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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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (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.
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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.”
For more details contact:
Aditya Chandavarkar Founder Inkjet Forum India Mumbai, INDIA
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.