Venue: MiCo, Milan
Date: 16 November 2016
To explore and investigate the opportunities for digital textile printing beyond apparel and conventional home textiles, Inkjet Alliance in partnership FM Brooks is organizing a conference titled, Industrial Digital Textile Printing – Beyond Apparel and Home Textile at InPrint 2016 in Milan on 16th November.
Inside 3D Printing Mumbai 2016
Venue: Nehru Centre, Mumbai
Date: 1-2 December 2016
The Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo has quickly grown to become the largest professional 3D printing event in India.
Inkjet India 2016 - Digital Textile Printing
Venue: Courtyard Marriott, Mumbai
Date: 7 December 2016
In-line with our commitment towards the digital textile printing industry we will shortly announce the 6th edition of their largely successful conference focusing specifically on digital printing of textiles for apparel & home textile - 'Inkjet India 2016’
Venue: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai
Date: 3 - 8 December 2016
India ITME-2016 presents the largest opportunity & platform for the manufacturers and businessmen from textile industry to be right at the centre of world’s 2nd largest market.
“It is the goal of IJA to undertake primary research and create events and networking opportunities which, over time, will significantly aid the development and growth of ink jet printing into new industrial applications, both within Asia and worldwide,” advises Stewart Partridge. “Our landmark event for the ink jet industry this year will be launched under the umbrella IJA Inkjet Summit Asia 2016, held in Shanghai from 24-27 October 2016. The dates have been carefully selected to allow seminar attendees to also visit major tradeshows such as ITMA Asia / CITME, ICE Asia and the All In Print China exhibitions, where many new innovations from the inkjet industry will be unveiled.”
This new IJA Summit comprises a two-day conference on Industrial Inkjet Printing, a single day Digital Textile Forum, a one-day event Digital Printing for Packaging & Labelling, plus an inkjet technical training course. The event programme also includes a half-day industrial print briefing focusing on key market trends, under the title InPrint Asia Industrial Print Seminar, organised by FM Brooks as an introduction to their future plans in China and Asia. All seminars and training courses will be presented in English or Chinese, with simultaneous translation into the other language. Co-founder of InPrint Frazer Chesterman confirms the collaboration “We are really pleased to be able to work with Stewart and Aditya from IJA on this project and we feel confident that our combined knowledge will help to deliver a superb combined event for China”.
IJA co-director Aditya Chandavarkar reports “This Summit is just one of several IJA events scheduled. We are also organising an Industrial Digital Textile Printing Conference alongside InPrint 2016 in Milano, and presenting ourselves at several conferences and events worldwide throughout the year, including TPF in Shanghai later this month”.
Ink Jet Alliance (IJA) provides consultancy services, market research, M&A services including acquisition strategy, due diligence, integration support - and organises seminars and events - focused on the fast growing range of industrial applications for digital printing. The company brings on board a wealth of experience and comprehensive understanding of the emerging industrial applications of inkjet. The founding directors are Stewart Partridge (originally the MD of digital printing consultancy – Web Consulting from 1993 – 2005) and Aditya Chandavarkar (Founder of Inkjet Forum India), supported by consulting partner Peter Barton in UK.
IJA also plans, alongside key strategic partners, to launch a range of services to help Chinese and Indian companies successfully target, analyse and acquire foreign businesses to expand their global market reach, and similarly help Western and Japanese companies to make acquisitions or establish successful joint ventures within China and India. More details will be provided with the launch of its web new site at end-April.
The agreement between the printer manufacturer MTEX and the textile software developer company Inèdit Software will be made official in Fespa. The Blue K printer will be running and controlled by neoStampa RIP, of Inèdit Software, in the MTEX stand. During the exhibition, in Hall 1 F20, visitors will be able to see the printer at full capacity, printing with pigments on a cotton media. Assistants will also be able to ask for demos of the RIP neoStampa, which is leader in color management for textile digital printing.
The long experience and specialization in the textile market of Inèdit, together with the multiple options of neoStampa and the good results rendered, have been key for MTEX to choose this RIP for its model Blue K. The collaboration In Fespa Amsterdam between the two companies will become a reality with this joint action.
Following three successful show and conference days, the second InPrint event closed its doors on Thursday, 12 November 2015. A total of 3,400 visitors from 68 countries came to the Munich Trade Fair Centre to learn about cutting-edge technology, components and services for speciality, screen, digital, inkjet and 3D. Three fields of application; functional, decorative and packaging printing were at the centre of interest throughout the show.
In line with the exhibition’s target, the programme of over 60 conference sessions, that took place on two stages directly on the show floor, also gathered crowds of visitors.
The Italian company Kuei won the Great Innovations Award 2015 for their invention “Haptink”, which is a specially formulated haptic ink that creates a 3D printed effect for wood decoration.
In addition to 3,400 InPrint visitors, a further 1,324 visitors of the co-located productronica show made use of the offer to visit both shows with one combined ticket. During InPrint 2015, 150 companies from 16 countries showcased their products and services on 5,500 net square metres in hall A6. Compared to the InPrint premiere show in 2014, the number of exhibitors and visitors, as well as the total net exhibition space have grown by one third.
The conference offered a varied programme that was structured in line with the three focal points of the show. The sessions comprised speeches giving an overview on industry developments and panel discussions as well as precise investigations of certain topics and Tech Talks.
Frazer Chesterman, InPrint founder and co-organiser summed up: “What we have seen from the 2014 show to 2015 is a rapid development and evolution of the market. Larger exhibition stands, refined messaging, more machines, different inks & coatings and amazing technological innovation across a diverse range of applications. Clearly, the InPrint show continues to reflect this market evolution. When I spoke to exhibitors, I heard the same comments over and over again, that this event delivers a unique audience of visitors looking for customised system and technology solutions from both manufacturing and print sectors.”
Gary Barnes, Marketing Manager for Industrial Inkjet at Fujifilm was very pleased with the outcome of the talks he and his colleagues had on-site: “We have seen a significant increase in lead numbers since the previous show. A diverse range of companies and a large variety of industry sectors have come through, and the quality of the visitors at our stand was high. At InPrint, we see potential customers that we see nowhere else. For us it is the only show where we put thetotal capability of Fuji’s inkjet range on display together, and all our three sectors have been doing well. We’ve already signed up for the next year, so see you in Milan.”
Roberto Zinser, Channel Manager Wide Format Direct Sales at Canon Germany had also perceived a strong progress: “At InPrint 2015 in Munich, we noticed a considerable increase in the number of high-level talks and new business contacts compared to the year before. It is fantastic to see how digital in packaging, decorative and functional printing is really picking up speed. The InPrint show has become a valuable platform with respect to an exchange of experiences and know-how between visitors and exhibitors. This show allows us not only to communicate our practical experiences and application results, but also to get new inspiration and ideas from visitors at the same time. We will certainly miss InPrint round here next year, but are happy for our Italian colleagues and clients and are looking forward to welcoming InPrint back to Germany in 2017.”
Friedrich Goldner, Director New Business Development at Marabu added: “At InPrint 2015, we saw a continuation at a higher level of InPrint 2014, which showed diversified leads coming across many industries. This is what makes InPrint so special. The people visiting us came with specific production challenges and improvements in mind. And there were all kinds of directions – there were people from the screen world who had not thought of using digital in combination. And there were people from the screen side who didn’t know that there is a UV ink that would give them performance advantages. We also had a good number of leads for glass for interior and for packaging as well as many requests for industrial inkjet applications. The show was of a higher quality and more complete with new people looking at new industrial solutions from the manufacturing world, suggesting to us at Marabu that the target of the show was being achieved.”
International community: Decision makers from the manufacturing and printing industries
Fifty-six per cent of the visitors came from within Germany. At the same time, the majority of the companies who exhibited at the show, 54%, are located abroad. Individually, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Switzerland were represented best among the exhibiting countries at the show. Looking at the nationalities of the visitors, Germany, Italy, Austria, Great Britain, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Poland, the USA and Japan are leading the list of 65 countries.
Once more, there were a considerable proportion of decision makers among the visitors who came from various manufacturing industries, from the industrial printing sector and from traditional printing companies. The majority came from Executive Management or from Research & Development. Other job functions were Sales/Marketing/Public Relations; Operations; Purchasing/Procurement/Contract Buyers as well as Education & Training. Of those visitors working in manufacturing industries, most came from mechanical engineering, followed by plastics, electronics, automotive as well as additive manufacturing and 3D. The visitors from the printing sector work mainly in the segments digital print, inkjet and screen.
Sixty-five per cent of the visitors named functional print as their main area of interest at InPrint. More than half of all visitors were additionally interested in decorative printing and more than one third in packaging printing as well as in additive manufacturing and 3D. Taking a closer look, most visitors chose to visit InPrint in order to find out about printing machines and systems. Other main areas of interest were ink, fluids and chemicals, materials and substrates, print heads, screens and other special parts as well as integrated and customised parts.
Marcus Timson, InPrint co-founder and organiser continued: “InPrint is now firmly established as a show that is playing a role in assisting the development of industrial printing. Exhibitors reported visitors of a very high calibre, the show networking areas were full and the two conference theatres well attended suggesting that advanced technical knowledge exchange is essential. Functional printing was of the highest interest for visitors, and as we shift our attention towards Milan, we expect to see an increase in interest for decorative printing. For InPrint 2015, the international attendance continued to grow and we expect this to continue into the future as InPrint becomes a truly European event.”
InPrint Milan in 2016, next show in Germany to follow in 2017
Next year – from 15 to 17 November 2016 – the InPrint show will take place in Milan, Italy – at the MiCo (Milano Congressi), located closely to Milan city centre. The choice of location came in direct response to demand from the market for a dedicated forum for industrial print technology in Italy. Lombardy itself is a major centre for innovation in industrial technology, chemistry and manufacturing and the Milan region has a distinguished reputation for leadership in design and engineering.
InPrint 2017 will make a return to Germany.
As the gold standard for innovation & technology in textile – ITMA, culminates in the fashion capital of the world, Milan, there are no doubts that the Digital Textile Pavilion has been a major crowd puller. This is owing to the numerous technology developments & updates showcased on the back of a rapidly growing demand for digital printing on textile for apparel and for home furnishings. At the digital textile pavilion industrial single pass printing competing with rotary screen-printing speeds and new ink innovations for pigment printing created the major interest among the visitors.
We at Inkjet Forum India feel that for digital textile printing which now contributes about 3% of the total printed textile output, the key drivers to increase presence are going to be the success of industrial single pass technology and the techno-commercial acceptance of pigment digital textile printing by the industry.
In line with the same thought, ITMA 2015 saw the launch of 3 new printers to join MS-LaRio in the industrial single pass printer club. They are Konica Minolta Nassenger SP-1, Atexco Vega One and the much awaited SPGPrints Pike. Miyakoshi a innovative Japanese manufacturer of innovative printing machines also previewed their soon to be launched Industrial single pass printer. While MS has a head-start with around 12 installations around the world we can definitely expect interesting times ahead. Konica Minolta has reinforced its presence by recently setting up a 5 Million Euro demonstration and training facility showcasing the Nassenger SP-1 along with the Nassenger 8 & 10. Not a company to be left behind SPGPrints has ambitious plans for the Pike based on the new archer print bar technology based on the Fujifilm Samba printheads.
The Debate – Single Pass vs Scanning Mode
As industrial single pass technology is creating interest in the industry there is another school of thought in the industry, which believes that the conventional scanning mode provides more quality, flexibility and reliability for digital textile printing. Taking a look at the advantage for scanning mode based printers, this allows the textile mill or processing house to have a multiple of printers with different ink chemistries targeting different product segments and carrying out different jobs simultaneously. Industrial single pass printing technology on the other hand introduces a completely different economics with a high capital cost and low product costs allowing higher production volumes and for the company to achieve higher profit margins.
However based on the outputs of the single pass technology the company needs to be in sync with their pretreatment, design, post-treatment and marketing to utilize the full advantage of the system. The single pass printers give the optimum performance when they are running on a continuous basis with low downtime.
Eventually it will come down to two key points in making the decision for single pass and scanning mode – economics of the process & end application of the company.
Pigment Inks for Digital Textile
This is a great opportunity for digital textile printing industry to increase its market share considering that in conventional print, pigment printing occupies a healthy market share of close to 50% and the interest for digital textile in home textile industry is increasing which primarily relies on pigment prints do to requirement of high light fastness. The digital pigment printing process has not grown in popularity so far due to apprehensions in terms of:
- Printhead life with pigment inks
- Brightness of inks
- Wash fastness
- Commercial implications.
Pigment inks have been evolving over time and companies have been addressing the issues above to make pigment digital printing acceptable to the industry. However pigment printing does provide a comparatively eco-friendly process with reduction in water consumption and waste and also simplifies the entire production process compared to digital printing with dye based inks. Additionally since this process does not generate waste water it also allows the printing companies to setup the printing sites closer to the fashion and home furnishing markets.
Some new products that were launched at ITMA 2015 included:
Kiian: Kiian launched the Digistar K-Choice, a new pigment ink for the Kyocera heads at the show and also showcased their complete portfolio of aqueous inks. A special focus has been made by Kiian to ensure brighter color reproduction with their inks
Velvet jet: Velvet Jet, a company devoted to developing and manufacturing high quality inks, introduced their new pigment printing solution for digital textile printing.
Fujifilm Imaging Colorants: FFIC showcased their new Pro-JET TX pigment based ink for high speed textile printing with dry heat fixation technology with allows for waterless fixation
There were a few OEM’s and machine manufacturers in the digital textile pavilion exhibiting machines running on pigment ink successfully. The machines included the Durst Alpha 330, Colorjet Metro. Miyakoshi MTP Series, Kornit Allegro and MS – JPK Evo indicating the evolution of pigment inks to suit high speed production machines. Barring the MS JPK Evo the other four printers were launched at ITMA 2015.
Kothari Info-Tech Ltd.: Kothari Info-Tech Ltd (KITL) launched its new Charu Fashion range of high-energy disperse inks for direct printing of polyester fabrics. Along with the standard colors available they also showcased the fluorescent colour range allowing the prints to achieve deep, saturate and bright colours.
Sensient: Among other products Sensient launched the Xennia® Amethyst™ Ultra Black reactive dye digital textile ink which is a darker black for deeper tone. Dr Simon Daplyn, Sensient Product Manager for Textile Inks, comments, “The new Amethyst Ultra Black extends that lead. Benchmark testing against other inks available in the industry demonstrates a clear and distinct advantage for Amethyst Ultra Black in color depth and richness. This allows textile printers to add a new dimension in jet black design elements and stunning contrast with the bright Amethyst colors already being used by those looking for ultimate performance.”
Technijet: The UK based company introduced their Swiftjet line of machines for on-demand pre-treatment for digital printing. Swiftjet uses a unique high-pressure spray application method that controls the droplet size down to a micron level, this allows for a precise and controlled application rate.
Archroma: Archroma, together with a Swiss technology provider, introduced for the very first time at ITMA 2015 a pioneering system that Archroma believes will mark a turnaround in the textile digital printing market – Inkpresso ®. The Inkpresso system enables mixing of the required ink on site and on demand taking the ink manufacturing to the printers themselves.
Kornit: Kornit launched the Vulcan at ITMA 2015 which is positioned to be a cost effective digital printing solution for medium to long runs for the garment industry. It can print up to 250 garments per hour for both dark and light garments. The printer promises photo realistic quality with 60 re-circulating print heads.
Summing it up if we take a look at the textile industry – it’s a fact that inkjet textile printers are steadily penetrating the market with good business growth backed by recent improvements in print-head functionality, ink quality, and printer performance, as well as the unique qualities of digital printing. Important factors here are on-demand printing, plate-less printing and design flexibility, as well as greater environment friendliness resulting from the reduction of effluent and CO2 emission. The success of single pass printing technology and pigment inks will fuel the growth of digital textile printing in the coming 5 years !
Visitors to drupa 2016 (the world's leading trade fair for print and cross-media solutions) will experience an exciting new approach to innovation in print when they stop by the drupa cube. This special conference and event programme will feature a wide range of applications for printed products in numerous industries and areas of life.
"New technologies like printed electronics and 3D printing, creative multichannel applications and the use of digital printing techniques in packaging and other top replica watches sectors continue to illustrate the amazing potential of print," says Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa. "This potential is the focus of drupa cube, with its international conference and event programme. Through an interdisciplinary approach, it is also designed to bridge the knowledge gap about the relevancy and functionality of print that often exists between printing professionals and their creative agency, marketing, and brand owner clients across a variety of vertical markets."
In contrast to the first two cube conferences in 2008 and 2012, the 11-day programme is not organised by target group but rather, based on six key drupa 2016 themes:
- • Multichannel
- • Functional Printing
- • 3D Printing
- • Package Production
- • Green Printing.
Each presentation slot will combine various themes using best practise case studies: Functional printing and packaging printing, 3D printing and sustainability, and Replica Watches For Sale multichannel including print are some of the combinations being explored. This encourages thinking beyond supposedly fixed boundaries. This outside-the-box principle opens up new possibilities for visitors and broadens the horizon for the future of print.
Through its range of themes and its interdisciplinary concept, drupa cube is, for the first time, also addressing selected vertical markets including the food, consumer goods, interior design, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries; and the financial and public sectors. "In this way, we aim to attract new visitor groups to drupa and inspire them with the possibilities of print," adds Geldermann.
The strategic and creative design of the programme and its implementation were handled by brand experience agency FreemanXP, a division of Freeman, the world’s largest event company. "I am confident that in FreemanXP we have the perfect partner at our side." Geldermann says. "Thanks to projects they have accomplished for global players like EFI, HP and the U.S. trade fair Graph Expo, FreemanXP has the necessary industry experience. Not only that, but FreemanXP has already worked for countless international brands in other industry segments, so it also brings to the table a vast amount of expertise and inspiration from outside the print industry." Jordan Waid, Vice-President, Brand Experience, at FreemanXP, adds: "Co-creation is the future and our new intersectional approach to the cube at drupa creates a collaboration hub for all facets of the print industry to design a new future for content creation."
The details of the drupa cube programme are currently being finalised. A provisional programme is expected to be published in autumn at www.drupa.de. Also new at drupa 2016, participation in the cube programme will be free for visitors to drupa, included in the day ticket price of €65 (or €45 for tickets purchased online).
Electronics For Imaging (EFI) reports that it’s made two key acquisitions, acquiring industrial inkjet-textile printer provider Reggiani Macchine, and Matan Digital Printers, a provider of technologies for super-wide-format display graphics and other industrial-printing applications. EFI also launched a new Fiery server, the Fiery FS200 Pro.
Reggiani Macchine Acquisition
EFI says the Reggiani acquisition gives it an industry-leading presence in the high-growth inkjet textile-printer market. Based in Bergamo, Italy, Reggiani markets an extensive lineup of industrial inkjet printers that use water-based inks for printing on fabric, an application recently identified as the industry’s most “exciting growth application” by a new, global survey from industry association FESPA and analyst firm InfoTrends.
According to EFI, Reggiani’s inkjet technologies, which will be rebranded as EFI Reggiani, address the full scope of advanced textile printing, with versatile printers suitable for water-based dispersed, acid, pigment, and reactive dye printing inks. In its 60+ year history, Reggiani has been marketing a full range of industrial solutions for textile manufacturing, including printers for fashion and home-furnishing textiles, with a portfolio spanning the company’s original rotary-screen technologies, to more advanced inkjet textile printers and inks. EFI says Reggiani has also established relationships with many of the leading textile manufacturing companies around the world, and provides an integrated offering, including equipment for all stages of the textile printing process, centered around its digital inkjet textile printers.
“This acquisition gives EFI an immediate leadership position in one of the world’s largest industries undergoing the transformation from analog printing to digital. The textile printing market is just beginning that transition, which will enable manufacturers to shift from long-run to on-demand manufacturing, responding to the increasing demands of short runs and customizations,” commented EFI CEO Guy Gecht. “The addition of Reggiani’s innovative team and their ‘Made in Italy’ textile-printing technology, which is renowned worldwide, will drive continued growth in industrial textile, and also enable EFI’s customers to expand into soft signage-based display graphics using Reggiani’s water-based industrial inkjet printers.”
Reggiani has customers in more than 120 countries served by a distribution network and agents in over 40 countries.
To acquire all of Reggiani’s outstanding shares, EFI will repay Reggiani debt of about €20.1 million ($22.6M USD), pay the former Reggiani shareholders up to about €27.4 million ($30.8M USD), and issue the former Reggiani shareholders up to about €27.4 million ($30.8M USD) of EFI stock. It will also pay up to €50 million ($56.2M USD) for up to the next 30 months based on Reggiania’s revenue and profitability. Reggiani’s work force of approximately 190 employees joins EFI.
EFI’s acqusition of Matan will given EFI an “even broader range of products to help our customers capture important opportunities in super-wide-format display graphics printing,” says EFI CEO Gecht. “Matan’s strong R&D capability will further accelerate EFI’s inkjet innovation, while filling a key spot in EFI’s portfolio for a lower-acquisition cost-line of roll-to-roll production printers focused on signage, banners, billboards, and fleet graphics.”
Based in Rosh Ha’Ayin, Israel, Matan has developed digital printers and presses for a wide range of industrial applications for more than a decade. The company’s digital industrial-inkjet printers are designed for high productivity, quality, and durability, while ensuring a low cost of ownership. EFI says Matan’s focus on roll-to-roll workflow has resulted in one of the industry’s strongest offerings of material-handling features, such as in-line cutting and slitting.
Matan’s work force of approximately 70 employees has joined EFI, giving EFI a significant presence in Israel,. Matan’s CEO Hanan Yosefi has joined EFI as vice president and general manager for EFI Inkjet Israel.
EFI’s acquisition was an all-cash transaction in which EFI paid the shareholders of Matan approximately $29 million to acquire all of Matan’s outstanding shares.
New Fiery FS200 Pro
EFI also recently launched the newest platform for its industry-leading Fiery digital front ends (DFE) for digital-printing systems.
The DFE platform, which will be incorporated in several new digital presses from EFI partners starting in the third quarter of 2015, features tools for higher-speed processing and expansion to CMYK+ colors. It’s also said to provide robust capabilities for print-shop automation and connectivity. As the industry’s only CIP4-certified JDF DFE, the Fiery platform can connect with other JDF-based devices. Users can also establish fully automated, bi-directional communication and integration with EFI’s MIS/ERP and web-to-print products.
According to EFI, Fiery DFEs are powered by EFI’s proprietary ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) with RIPChip technology that can process print files significantly faster than alternative DFEs. It says the Fiery FS200 Pro also expands the performance advantage on high-end servers with EFI’s Fiery HyperRIP offering. HyperRIP now has a mode optimized for multiple jobs, as well as the previous, single-job mode, boosting processing performance up to 55 percent compared to the performance without HyperRIP. Now, the Fiery FS200 Pro platform can RIP (process) up to four print jobs simultaneously.
The new Fiery platform also includes a Rush RIP mode that opens up a fifth RIP to process rush print jobs when all four main parallel processors are busy, allowing operators to accommodate last-minute rush print jobs without interrupting the ongoing workflow or cancelling jobs that are already being processed.
The EFI Fiery FS200 Pro system also improves color management with the introduction of a CMYK+ feature set for incorporating expanded-gamut process-color imaging beyond standard four-color imaging. CMYK+ is said to “open the door” to a range of inkjet press technologies that may be capable of incorporating five-, six-, or eight-color process imaging. Print businesses can more precisely match a wider range of brand colors on digital presses. offering expanded toner-imaging capabilities.
EFI has also released color correction and process-control improvements for the Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition including:
- A new features in Fiery ImageViewer that provides greater consistency in the color workflow, with automated color adjustment between similar print jobs using custom color curves.
- A WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface to edit control bars, providing users with more control over placement and content.
The first DFEs based on the Fiery FS200 Pro platform will be available in the third quarter of 2015.