Why is digital textile printing such a big deal? First of all, there is a big practical aspect to it. Regular fabric patterns are created through rotary or flatbed screen printing that require individual screens for every colour used and large yardage. Simply put, you need to print a lot of fabric and waste a lot of time and you would still be restricted in your choices. With fashion changing on the fly and consumers vying for more exclusivity and customization the scope of digital printing is on the rise.
The digital textile printing market is forecast to grow at an average annual growth rate of 20.1% in value terms between 2014 and 2019, according to a new market study by Smithers Pira. A total of around 650 million square metres of fabric were printed digitally in the year to mid-2014. It is estimated that total digital textile printing output will rise to 1.6 billion square metres annually by 2019. This includes displays and direct-to-garment – DTG.
Globally, the value of digital textile printing grew at more than 45% annually between 2004 and 2009 after standing at virtually zero in 2002. Since 2009, growth has slowed somewhat, but on average, the growth in digital textile printing output, excluding substrate value, grew at an annual rate of 25% between 2009 and 2012. Between 2012 and 2014 the average CAGR was 19.4%. The market predicted an overall average CAGR over the next five years to 2019 of 20.1%.
On account of recent technology developments, increased adoption of digital textile printing and industry sentiment this disruptive technology is poised for a second wave. A few factors which favour the second wave in digital textile printing:
Lower Energy Consumption & Waste Reduction
Digital textile printing eliminates the substantial amount of water and electrical energy one requires for rotary screen preparation, printing and cleanup. Even greater water and power savings can be achieved with disperse/sublimation and pigment digital textile inks, which only require a heat-fixation step for post treatment. Digital textile printing results in significantly less ink usage and waste relative to screen-printing. Taking into account the additional chemistry and chemical waste from screen production, printing digitally offers a greener advantage for printing.
Worldwide Market Factors
Increase in production in European countries driven by the fact that some European textile companies are looking to reshore a proportion of theirproduction operations from developing countries to European countries in
order to satisfy local tastes, facilitate quick response (QR) manufacturing, release a greater number of collections each year. The success of the fast fashion concept by the likes of Inditex Group, H & M & others. Opportunities for expansion in the luxury apparel segment as digital textile printing enables retailers of luxury apparel to produce small quantities of high quality, limited edition pieces cost efficiently.
Further scope for expansion lies in the area of mass customization, whereby a consumer is able to personalize a product by choosing a design on a dedicated web page in an retailer’s online store for subsequent production by a digital textile printer.
Development & improvement of printing technology with stable scanning printers and high speed single pass printing capabilities matching the speeds of rotary screen-printing. A pioneering example being the MS Lario which has seen early success with installations at high profile fashion and home textile companies. Following on the footsteps of MS other leading OEMs and machines manufacturers including SPG prints are at various stages of development with their high-speed single pass systems. In December 2014 SPGPrints provided a sneak preview to its select customers of its new single-pass digital textile printer based on the highly awaited Fujifilm Dimatix Samba printheads – Pike®. The upcoming ITMA 2015 show in Milan will also see launches of high speed single pass printers from SPG Prints and other leading OEMs which will create healthy competition which will lead to enhanced product quality and support. The higher speeds of production will bring out the production costs considerably making digital printed textile more favourable in the market. Decline in pricing of digital textile inks due to efficient sourcing and improved manufacturing processes is also leading to the overall cost-effectiveness of the technology.
Interest from the Home Textile industry to adopt digital textile printing with ready availability of stable wider width printers to enable printing bed sheets and home furnishing products. This would get an additional push with the increasing availability of pigment inks for high speed roll to roll printing at an industry acceptable price point which is key for the home textile industry.
Additionally recent investments & acquisitions mentioned in the digital textile sector indicate the potential of this technology and could provide a fillip to the entire sector pushing for further innovative products & services. Some of the key developments are as follows:
Electronics For Imaging (EFI), based in Fremont, California, has established a leading presence in the inkjet textile printing market with the strategic acquisition of Reggiani Macchine, based in Bergamo, in a deal worth around €125 million. Addressing the full scope of advanced textile printing, Regianni’s versatile printers are suitable for water-based dispersed, acid, pigment and reactive dye printing inks. “This acquisition gives EFI an immediate leadership position in one of the world’s largest industries undergoing the transformation from analog printing to digital,” says EFI CEO Guy Gecht. “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 for short runs and customisation.” EFI is a leader in print industry workflow solutions and has a much larger sales and marketing platform around the world and the combination to help accelerate the analog-to-digital transformation of the industry.
Sensient Technologies Corporation has acquired Xennia Technology Ltd., a UK manufacturer of specialty inks used in digital printing. Xennia’s product lines consist of reactive, acid and sublimation inks for printing on a range of textiles and other substrates. This development creates a competent ink company with Sensient’s market reach and Xennia’s technical capabilities.
Sawgrass Industrial, the business division of Sawgrass Technologies operating in sublimation and pigment inks for industrial applications, is joining the JK Group, the company which includes the brands Kiian Digital and J-Teck, to extend the group’s technology capabilities. Kiian Digital, J-Teck and Sawgrass Industrial have in common a track record of innovation, quality, and reliability and are regarded as trusted commercial and technical partners of companies that supply top brands in over 100 countries worldwide. Together they create the largest industrial digital sublimation group with leading technologies, a global presence, and a world class manufacturing capability for textile applications.
India has not been far behind in the digital textile revolution and is poised to be on the biggest market for digital textile printing after China. 2014 – 2015 has seen a lot of transition from sampling machines to real industrial printing machines in India with the current industrial machine installations at 110 and growing at a rapid pace.
A game changing development is the recent entry of the MS-Lario to one of the premier digital printing setups in India. This is poised to be a serious case to take digital textile printing mainstream in India.
Now we have to wait and watch if ITMA 2015 replicates ITMA 2003 and acts as a catalyst giving momentum to the second wave in digital textile printing.
Durst Phototechnik presents the 5th Inkjet India 2015 which will be held at the Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The conference will present a powerful panel of industry experts including designers, technology providers, and representatives of textile companies, manufacturers of home textile & furnishing products. The conference will be accompanied with an awards night brought to you by Blue Jade with an objective to acknowledge excellence in digital textile printing. An esteemed line-up of judges who cover all of the major disciplines will make this the highest accolade for Digital Textile Print in India. The awards will be presented during the gala dinner on 26th February 2015.
While Sensient Imaging Technologies partners as a Premium Partner, Konica Minolta will partner as Technology Partner. This time, the company will feature a Design Textile Inspiration Zone that will inspire delegates to identify futuristic trends & design dynamics will also be featured at the conference. Attending the Inspiration zone will give the visitors the advantage of an exclusive inspiration report preview, design presentations & inspiration zone.
A series of hands-on Color Matching workshops will succeed the Conference & Awards. They will be held in Delhi, Surat & Mumbai respectively. This will comprise of precise color management for digital textile printing. The workshops will be one-on-one 1-day workshops on color management & profiling in multiple locations.
Inkjet Forum India will offer umpteen networking opportunities for delegates to network with experts, technology providers & digital printing houses. It will be a great opportunity for brands, designers & buying houses to network with the leading digital printing houses in Indian subcontinent. Delegates attending Inkjet India 2015 will get an opportunity to attend sessions like – Innovation in Digital Textile Printing, Digital Printing for Home Textiles, Industry Forum, Supplier Displays and Networking Sessions.
About Inkjet Forum India
Inkjet Forum India strives to lead the global printing industry towards innovation in Inkjet. Our online portal is focused on keeping the printing industry updated with the latest technological developments, innovative applications & market trends in the areas of digital textile printing, industrial printing, packaging, labeling and 3D printing.
Inkjet Forum India helps small, medium and large business houses from the worldwide inkjet industry to capture and increase their market share by providing cost effective and innovative brand promotion solutions for reaching to a focused target audience in the shortest time. We also organize the most comprehensive and informative conferences, seminars and courses for the inkjet industry which allures the key stakeholders of the industry.
Companies offer seamless integration of best-of-class systems to build an exceptional packaging workflow
December 8th, 2014 — matchmycolor and PACKZ today announce that the companies have signed a partnership agreement to offer a seamless way to specify and manage brand colors within PACKZ packaging tools for their customers.
Both companies are technology leaders in the markets they serve, committed to delivering value-added solutions for their customers. They are healthy, successful companies with a range of small, medium and multi-national customers. Their expert R&D teams all listen to customer recommendations and market trends to provide innovative, best of class solutions in their areas of expertise:
PACKZ: Productivity tools for making designs print ready
PACKZ offers productivity tools to make designs print ready. PACKZ Software offers high performance editing and workflow tools based on native PDF to increase efficiency and communication in prepress for labels and packaging. Their customers are primarily brand service companies (PMAs), trade shops and printers.
matchmycolor: Color specification, monitoring and development of color recipes
matchmycolor provides state-of-the-art software tools to the color supply chain from design to supply of finished product. The company’s tools enable the specification and management of brand color standards; the feasibility, development and accurate dispensing of color recipes; and color monitoring and reporting on the quality of goods produced. Matchmycolor tools are suitable for a wide range of applications from graphic arts, packaging, inks, cosmetics, paints, plastics, fibers and ceramics. matchmycolor has also developed plugins for high-end color management software solutions—for example, for GMG OpenColor—for packaging proofing and color separations, allowing seamless communication of color data.
The companies are working very closely to combine the color specification and management software into one, interconnected packaging solution. The objective is to offer a way to connect and integrate the packaging supply chain to provide secure and scalable productivity from the design desk to the final product. Beyond seamlessly working between each other, the companies will be providing the tools to integrate to other systems, such as, order entry, ERP, and MIS.
The solution offered by the companies will offer an open and flexible system where users can choose the components that best fit their requirements. Customers can invest in the software tools and functionality that is best suited for them. The companies offer what customers most require: improved productivity with faster time to market,
The companies will offer cohesive, interactive support, with an easy way to contact each other immediately. If there is a problem, there will be a proactive service program in place, offering an overlap of technical competence—and the ability to provide a direct contact for either of the two companies.
matchmycolor and PACKZ are currently building the technical connectivity and support processes. Further product announcements from the partnership are expected in the near future.
PACKZ offers productivity tools to make designs print ready. PACKZ Software contains a complete set of prepress-, editing- and quality assurance-functions, such as trapping, separation handling, barcode creation and recognition, dynamic creation of info panels, object based screening and many more. With its modern 64-bit architecture, running under OS-X and Windows, the native PDF-Editor ensures maximum performance and usability. For more information, please visit www.packz.com.
Ph. +49 761 70 776 710
Developed for the graphic arts, cosmetics, paints, plastics, fibers and ceramic industries, matchmycolor Colibri® software has been built up over more than 40 years, backed by the combined experience of scientists, mathematicians, industry experts, colorimetry specialists and highly skilled software engineers. These key partners help to ensure that matchmycolor processes and workflows fit industry requirements. To further enhance precision and efficiency in global color management, matchmycolor partnerships with market leaders now connect all participants in the color supply chain, including brand owners, designers, printers and converters.
matchmycolor state-of-the-art software is a one-platform solution for cloud, enterprise environments and single-client installations. Colibri® features advanced multi-flux color calculation models and can easily be connected to a wide range of measurement devices, dosing equipment, third-party software as well as mobile applications. The system is designed to ensure consistently accurate and efficient color matching and communication no matter what the application.
matchmycolor was founded in 2009 following a management buyout of the Colibri® color management business from Ciba Specialty Chemicals, now part of BASF. It brings together a unique offering of IT services and color know-how, resulting in new, advanced software solutions for a wide range of industries.
For more information, please visit www.matchmycolor.com
Judy van de Langkruis
Ph. +41 61 524 00 20
Full-semester courses help prepare students worldwide
for careers being transformed by 3D printing
Minneapolis & Rehovot, Israel – Dec. 3, 2014 – Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has introduced a new 3D printing curriculum for educators. The full-semester, 14-week course is aimed to help prepare secondary and post-secondary students worldwide for careers being transformed by 3D printing.
Learning materials are free to educators and include a curriculum guide, supporting presentations, 3D models (STL files) and grading tools. Focused on academia community engagement, the content may be continuously refreshed with the help of participating educators.
“We notice a strong demand coming from the industry for a curriculum focusing on 3D printing,” says Shelly Linor, director of global education for Stratasys. “Educators around the world now have an opportunity to make a big impact by using and contributing to our curriculum. They will also be able to better prepare their students for future careers as 3D printing is becoming an intrinsic part of the design and manufacturing processes in leading companies,” Linor says.
The beginner course, Introduction to 3D Printing: From Design to Fabrication, explores 3D printing in terms of its history, established applications, forward-looking trends, and potential social and economic impacts. Through project-based learning, students will experience 3D printing’s impact on the design process firsthand. Centered on the course’s theme Make Something That Moves Something, a variety of projects guide students through the process of designing and 3D printing a fully functional moving part in a single build.
Students will become familiar with the advantages of various 3D printing technologies in terms of precision, resolution and material capabilities. While Stratasys recommends FDM andPolyJet 3D printing technologies for this course, any technology platform and any CAD software with STL support may be used.
Completion of the beginning course should enable graduates to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of key historical factors that have shaped manufacturing over the centuries.
- Explain current and emerging 3D printing applications in a variety of industries.
- Describe the advantages and limitations of the main 3D printing technologies.
- Evaluate real-life scenarios, and recommend the appropriate use of 3D printing technology.
- Identify opportunities to apply 3D printing technology for time and cost reduction.
- Discuss the economic implications of 3D printing, including its impact on startup businesses and supply chains.
- Design and print objects containing moving parts without assembly.
Stratasys plans to add two sequential advanced courses under the theme “Something That Moves Something.” These courses will cover material memory, multi-material use and 3D printing for robotics applications.
Schools in Singapore and the U.S. have led the process of implementing Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum. “The introductory material on 3D printing that Stratasys offers, from the slide presentations to the videos, were impressive,” says Ms. Chee Feng Ping, a lecturer with the Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. “The students enjoy the hands-on activities especially the design process with 3D printing.”
Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston also uses Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum. “There are going to be many instructors out there who would love to teach a course in 3D printing but who simply do not have enough time to do the detailed research and to prepare professional level presentations,” says Assistant Professor Steve Chomyszak. “Stratasys has now made it much easier for any instructor to offer a college level course on the subject.”
Learn more about the courses, specific details or to download free materials, by visiting the Stratasys Educational Curriculum page.
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive and additive manufacturing solutions. The company’s patented FDM®, PolyJet™ and WDM™ 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates a digital-manufacturing service comprising RedEye, Harvest Technologies and Solid Concepts. Stratasys has more than 2,800 employees, holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com
The patient ‘Mr. P’ had Oral benign and malignant (cancer) tumour on his right jaw which needed a surgical procedure to remove the affected region with a safe margin such that the disease does not spread further. If the surgery was not followed by a re-construction, it would have ended up in difficultly in speech, swallowing of food and appearances that lead to low social acceptance which could scar the psychology of the patient and also perhaps result in non-employ-ability leading to reduced productive life.
Micro vascular free bone transfer in last decade has given a ray of hope to all these patients. In this procedure, the lost bone of the face is re-constructed with bone from the other parts of the body – preferably,the fibula supporting bone from the lower limb along with its blood vessels to keep it alive. This bone is contoured to the defect and the blood vessels are joined in the neck (One artery carrying oxygenated blood and at least one vein carrying de-oxygenated blood back) – this keeps the bone alive.
Contouring of the straight bone from the leg to the curved jaw bone to fit the the deformity is an enormous challenge that the surgeon comes across. This is extremely important to bring back the facial contour back to simulate the original jaw bones.
3d printing has solved the arbitrary thinking and imagination of the surgeon. The 3d printed models help the surgical team to get ‘near normal shape and size’ of the reconstructed bone. The models printed prior to surgery will help to get most calculations of the lost bone right and the fit of the new bone will be mimicking the original jaw bone. This is especially true in large reconstructions requiring the three dimensional contouring.
This case of a young boy suffering from cancer of the right side jaw bone required the resection of the right half of the mandible. The reconstruction was planned using a 3d printed model prepared by Osteo3d for Dr. Satyajit Dandagi.
The 3d printed model was sterilised and taken to the operation theatre. After the removal of the diseased jaw the bone from the lower limb along with its blood vessels was harvested. This being a straight bone had to be contoured to the fit of the 3 dimensional curved jaw bone. The fit and the shape was checked on the 3d printed model and once satisfied, the bone was fixed to the defect and reconstructed.
3d printing technology by Osteo3d has helped getting accurate measurements and the shape in maintaining the symmetry of the jaw bones. After a few weeks, the patient will be ready for teeth implants and get back to his normal routine!
What does it takes to achieve this? Great doctors who embrace technology! The procedure was conducted by Maxillo-facial Surgeon Dr. Satyajith Dandagi along with his team comprising of Dr. Chavan Purushotam, Dr. Pruthvi Balepur and Dr. Ahutosh Patil in Bangalore, India.
Worldwide industry and its global players support this leading international trade fair to present their latest print and cross-media solutions
drupa 2016, the leading international trade fair for print and crossmedia solutions, is already set for success: Worldwide industry and its global
players are giving their clear support for the next drupa, and many have booked larger exhibition space than for the previous show. Even now – 17 months before the start of the show on 31st May 2016 – 80 percent of the exhibition space is confirmed as booked. If this trend continues, drupa 2016 will once again, as throughout its 60 year history, be sold out and will cover the entire marketplace relating to print and crossmedia. International global players and market leaders will be at drupa 2016 alongside upcoming and innovative companies from around the world.
Werner M. Dornscheidt, President & CEO
Messe Düsseldorf gives his initial assessment, “In the light of the challenging environment, this is a more than outstanding result. No other industry event worldwide – neither the small, regional niche events nor national trade shows – can offer what we can. This result clearly confirms that our strategic realignment with its focus on future-oriented and highlight topics is correct. ”
“touch the future”: Future technologies and markets in sight
Under the motto of “touch the future” drupa 2016 will focus more heavily on future-oriented technologies such as printed electronics, 3D printing and inkjet printing with its industrial applications. These innovative technologies are driving the market forward and are opening up significant opportunities and growth potential worldwide, primarily in the field of packaging, functional and industrial printing. According to Smithers Pira (UK), sales in the packaging print sector will rise annually by four percentage points to US$ 970 billion by 2018. There are also indications of growth in the industrial and functional printing sector. Since 2008 this market, that includes printing processes for the production of decorative and laminated surfaces, ceramics, vehicle parts, promotional items or electronic products, has risen annually by 13.4 percent and in 2013 achieved a volume of US$ 43.7 billion. Experts from InfoTrends (USA/UK) currently value the market at US$ 100 billion. “We recognised the growth potential of these markets very early on and successfully set in motion the special “PEPSO” (Printed Electronics Products and Solutions) exhibition at drupa 2012, for example”, explains Werner M. Dornscheidt. “At drupa 2016 we will cover this topic with additional events in the specialised programme and in the form of special shows, known as “touch points”.”
The market for 3D printing is developing even more dynamically. The global market volume is currently estimated at around US$ 2.2 billion. The Association of German Machine and System Engineers (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) that recently founded the com- pany Additive Manufacturing, is anticipating an annual growth rates of 25 percent. “We have therefore developed the “3D fab+print” brand specifically for this market segment,” says Werner M. Dornscheidt. “At drupa and other relevant Düsseldorf trade fairs, we are joining forces with other ex- hibitors in 3D printing technology and bringing greater focus to the entire topic of 3D”. The response from the industry to this strategic realignment at drupa is clearly positive, as confirmed by the level of registrations.
Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Chairman of drupa exhibitor advisory board and Executive President of Koenig & Bauer AG, welcomes the “new” drupa.
“In the online age there has been much discus- sion in our sector about the usefulness of trade shows. However, the internet simply cannot replace direct contact with people and ideas in the global print and media marketplace, or indeed direct experience of the latest technologies and solutions for this enormously varied market. At drupa 2016 we are again expecting lively inter- action for both tried & trusted and the very latest ideas in all areas of print and crossmedia. The slogan “touch the future” clearly highlights the focus on innovation and new concepts. New topics such as functional printing, printed electronics or 3D printing will be reflecting the capacity for change and the need for innovative printed matter in our industry far beyond the confines of the trade show halls. KBA will certainly be there once again!”
The relevance of drupa for the entire sector is also underlined by Kodak: Chief Marketing Officer Steven Overman says, “Kodak looks forward to being at drupa 2016. drupa’s new focus on future technologies suits Kodak perfectly. It’s the ultimate venue to show our integrated print solutions to customers and partners – publishers, printers, advertisers, manufacturers, consumer electronics suppliers and other tech companies”. You’ll see Kodak’s process free plates that reduce environmental impact, systems that make smart packaging more eye-catching, the world’s fastest and highest quality inkjet presses, and micro 3D printing processes to mass produce touch sensors.”
The relevance of new markets and target groups was recognised early on by drupa 2016 exhibitor Mimaki and as a result the company is giving the show its full backing: “drupa 2016 will be the num- ber one show to spot trends in print & crossmedia solutions, so that is where Mimaki will be”, emphasises Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing, Mimaki Europe. “Our expanded portfolio consists of a myriad of printing so- lutions for any print service provider. Be it large volumes, personalised printing on particular substrates or peculiar objects, Mimaki can deliver the right solution to get the job done. This diversity in our customer base challenges us to select the right show for the right audience. But drupa delivers a heterogeneous attendee crowd and offers exhibitors and visitors alike the chance to get inspired to touch and print the future – we have to be there.”
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is also giving its full backing to drupa. “drupa 2016 will be an interesting milestone for us to present our integrated offset and digital technologies with the corresponding services and consumables – in a new dimension. In line with present market requirements we will be demonstrating innovative solutions alongside our partners in Düsseldorf”, says Harald Weimer, Executive Board Member at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and member of the drupa committee.
Crossmedia and multichannel: Printing in the time of the internet, big data, web-to-print & variable data printing
The internet and digital communication overall has changed print in a fundamental way. This is emphasized by the current “drupa Global Insights” report entitled, “The effects of the internet on printing – the digital flood”. Interaction is the name of the game. Big data, web-to-print, variable data printing and internet-supported tools such as augmented reality and QR codes characterise and impact the entire cosmos of printed products and the complete workflow. Here drupa is pulling out all the stops with its highlighted topic of multichannel printing.
Hewlett-Packard, an active member of the drupa committee since 2013 and a top ten exhibitor at drupa, confirms the new direction: “Communication between people is evolving just as quickly as technology,” reflects Francois Martin, Worldwide Marketing Director at HP Graphics Solutions Business. “The new crossmedia strategy at drupa with the integration of digital and analogue printing as well as print and online will show that the printed product continues to play a key role in communications. Change in an industry requires courage and firm decisions. The realignment does exactly that and I hope that everyone realises that a new journey is beginning. The new drupa stands for effective and sustainable communication in a social, mobile and cloud-based world.”
EFI, a company that has also very recently become an active member of the drupa committee and top ten exhibitor at drupa 2016, also believes that drupa is taking the right path: “In a world where the “future” quickly becomes “now,” drupa 2016’s realigned aim to “touch the future” perfectly describes what visitors would like to see,” says Guy Gecht, CEO EFI. “In a fast-changing world working in an often challenging industry, customers deserve to have the opportunity to explore and compare future invest- ment options. No other event allows for that better than drupa. The show truly reflects the direction of our industry for the four years following each show. The best way for EFI to honor drupa’s 60+ year legacy is to make the 2016 event a world-class showcase of future technology and innovation that allows printing companies to take the lead in an ever-evolving, opportunity-filled industry.”
Another company offering definite support for this strategic realignment is another top ten exhibitor at drupa 2016 – Konica Minolta. General Manager, Toshitaka Uemura, CP Business Division/Sales Headquarters, Konica Minolta, Inc explains: “With drupa’s strategic realignment and particular focus on print & crossmedia solutions, package printing and highlighting the industry’s innovative strength, Konica Minolta is the perfect match for drupa 2016: We are constantly delivering new business opportunities by virtue of our deep understanding of the production printing market and our customers’ needs combined with our high-end technology. It is the right time for innovative approaches and optimized workflows for a successful future for the commercial printing and graphic arts industry and we are well positioned to prepare our customers’ businesses for the new digital era.”
Also giving their backing to the digitisation of the sector and the repositioning of drupa is Landa Nanographic Printing: “drupa plays an important role in the printing industry’s evolution into a 21st century communications medium. Our choice of drupa 2012 as the launch platform for Landa Nanographic Printing was the start of an incredible journey, both for us and for the industry. We expect that drupa 2016, at which we will almost double our stand space to some 2,600 square meters, will be another historic milestone on the road to the digitization of the printing industry”, states Ila Bialy- stok, VP of Marketing, Landa Digital Printing.
After analysing all the registrations, the 19 trade fair halls will be structured according to the individual industry areas and topics starting at the end of 2014. The specialised programme – such as the drupa innovation park, the drupa cube or the “touch points” theme parks – will be designed accordingly. The exhibitor admission process will begin in September 2015. An initial exhibitor list will also published online in September 2015.
By Lin Zhu, Director of Ink Development, Videojet Technologies
The pharmaceutical industry is forever evolving; according to 2013 research  the global marketplace is forecast to grow to an estimated $1,226bn over the next five years. In addition, a number of regulations are scheduled to come into force in the US throughout the next few years, starting with the introduction of serialization to increase security of the supply chain and minimize opportunities for contamination, product tampering or counterfeiting. Inkjet Forum India spoke to Lin Zhu, Director of Ink Development at coding and marking specialist Videojet Technologies to find out how a partnership with an ink specialist can help pharmaceutical manufacturers select the right product for their coding solutions.
The pharmaceutical industry requires the highest quality coding where legibility and contrast are of the utmost importance. Manufacturers tend to focus on integrating their coding and marking systems into the production line as they assume it will have the most impact; however it is the durable ink code that adds the real value to products. Poor code readability has the potential to affect brand image and sales growth as consumers are unlikely to purchase a product if the code is illegible or the print quality poor. We are also seeing a trend where manufacturers choose highly distinctive inks from their corporate palette so that the color of the code can be associated with the brand, reinforcing its recognition and increasing product differentiation. Code survival is another key factor given the growing attention paid to product traceability. Specifically designed to survive a wide range of conditions, inks help manufacturers identify and track the product through its entire lifecycle and limit their liability in the event of a product recall. Furthermore, if manufacturers don’t select the right ink, the quality will be impacted, and this might affect the legibility of vital product information with potentially devastating consequences.
What are the challenges faced by pharmaceutical manufacturers and how can they affect the selection of inks?
What we notice across all industries is the diversity of product materials and production processes, which explains the wide range of inks available on the market. Manufacturers are also required to put an increasing amount of information on their products for tracking purposes. In the pharmaceutical industry, prescription drugs continue to increase, resulting in a higher need for traceability. For instance, the introduction of serialization which will require the marking of unique non-predictive serial numbers on each pharmaceutical packaging makes it essential to select the right ink that will adhere to a specific substrate. Given the ever increasing range of evolving packaging materials used in the industry, from glass and capsules to plastic sachets, this is no mean feat.
- How can a partnership with an ink specialist help ensure manufacturers select the right ink that meets their specific application requirements?
With so many application-unique fluids and specialist inks to choose from, it is no surprise that manufacturers need advice. By working with coding specialists and ink chemists, they can find the right solution for their application. Because the specially formulated inks will be the perfect match for the packaging, and the print of the highest quality, productivity will increase as the need for rework will be greatly reduced.
An ink specialist can also anticipate problems and recommend solutions to help ensure that manufacturers receive optimal coding performance. Understanding the fixed constraints of manufacturers is essential to select an ink that can survive the manufacturing process environment. One of these limitations is related to the material being coded as it strongly influences ink performance. Products typically work well with most ink types, but new high-performance plastics can present complex challenges for code adhesion. The production environment also plays a significant role in how inks adhere and factors such as moisture, temperature and humidity can all impact initial ink code adhesion and durability while drying times must be accommodated. Ink specialists can quickly narrow the selection from over 100+ possibilities to as few as one or two potential inks best suited to the application and test the final inks in manufacturing environments.
- How can inks help pharmaceutical manufacturers innovate, for example in meeting their sustainability goals?
Ink specialists are constantly researching new ink formulations that help meet manufacturers’ challenges such as faster line speeds, more code content in less space, more diverse packaging types and more sustainability. By working with their customers they can help them meet their recycling targets and sustainability goals by developing more environmentally friendly, greener material, phasing out chemicals such as Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) which may present a risk for health and find alternative solvents.
- How do you think the ink world will evolve?
Challenges in the ink world are mainly issues related to safety and human health. As line speeds increase, more products are processed in less time, resulting in more product contacts. Inks applied in high speed environment need to dry very quickly and therefore contain the most aggressive solvents.
That’s the reason why one of our main objectives is to reduce our use of solvents or find alternative solutions. Our teams are currently working on finding substitute products which are more environmentally friendly to meet manufacturers’ requirements and 20 to 30 per cent of our ink development is focused on sustainable inks and fluids.
About the Author:
Lin Zhu is Director of Ink Development at Videojet Technologies. Lin joined Videojet in 1994 as Research Chemist and progressed through various technical roles. Lin was named Director of Ink Development in 2007. Prior to joining Videojet, Lin did basic chemistry research at the University of Chicago. Lin has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University in China and a PhD in polymer material science from the University of Akron.
Videojet Technologies is a world-leader in the product identification market, providing in-line printing, coding, and marking products, application specific fluids, and product life cycle services. Our goal is to partner with our customers in the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, and industrial goods industries to improve their productivity, to protect and grow their brands, and to stay ahead of industry trends and regulations. With our customer application experts and technology leadership in continuous ink jet (CIJ), thermal ink jet (TIJ), laser marking, thermal transfer overprinting (TTO), case coding and labeling, and wide array printing, Videojet has more than 325,000 printers installed worldwide. Our customers rely on Videojet products to print on over ten billion products daily. Customer sales, application, service, and training support is provided by direct operations with over 3,000 team members in 26 countries worldwide. In addition, the Videojet distribution network includes more than 400 distributors and OEMs, serving 135 countries.
 Global Pharmaceutical Industry 2013-2018: Trend, Profit, and Forecast Analysis – Lucintel
This year’s conference was an outstanding success, with 150 attending, more than 2013. 21 top class speakers gave technology and market presentations and discussed emerging applications. Many new products were announced, marking this as the premier Ink Jet Conference in Europe. Feedback from delegates was also very strong with 96% saying they would recommend our Ink Jet Conference.
In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights:
New technology announcements:
Ricoh – new GH2220 low-cost printhead for industrial applications. Presenter Graham Kennedy, Business Development Manager of Ricoh Europe was voted top speaker by delegates. Graham’s presentation is available as a free download on our website www.imieurope.com.
Heidelberg – transformation to build new technology platforms based on ink jet for commercial, packaging and label printing.
Landa Digital – print quality improvements since Drupa 2012, and the ability to print onto a wide range of substrates.
Konica Minolta – B2 sheet-fed press using UV inks that was jointly developed with Komori.
Hewlett-Packard – expansion into high-speed large format printing with the PageWide technology stackable modules.
STMicroelectronics initiative in establishing a thin film piezo silicon MEMS manufacturing plant, and the page-wide arrays being developed.
These are just a small selection of new disclosures, market discussion and applications forecasts that took place.
Conference proceedings are available to purchase on IMI Europe’s website.
Plenty of networking opportunities at IMI Europe’s European Ink Jet Conference
Delegates were able to network with industry contacts whilst enjoying a selection of canapes and local beer and wine. During the receptions, lunches and breaks, attendees were able to meet with companies who took advantage of the complimentary display space.
In addition, a wide range of companies gave 5 minute supplier presentations describing their company’s products and services at the Supplier’s Forum.
InfoTrends is pleased to announce its China Digital Production Printing Application Forecast: 2013-2018. This report tracks and forecasts application volumes for digital production printing and looks at 28 applications in seven application groups, as well as several hardware segments.
Print is driven by applications, and digital production printing is no exception. Demand for certain applications, however, changes over time due to various reasons, such as growth in usage, electronic replacement, and moves to shorter runs. The change in demand for certain applications will have a profound impact in the demand for digital printing in competition with other processes, as well as between the product groups.
InfoTrends has found that production printing in China is expected to grow at an average growth rate of 14.9% per year. Print volume will increase in all of the seven types of applications, with published and promotional applications showing very high growth rates.
Applications are the drivers of demand for print, and govern which devices will be needed by print service providers over the coming years. This report contains an analysis of 28 applications with qualitative explanations and definitions of the application trends as well as a complementing Excel file containing detailed data sets.
Minneapolis & Rehovot, Israel – Nov. 2014 – Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced the appointment of Chris Morgan as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Stratasys. Morgan is a 25-year veteran of HP.
Effective immediately, Morgan will assume responsibility for Stratasys’ global marketing activities, including developing strategy and building a global team that will support the company’s worldwide expansion and rapid growth.
“As a senior vice president of HP’s multi-billion dollar graphics solutions business in the Printing and Personal Systems Group, Morgan was responsible for several thousand employees worldwide and helped drive HP from challenger to established market leader,” says Stratasys Executive Vice President, Dan Yalon, whom Morgan will report to. “His experience and skills are what we sought in a marketing leader.”
“Chris is an accomplished senior executive with an impressive background of building and growing multi-billion dollar businesses and developing high-performance organizations,” says Stratasys CEO, David Reis. “At HP he was instrumental in helping shape the transition from analogue to digital in the 2D printer world.”
From 2004 through 2009, Morgan was a senior vice president for HP’s imaging and printing business in the Asia Pacific/Japan region. Between 2001 and 2004, he led worldwide marketing strategy and sales for HP’s imaging and printing business. In this role, he drove brand and demand activities globally and orchestrated global development of key channels and routes to market. He also led strategy development for the entire business.
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company’s patented FDM®, PolyJet™, and WDM™ 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates a digital-manufacturing service comprising RedEye, Harvest Technologies and Solid Concepts. Stratasys has more than 2,800 employees, holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com