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Mega trends
converging for
Kornit textile print
Kornit CEO Ronen Samuel says four mega trends are converging for commercial printers to exploit with the range of Kornit textile printers, three of which were on show at Fespa.
According to Samuel, personal expression, social media influencers, booming e-commerce, and sustainability mean that digital garment printing is set for surging growth over the coming years. Together with the advent of Kornit direct to garment technology, they represent a perfect storm to enable print businesses to ride these trends successfully.
“For commercial printers, direct to garment with digital printing represents a great opportunity to get away from low margin commodity print and into a sector with huge growth. And we are never going to not need clothes,” he said.
On its booth were the Kornit Atlas and the Kornit Avalanche Poly Pro. The technology was complemented by a Kornit Storm HD6, a direct-to-fabric sample area featuring prints from Kornit’s upcoming Presto system, and an installation of Colorgate’s Textile Production Server for Kornit.
Photos left to right
Quality and versatility: Philip Trumble with the swissQprint Karibu
HP into textiles: printed on the new HP Stitch
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New flatbed
from Mimaki
With a 280 per cent speed increase over the previous model, Mimaki’s new flatbed printer launched at Fespa, the JFX-2513 EX, looks set to make an impact in the local market. The new EX version prints at the same speed with white. National sales manager Jason Hay told Print21 that it is a fifth generation LED flatbed. “Virtually all Mimaki printers are now UV LED, including the flatbeds, the rollfeds and the 3D printers. The benefits of lower power, a wide range of substrates, and vitality of the graphics are the reasons,” he said.
The new flatbed EX will print at 35sqm an hour. It also has what the company says is 2.5D capability, to produce textured surfaces. It will retail for $119,995 in Australia.
Also on the Mimaki booth at Fespa was the TS55 textile printer. Hay said textiles are another fast growing area for Mimaki, with an upturn in sales of between 300 and 400 per cent in the last 12 months. The TS55 will produce 110sqm an hour and has a bulk reel capacity of 2500 linear metres.
launches Karibu
first roll-to-roll
Swiss technology developer swissQprint has launched Karibu, its first roll-to-roll printer, which local supplier Phil Trumble of Pozitive says will provide flexibility and quality to print businesses.
Trumble says, “The new Karibu has some great innovation, for instance the cassette feeding system, which reduces media changeover time from 15 minutes to 3-4 minutes.
“The Karibu also has a system for printing mesh which means that there is no cleaning necessary afterwards. It has on-the-spot inspection of backlits, and dual roll printing. Some are simple features, like the light indicating progress bar, so the operator can see how the print is going from anywhere in the factory.”
The company has developed an ink set specifically for the new Karibu. The cured ink has a flexibility to ensure suitablity for all media. The inks are NVC free and Greenguard certified.
Trumble said, “Karibu will be welcomed by print businesses who want quality and versatility.”
Photos left to right
UV benefits: Jason Hay, Mimaki with the newflatbed
Mega trends converging for digital textile: Ronen Samuel, CEO, Kornit
HP into textiles
with Stitch S1000
HP launched into the digital textile market at Fespa with the introduction of its HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed
for high productivity and simplified operation.
The company says it is aimed at the nascent digital interior décor and soft signage markets. Both are predicted to show significant growth over the coming years.
The HP Stitch S1000 is a 3.2m dye sub printer with fully automatic maintenance for optimal image quality without user intervention, while saving time with easy media loading and unloading by a single operator.
The printer is making its worldwide debut at the HP stand. The company says
the new HP Stitch portfolio, including the 1.62 m (64 inch) HP Stitch S300 and S500 printers, removes complexity from dye sub printing.
The HP Stitch S1000 offers maximum production speed up to 220sqm an hour and backlit speeds up to 130sqm an hour.

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