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Digital Textile Printing Beyond Fashion and Home Textiles

The demand for Digital Textile Printing for apparel and home furnishings is rapidly growing owing to the numerous technology developments and increasing adoption of the technology. As accepted by various leading research reports, digital textile printing now contributes about 3% of the total printed textile output.

We at Inkjet Alliance feel that considerable growth for digital textile printing will come from conventional applications like apparel, fashion and home textiles. However, development of new applications and business models for this technology is essential and will equally contribute to the growth and development of this technology.

One area, which makes a compelling case for all stakeholders to explore, is digital textile printing for industrial applications. Two key applications from our point of view include digital printing of automotive textiles and deposition of functional fluids onto textiles using inkjet technology.

Digital Printing of Textile for Automotive Applications

Automobile textiles are essentially non-apparel textiles widely used in vehicles. The term automobile textile in a broad sense means all type of textile components e.g. fibers, filaments, yarns and the fabric used in automobiles which includes both visible and hidden applications. Nearly two thirds of the automobile textiles are for interior trim which include seat cover, carpets, roof liners and door liners. The rest is utilized to reinforce tyres, hoses, safety belts and air bags.

From a value addition point of view using digital textile printing,among various uses of automobile textile, the target applications would be:

– Car upholstery-seat cover fabrics

– Car upholstery card body covers

– Automobile interior carpets

– Seat belt webbings

– Headliners.

It is projected that nearly 45 square meters of textile material is utilized in a car for the above areas. According to the International Organization of Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), approximately 90 million cars were manufactured in 2015. Even if we estimate the target market as 10% of the total cars manufactured the total potential printable fabric would be 405 million square meters, which is a very good opportunity.

 Deposition of Functional Fluids on Textiles 

The deposition of functional fluids on textiles also known as “textile finishing” is a process, which uses auxiliary chemicals to change the functionality of a textile substrate rather than providing it with a coloured design as is the case with conventional digital textile printing using dye based inks. These finishing techniques improve the properties of and/or add properties to the textile. There a wide range of functional components deposited or coated onto textile not limited to antibiotics, moisture absorbents, water repellents, antistatic agents, ultraviolet rays absorbents, infrared rays absorbents, optical whitening agents, swelling agents, magnetic material, flame retardants and perfumes with different physical properties which makes it impossible to have a universal deposition technology.

Conventionally many deposition and coating techniques including rotogravure, screen-printing, foularding and roller coatings are being used each with their pros and cons. Research suggests that deposition of functional fluids by inkjet printing acts as a precise, reliable and cost-effective technique of deposition with lower wastage and lower use of resources including water and electricity as compared to other deposition or coatings techniques.

 Advantages of using inkjet printing technology for functional deposition include:

– Uniform layers of the functional fluid can be applied to the textile inkjet

printing allows precision of dosage and print-head nozzle control

– Relatively high concentrations of the functional fluids can be applied with

furthermore making interim drying and post-processes almost unnecessary

in many cases.

– The success of Single Pass Inkjet technology in conventional digital textile

printing can be translated to creating systems which enable high processing

speeds and very precise forming of patterns.

– A further advantage of digital droplet deposition, is that it provides the

possibility of on-demand delivery. Smaller series of different textile articles

can be processed on a single upgrading device without complicated

change-over operations which can have an adverse environmental and

productivity impact.

To explore and investigate the opportunities for digital textile printing mentioned in this article and many more 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. The seminar will focus on pushing the envelope in terms of the potential of digital textile printing in industrial applications. Topics of discussion will include:

– Development of Digital Textile Printing for Automotive Textiles

– Deposition of functional fluids on Textiles

– Digital Finishing of textiles

– Innovate Interior Decoration concepts using Digital Textile Printing

– Digital Textile Printing – Business potential beyond Fashion

If you have an interesting case study, a technical paper or are just happy to take part in a discussion and you are happy to share and discuss your work in the field of Digital Textile Printing for novel applications, then please contact Aditya Chandavarkar at with a title and a brief outline description of your proposed talk.

Ink Jet Alliance launches new annual Inkjet Conference Programme in Shanghai under “IJA Summit Asia” brand – plus an Industrial Digital Textile Printing Conference at InPrint 2016, Milano.

“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.

Ink Jet Alliance follows successful Shanghai Seminar with Two New Industry Studies

Ink Jet Alliance (IJA) – is a new venture that provides consultancy services, market research, M&A services – 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). The company has established offices in Shanghai – China, Mumbai – India, Suffolk UK and will establish a base in USA later in 2016..

IJA launched its activities in China by organising a one-day seminar event on Wed 9th March 2016, the opening day of the Shanghai APPP Expo, at the new National Exhibition and Conference Centre in Hongqiao, Shanghai. Talks were given by leading Chinese and International speakers from the industry including Atexco, EFI Reggiani, Hongsam Inks, Human Digital and Ink Jet Alliance. Simultaneous translation into English / Chinese meant that all delegates were fully able understand all presentations, which were well received by all.

According to Aditya Chandavarkar, a Director of IJA, “With the development of enabling inkjet technologies and the emergence of reliable industrial high-speed textile inkjet presses, adoption of digital printing in the textile industry is now growing steadily. We realise that for new entrants into this technology in China and worldwide, there are challenges in understanding what types of systems and technology to invest in, and what moving to digital printing means to your business model. This new event was s step towards answering those questions.”

Stewart Partridge, MD of IJA, adds: “It is our goal to undertake 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, within Asia and worldwide. Our landmark event this year for the ink jet industry will be held in Shanghai in October, and we will announce the structure and focus in the next two weeks. In addition, we have commenced research on two new and detailed industry studies – Digital Textile Printing, and the Global Market for Industrial Ink Jet Inks – which we are undertaking this year. These reports will include detailed analysis and forecasts for Asian markets such as China and India at a level not yet seen within this industry, creating a more balanced view of the global market – and further reports will follow.”

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 and establish successful joint ventures within China and India. More details will be provided with the launch of its web new site in April.

For further information, please contact:



Stewart Partridge

Managing Director

Ink Jet Alliance



+86 150 2666 7004


Aditya Chandavarkar


Ink Jet Alliance



+91 9869441285


Peter Barton

Consulting Partner

Ink Jet Alliance



+44 1787 211281

Shanghai APPP Expo 2016 to feature Two New Seminars addressing Industrial Digital Printing Segments

The Shanghai APPP Expo – the largest exhibition in Asia featuring digital printing – is expanding its seminar programme to include two new one-day seminar events, focused on industrial applications of inkjet printing.

Organised by IJA – a new joint venture between Inkjet Forum India and Qudos Digital – the seminars will focus on the emerging opportunities for Digital Textile Printing, and for use of Digital Printing for Packaging, Labelling and Narrow Web Applications. Registration is free for all visitors to the Expo.

“The original purpose of Shanghai APPP Expo was to establish a leading exhibition in China for equipment and consumables for advertising, promotion, press and publicity. In fact, the event has now emerged as one of the most important tradeshows for the digital printing industry worldwide,” reports event manager Luke Xi. “We now increasingly see the use of digital printing in non-graphic and non-advertising applications, and these new segments offer great opportunities for business growth among our visitors and exhibitors. Hence we now devote extensive exhibition space to these emerging applications, as in shown by our Digital Textile Printing Show, and the Convertex Show, which run alongside APPP Expo at the same venue. We are delighted that now we also have seminars addressing the needs of these new industry segments, which increases the value of our events to visitors and exhibitors alike.”

Shanghai APPP Expo 2016 runs from Wed 9th March to Sat 12th March at the NECC Hongqiao, Shanghai. The accompanying IJA Summit – Digital Textile Printing will run on Wed 9th March, and focuses on the opportunities and market growth enabled by new high-speed and high performance digital textile systems and consumables, for applications such as soft signage, dress fabrics, garment printing and home furnishings. Presentations will be given in Chinese and English by knowledgeable speakers from China and from leading international companies and consultancies.

Fri 11th March will feature the IJA Summit – Digital Printing for Packaging & Labelling, the first seminar within China devoted to the emergence at last of high-speed single pass inkjet printing as a serious tool for the packaging and labelling industries, and also offering new business opportunities for sign and graphics printers. Both IJA events will provide simultaneous translation into Chinese and/or English, so that all Chinese visitors and most foreign visitors will be able to comprehend all presentations and discussions.

Graphic printers and sign shops are also well catered for, since on Thu 10th March Infotrends will again run its successful seminar on Wide Format Graphics, which was a popular event at the 2015 APPP Expo.

IJA is currently developing its seminar programmes and recruiting sponsors and speakers for the two events. The full programme will be announced and publicised early in 2016. “We are delighted to be partnering with Shanghai Modern International Exhibitions, and to provide APPP Expo visitors with high quality seminars to enable them to develop their businesses and make informed decisions about future investments in hardware and printing systems” says Stewart Partridge, managing director of IJA. “We believe the new seminar events, together with the broader range of printing systems and solutions on show at APPP Expo, will attract a wider audience of visitors who have needs outside of the graphics printing industry.”

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Covestro : and TTP: developing revolutionary coating technology — Breakthrough in digital printing of coatings and adhesives more

As manufacturers strive to update their businesses for Industry 4.0 and meet customer demands for mass customisation of products, they face the complex task of converting large scale, often manual, production processes into automated digital systems. Today Covestro, a leading player in industrial coatings and adhesives raw materials, and TTP, a technology company with expertise in digital printing, announce a development milestone in digital coating and adhesive technology that has the potential to enable this transition – the successful digital printing of polyurethane adhesives.

The partnership of TTP’s new and revolutionary technology for the rapid digital application of coatings and adhesives, with Covestro’s tailored polyurethane raw materials has demonstrated a new opportunity for digital printing in next generation manufacturing. ‘We recently successfully tested adhesives formulated with Covestro raw materials,’ says Dr. Andrew Baker-Campbell, Project Leader at TTP, ‘demonstrating a capability to print materials far more challenging than typical inks for inkjet printing.’

To exploit the development, Covestro has established its own laboratory for digital printing. ‘This variant of inkjet printing could become an entirely new production method within the context of Industry 4.0,’ says Dr. Jörg Tillack, who heads 2D printing development at Covestro’s Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties Business Unit. ‘The positive test result takes us an important step forward.’

Market opportunity
The EUR 5 billion industrial inkjet industry (1) now has the opportunity to penetrate the industrial coatings and adhesives market valued at over EUR 100 billion (2) .

To understand the opportunity for digital technology, Covestro carried out a survey of over a 100 respondents in the coatings and adhesives industry. The majority of the respondents to Covestro’s survey – 93 percent – believe that digital printing will create additional value for their business, and 50 percent of machinery providers surveyed have customers asking for digital printing solutions today.

From its long-term experience, Covestro well understands the practical challenges facing any industrial coating or adhesive technology. The demands far exceed decoration: Durability and resistance to a number of environmental factors as well as adhesion and bond strength are all added challenges to overcome. This often results in fluids with properties incompatible with industrial inkjet, such as high viscosity, or large particulates.

That is why the vast majority of coatings and adhesives are still using low-tech application technologies such as spraying or even brushing. Covestro and the British technology development consultancy The Technology Partnership (TTP) are collaborating on material systems and digital printing technologies to address these challenges and unlock this opportunity.

Partnership approach
To encourage wide adoption of the technology, Covestro and TTP are now seeking partners throughout the value chain. Covestro and TTP would like to hear from interested end-users with a desire to develop concepts for next-generation products and processes. Furthermore, they are looking for manufacturers of print heads, printers and automation systems who wish to invest in delivering this technology to market. Enquiries from developers of coatings, adhesives and inks who want to add value to their products are also welcome.


Second InPrint made a huge impact as a unique technology platform for the industrial print sector

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.

InPrint 2015 Conference

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.”

InPrint 2015 Stand

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.”

InPrint 2015 Printer


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.

GIS at InPrint 2015 – New product launch and demonstrations

6th November 2015: Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), a leading developer of software, drivers, firmware and electronics for industrial inkjet printheads, will be exhibiting at InPrint 2015 for the first time. The company is using the opportunity to showcase new and recently launched products.

  • GIS will launch its new Atlas user interface/machine control software development kit (SDK) – which can be customised and rebranded according to each system integrators requirements. Visitors to the GIS stand (Hall A6 G38) will be able to see demonstration of the flexibility and capability of Atlas.

o    Atlas can also be seen on the Ricoh booth (Hall A6 F31) in the Cyjet system from Cyan-Tec. The system also incorporates GIS electronics and software for Ricoh’s MH5420 (Gen 5) printheads

  • A series of animations will illustrate the flexibility of GIS technologies – showing how GIS electronics, software and ink system components can be incorporated into single pass and XY printing systems.
  • GIS will also be showcasing its range of ink system components, which comprises electronics, software and a family of customizable header tanks and peripheral components. Initially the products were available only to customers who were already using GIS printhead drive electronics. Now any inkjet system developer can have access to the ISC product range.
  • Visitors will also be able to see some of the latest GIS printhead electronics – including its Fujifilm Samba Head Interface Board (HIB), which is now shipping in volume – and the Ricoh Gen MH5420/5440 Gen 5) HIB, which delivers precision DAC-controlled waveforms.

Senior GIS staff and technical team members will be available throughout the show to have in-depth discussions with visitors. “This is the first time GIS has exhibited at InPrint,“ said Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director. “We were impressed by the show’s industrial focus last year and decided that InPrint 2015 would be the ideal event to launch Atlas and showcase our latest technology and products.”

About Global Inkjet Systems

Founded in 2006, Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) has rapidly expanded to become a leading developer offully integrated printhead operating systems. GIS Print Manager Boards, Head Interface Boards,Drivers and User Interface Software with the GIS Variable Data RIP are designed to work reliably inrugged industrial settings and are currently being used in key industrial printing applications such asceramics, labels, textiles, plastic cards, wide format graphics, 3D printing and materials deposition.

Marabu at InPrint – Made-to-Measure Printing Inks for Industrial Applications

Tamm, Germany, 29 September 2015 – In Munich, the InPrint 2015 is going into a second round focusing on printing technology for industrial applications. Thanks to years of experience in manufacturing printing inks, Marabu (hall A6, stand D21) has gathered extensive expertise in developing made-to-measure solutions in this space. From functional and decorative liquid coatings to UV-curable, solvent- and water-based inks, Marabu will display the versatility of industrial applications and respective benefits of screen, pad, and digital printing – beyond conventional graphic applications.

Industrial printing – Tailored solutions for manufacturing processes

In contrast to graphic applications, industrial printing is performed during manufacturing – that is, it forms a stage within the process. This type of printing presents unique challenges in terms of the huge variety and complexity of the forms, substrates and surface finishes involved. Thanks to a broad portfolio and in-depth expertise, Marabu can create tailored solutions. Whether printing on metal, plastics, textiles, glass, ceramics, wood or other materials, Marabu’s inks for industrial scenarios are developed in line with a clearly defined, customer-specific requirements profile. This takes into account the properties of the substrate, the type of application, and the qualities of the finished printed product. It is possible to control the ink’s characteristics right from the start, for example resistance to chemicals and mechanical strain, light fastness, opacity, gloss, colour brilliance and odour – in addition to its compatibility with downstream processes such as bending, machining, welding, or moulding. The result is a solution designed to work perfectly with the printing system, giving customers an edge over the competition. As a development partner, Marabu can identify new printing options and highlight innovative solutions for manufacturing. Plus, it can reengineer existing printing processes to maximise production efficiency.

Automotive – New hybrid protection coatings for the automotive segment

IMD (in-mould decoration) or FIM (film insert moulding) processes require a high degree of temperature resistance and flexibility. In addition, the final product must be extremely durable and resistant to chemicals. Mara® Cure HY is a mouldable, and abrasion- and chemical-resistant dual-cure screen printing varnish. It can also be used as a protective hard-coat for films made from PC, PMMA or ABS, which are more susceptible to abrasion. Using the varnish, different degrees of gloss are possible. The glossy varnish can be used for glossy effects on matt surfaces, or vice versa, create matt effects on glossy surfaces with the satin transparent varnish. The hybrid coating is particularly suitable for indoor and outdoor industrial applications such as interior and exterior applications in the automotive segment or furniture.

Membrane switches – New combination of screen and digital printing

Membrane switches and keyboards – an integral part of many electronic control units – also place specific requirements on the printing process. Marabu offers solvent-based or UV-curable ink systems for all common makes of film. Ultra Switch UVSW, for example, cures rapidly and does not clog the mesh screen. What’s more, the ink film manages to combine incredible elasticity with excellent adhesion between the individual layers. Moreover, Marabu will present a new package for membrane switches that combines the advantages of screen and digital printing technology. The design can be printed with the Ultra Jet DUV-A in CMYK colour mode directly onto the foil without a time-consuming pre-press process. Only the white barrier layer is screen printed. This combination makes the production faster, easily customizable and cost-effective.

Technical markings – Safety and durability

Technical markings on audio, electrical, and household products must be resilient in the face of heat, exposure to chemicals and general wear and tear. Marabu’s exceptionally durable screen and pad printing inks deliver on all counts – and integrating them into production processes couldn’t be easier. For applications where tactile quality and high coverage are of the essence, Marabu’s solvent-based or UV-curable screen printing inks stand out from the crowd. With pad printing, intricate details and complex colour effects can be achieved on substrates as diverse as ABS, polyamide, POM, varnished surfaces or metals. Moreover, when printing on medical devices, inks must comply with standards, plus, they must be durable enough to withstand sterilisation products and processes. In addition, it must be ensured that no ink ingredients make their way into the human body. Marabu’s pad printing solutions meet these requirements and are perfect not only for medical products such as syringes but also for marking or decorating glasses or hearing aids.

Printing on packaging – Customized, high-quality, efficient

Marabu’s screen and pad printing inks can be used to create unique designs on packaging of all shapes and sizes. The new Ultra Pack LEDC is a LED-curable screen printing ink which delivers excellent results in terms of adhesion, opacity, degree of gloss, and reactivity. It is suitable for container printing and flatbed label applications. The good opacity works especially for full area prints or text.

For printing on PET bottle closures, pad printing ink Tampa® RotaSpeed TPRS or the halogen-free TPHF deliver efficient, cost-effective results for rotary systems. High adhesion and rapid drying mean seamless production processes and finished products that are scratch-resistant, even when packaged in bulk.

Inkjet printing directly onto PET or glass bottles opens the door to completely new possibilities in packaging designs. Depending on system configuration, it is possible to complete smaller custom jobs or large-volume production runs at very hi
gh speeds.

Functional inks and coatings – Providing support and enhancing performance 

FunctionUntitledal inks are used for a host of applications – ranging from flouric acid etch-resistant coatings for solar technology, to glow-in-the-dark i
nks with extra-long glow time, to primers for substrates with very poor surface properties. For screen, pad and digital printing, Marabu offers a range of these inks in multiple shades, which perform specific functions or enhance the performance of certain materials. They can be injected, sprayed, or applied using roller coating technology.

Digital printing for decorative surface finishing

Digital printing for industrial applications is absolutely on the rise. Digital printing ensures fully reproducible results and makes it possible to frequently switch designs from project to project, without the need for costly and time-consuming machine changeover. Whether printing on metal, glass, textile, wood, plastic, or melamine, Marabu offers and develops customized and perfectly matched inkjet solutions. Mara® Shield liquid coatings can be used as primers, for finishing, as a protective coating for high-quality digital prints, or, in the UV-CGL shades, for colouring large glass surfaces. Kitchen and furniture manufacturers can choose from a wide variety of shades, and are able to offer their customers specific colours from the Pantone, RAL, HKS, etc. systems. The glossy, water-based Mara® Shield WA-FXG liquid coatings are especially suited for coating inkjet prints on flexible substrates like fleet graphics and self-adhesive foils, but they can also be used as a protective coating of truck tarpaulins. Furtherpossibilities for inkjet inks include photo-realistic prints on windows or glass countertops. Plus, digital printing with the UV-curable Ultra Jet ink series can be used to produce a high-end wood-look effect for furniture, doors, floors, or panels.


Marabu GmbH & Co. KG

Marabu is a leading global manufacturer of screen, digital, and pad inks. The company is headquartered near Stuttgart, southern Germany – a region renowned for its pioneering technology and engineering prowess. Marabu’s track record of innovation stretches back over more than 60 years, featuring many industry-first solutions for both industrial applications and graphic design. With its subsidiaries and exclusive distribution partners, Marabu offers high-quality products and customer-specific services in more than 80 countries. Exceptional technical support and hands-on customer training are core elements of its corporate philosophy. Sustainable business practices are also key to Marabu’s vision – and have been implemented through a number of initiatives, with concrete results – and the company is committed to maintaining this course of action in future. Marabu has been certified to ISO 9001 since 1995 and to ISO 14001 since 2013.

Now Available to Order: Free InPrint Show Preview with Full On-site Conference Programme and New InPrint White Paper on Growth Potential for Industrial Inkjet

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The comprehensive Show Preview for InPrint, from 10-12 November 2015 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany, is now available to order. A few days ahead of the start of online registration, the preview provides all relevant information on the specialised show for industrial print technology. In line with that, InPrint has also just released a new report on the growth potential of industrial inkjet.

InPrint 2015 will showcase the latest technologies, machinery & components, equipment, tools and services for printing on metal, plastics, foil, textile, glass, ceramics, wood and other substrates by using speciality, screen, digital, inkjet, 3D.

InPrint Show Review now available to order, including full conference programme with more than 60 sessions

The comprehensive and free show preview can now be ordered from the InPrint website as a PDF or a printed copy. It is an informative and motivational device in the run-up to the show, published in both German and English.

Apart from providing general information on the show as well as the exhibition profile and visitor profile, it contains up-to-date short profiles of the InPrint exhibitors, including products and stand number as well as specialised articles on industrial print trends, market developments and forecasts by experts from industry and research. Rounding off the content are show highlights such as the full three-day conference programme held alongside the show. More than 60 sessions will take place in the two theatres “Conference Stage” and “InPrint Forum”. Renowned industry experts, such as representatives from HP, Heidelberg and University of Sheffield, will focus on trends and key areas of development in functional, decorative and packaging printing. The updated conference programme can be found under the menu item “conference” on the InPrint-website.

The free digital show preview, as well as the printed copy, is available to order from the InPrint website by filling in the information request form in the visitor area. Here, visitors can also activate other services, such as delivery of the visitor brochure and newsletter or a registration reminder.

New White Paper by I.T. Strategies forecasts 36% growth for industrial inkjet

The new free white paper “What is the Future of Digital Industrial Print”, written by Mark Hanley of I.T. Strategies on behalf of InPrint, is now available to order from the InPrint website as a free PDF. Figures and insight related to recent trends and developments show that industrial digital and inkjet printing continue to gain momentum with accelerated growth forecast of 36% (cumulative average) between 2014 and 2020. The analysis in the report demonstrates that as demand for inkjet continues to develop and mature, its adoption within industrial print markets is set to accelerate. In addition, the report outlines key sectors for growth and sector analysis, such as various flooring markets. The White Paper is part of the InPrint show programme of ‘Leading the Future of Industrial Print’ for developing industrial print and the exhibition. The white paper author, I.T. Strategies’ founder Mark Hanley, will introduce the report in his keynote, at 10.30 am on Tuesday, 10 November, opening the three-day InPrint conference that comprises more than 60 sessions. I.T. Strategies is a Boston-based custom consultancy house serving the digital print vendor community. InPrint Show Co-Founder Marcus Timson comments, “The cumulative average growth rate is now estimated by I.T. Strategies to be 36% between 2014 and 2020, representing an increased adjustment based upon 2013. However, the report also shows that there are significant challenges which digital and inkjet must overcome within various manufacturing sectors in order to become accepted as future technologies.“

Frazer Chesterman, Co-Founder, concludes, “The findings from the report really serve to support the fact that InPrint is the perfect event for those within the manufacturing and print technology sectors coming together to solve problems and collaborate. Here, they can create customised print technologies for industrial manufacture. This report is just a part of our continued commitment to share insight back into the growing industrial print community.”

Further information regarding InPrint 2015 is available at

InPrint – The specialised show exclusively for industrial printing technology
InPrint 2015 awaits around 150 exhibitors from 10 to 12 November 2015 in hall A6 of the Munich Trade Fair Centre, co-located with productronica. The specialised InPrint show is a platform for state-of-the-art functional and decorative printing in industrial production, including speciality, screen, digital, inkjet and 3D technologies. InPrint is characterised by offering high level expertise and unique, cutting-edge technology, product launches and showcases from leading brands in the field of industrial print solutions. The show addresses experts from all manufacturing sectors who are looking for customised, commonly created systematic solutions to generate new revenue in industrial manufacturing.
The InPrint show was founded in 2014, exclusively targeted to industrial print, a trend-setting sector within the printing industry. InPrint 2014 attracted some 110 international exhibitors and 6,995 visitors from 63 countries and from a wide range of industries, of which 53% came from various manufacturing businesses.

EFI Makes Two Key Acquisitions; Launches New Fiery Server


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.

Matan Acquisition

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.