SPGPrints has opened its digital textile printing technology experience centre in the Netherlands, a 700m2 demonstration and training facility at the company's Boxmeer HQ.
More than 160 people, including employees from across the organisation, attended the ceremony, as the mayor of Boxmeer, Karel van Soest, cut the ribbon to officially declare the Center open for business.
It is part of an €8 million investment programme that includes a 3,000m² expansion and the building of a larger factory for the production of inkjet inks to enable the company to boost capacity in response to the growth of the digital textile printing sector.
The experience centre contains SPGPrints’ two flagship digital textile printers in precisely maintained atmospheric conditions: an 1850mm-wide single-pass Pike printer, designed for both large and short volumes with production speeds of up to 40m/min; and a 3200mm-wide multi-pass Javelin for home furnishing applications.
The centre also houses a meeting room and state-of-the art presentation equipment. After the ceremony, attendees observed live demonstrations, showing the machines’ capabilities for delivering fine detail, while handling a variety of challenging geometric designs and achieving constant precise colour targets with wide gamuts, in addition to immediate job changes.
"Digital textile printing is transforming the supply chain, making a wider variety of designs possible, shortening delivery times, delivering major cost savings and eliminating waste," commented SPGPrints CEO Dick Joustra. "The opening of the experience centre marks our commitment to driving the adoption of the digital workflow."
"Not only will this provide the opportunity for brand-owners and printers to gain a first-hand, real-time insight into this technology’s tremendous potential; it will provide a dedicated space for further innovation in quality, productivity and sustainability, complementing our resources for the continued development of traditional rotary screen technologies," Joustra concluded.
The Experience Centre gives suppliers and buyers of digitally printed textiles a showcase for learning how to reap the revolutionary benefits of digital printing, and understanding the end-to-end implications of digital production with SPGPrints’ technology.
The innovation hub will also give textile printers the ability to trial new designs and fabrics under test conditions and expert guidance. Furthermore, the centre will allow SPGPrints’ own research and development staff to test and optimise proprietary Pike and Javelin inks as new fabrics are introduced, enabling colour-matching and performance trials to be accelerated.