Mimaki discusses how companies can use digital textile print technology to improve their environmental image.
Mimaki Europe has spoken out about how companies can use digital textile print technology to boost their environmental image and pass these benefits to their own customers.
The manufacturer has reported a sharp increase in the number of customers that are seeking environmentally friendly solutions across all areas of print, citing the textile market as one area in particular where being green is key, due to the level of pollution from production.
Ronald van den Broek, general manager sales at Mimaki Europe, said: “Governments, especially in Europe, are moving to rein in this high level of pollution, especially as it affects water quality. As more textile manufacturing moves to digital, we will see less pollution by the industry.”
Mimaki offers a number of digital textile solutions, but picks out the Tiger 1800B textile printer as just one of its products where users can expect to experience a number of environmental benefits.
Featuring a top printing speed of 385sq m/hr, the Tiger 1800B is available as a direct-to-textile, reactive ink model, as well as in a sublimation, heat transfer version. Mimaki said that both editions can fit into high-volume production environments that have traditionally used using analogue printing methods.
The manufacturer also said that in addition to feeling the benefits of digital printing with higher volume applications, the Tiger 1800B can make it more efficient and cost-effective for the customer to produce short runs, customised fabrics and garments and samples.
“With production level products like the Mimaki Tiger 1800B, manufacturers of garments and home goods can take advantage of digital technology to reduce their environmental footprint, establishing a more sustainable operation while also providing brands and retailers with the benefits they are seeking,” van den Broek said.
“Mimaki was an early mover in digital textile printing, as early as 1998. Over the ensuing years, we have developed in-depth experience with printing on textiles and a robust textile printing offering. We have also brought to market an industry-leading array of inks that allows our printers to image just about any fabric on the market.
“With the Tiger 1800B, we have moved from entry-level and mid-range offerings to a true production model that will help speed the analogue-to-digital transformation the industry is currently undergoing. Digital textile printing has grown by an average of 30 percent over the past five years, and we believe it is poised to enter the hockey-stick phase of growth over the next couple of years.”
Industry members keen to find out more about the Tiger 1800B printer and the many other solutions available from Mimaki can see the manufacturer at FESPA 2018 this year. Taking place from May 15-18 at the Berlin Messe in Germany, the event will play host to the top names in global print, with thousands of visitors set to attend from around the world.
To find out more about the Global Print Expo, see the full exhibitor list and to see information about how you can register to attend, visit the event’s official website: www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com
For free entry use code FESJ801 when registering.
by Rob Fletcher