous features and functionalities which make them suitable for specialized printing needs. For instance, UV-curable inks are used to print on rigid surfaces and on polyethylene billboards. They can also be used on metals, glass, ceramics, textiles, and other substrates. Quick drying and high ink saturation features of UV-curable inks increase their requirement in niche applications. This, in turn, is driving the UV-cured segment. The advertising & promotion segment is projected to hold a major share of the global digital inks market during the forecast period. Digital inks, especially inkjet printers, have been widely used in advertising media and promotional activities applications in the last few years. Their adoption is increasing in textile application owing to their superior properties and significant qualities. Significant rise in the advertising media and textile digital print applications is projected to create opportunities for players operating in the digital inks market. Furthermore, ceramics and glass printing segments are anticipated to create lucrative opportunities for digital inks manufacturers in the next few years. The digital inks market in Asia Pacific is likely to expand at a significant pace during the forecast period. Rising consumption of UV-cured inks in developing economies such as India, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia is expected to create lucrative opportunities to digital inks manufacturers in the next few years owing to rapid urbanization, growth in population, expansion of the textile industry, and rise in the number of packaging and advertising applications. Additionally, increase in digitization in matured markets such the U.S. Canada, and Germany is projected to create lucrative opportunities in the digital inks market in the region during the forecast period.

Print Make Wear makes it debut at FESPA

PRINT Make Wear, a live Micro-factory for customised, Roll-to-roll textile production and Garment manufacturing makes its debut at the Global Expo 2019 in Munich—FESPA. Twice the size of last years exhibit, this years showcase will feature two live automated fashion workflows alongside a dedicated area for DTG and garment decoration. Taking the visitor on a journey through the manufacturing cycle of garment, whilst utilising direct digital manufacturing for both Cotton and Polyester fabrics. Driven by digital technology, software, and digital print machinery, the showcase will explain why the micro-factory offers a flexible, efficient and sustainable route that delivers viable manufacturing. In an age where customisation and personalisation are the essential mantras for the Millennial production culture. Print Make Wear, roll-to-roll, will feature the latest software products from the Adobe Creative Suite, EFI – Optitex will showcase the EFI Fiery Design Pro, alongside their pattern design, marker making and 3D Avatar software. Gemini Cad Systems will demonstrate their suite of software for Product Design and Decoration, pattern grading, nesting and marker making for customised garment manufacturing and Lazer cutting. Digital print technology and colour managements from EFI, and Mimaki utilising pigment inks and with HP showcasing dye sublimation and colour management, alongside heat setting equipment from Klieverik. Textiles supplied by Premier Digital Textiles, and sewing by Fashion Capital utilising machinery from Eastman. All brought together in a truly integrated workflow in one production space, demonstrating the speed and versatility available to businesses considering an investment into automated manufacturing. Inspired by Nature and powered by Print! The theme of this years printed collections will feature designs from the Elements Collection: Earth, Fire, Water, Wood and Air, created by Jasper Goodall. Our Retail rails will demonstrate the versatility of customised manufacture with a series of garments custom made during the event, also on display are reactive prints from House of U, printed using reactive inks on wide selection of fashion fabrics including a number of eco-friendly, sustainable textiles. The showcase has been sourced, styled and curated by Debbie McKeegan, Textile designer and Digital print expert, who will also be the events presenter and expert host. Print Make Wear, DTG and Garment decoration, will feature three workflows, Direct to Digital alongside automated and manual screen printing presses. All will utilise sustainably sourced garments in organic cotton. Digital Design from Ricoh, Pre-treatment from Schulze with drying from Stahls, Digital garment printing technology from Ricoh, Drying from Chiossi e Cavazzuti, folding and packing from Thermotron. Showcasing an automated workflow utilising Magna separations and water based special effect inks, Automatic screen press from MHM, tunnel drying from Tesoma with screen reclamation from Easiway. For manual screen printing, Grafco provide Colour separation, Film Positive printing, and water-based inks from Grafco, manual printing and drying from Vastex, to folding and drying from Thermotron. The expert host and industry expert to guide you through the DTG workflow is Angelo Barzaghi. The landscape of manufacturing has changed forever, consumers now demand incredible speed of delivery and design diversity alongside sustainable manufacturing process. How we manage our production processes must now be realigned. Utilising AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality) alongside specialist software and automated digital manufacturing equipment is now common practice, in part, if not end-to-end for many businesses. However, we must remember that we are witnessing a systemic reform of the textile manufacturing supply chain and an age of digital disruption. The products on display in Print Make Wear give an inspiring insight into the production workflow, and offer a window into customised, just-in-time manufacturing. Welcome to the era of Industry 4.0, where a new generation of technology meets the demands of a new generation of consumers by working together to deliver Millennial Manufacturing.