Many manufacturing companies have decided to convert production to contribute to addressing the COVID-19 crisis. In the textile sector in particular, print service providers have started producing masks and other kinds of facial protection, due to the sudden surge in demand and limited supply.

How can you make a difference in today’s world of digital textile printing? Today more than ever, this extremely fast-paced sector requires great versatility in production, along with a wide variety of creative and profitable applications for different markets. And that is precisely why Mimaki developed its innovative TX300P-1800 MkII digital textile printer – a truly hybrid solution in terms of printing processes, the inks and the range of printable fabrics and substrates. With outstanding operational flexibility, it fully meets the needs of small to medium print service providers handling different types of orders in small runs.

In the midst of the current coronavirus crisis, the next edition of Heimtextil from 12-15 January 2021 in Frankfurt am Main is proving very popular: more than 95 per cent of the space occupied last time has now been booked.* Heimtextil thus offers international representatives from the sector a superb setting in which to launch a successful season at the world leading trade fair for home and contract textiles in 2021.

As distributor for Fruit of the Loom in Thailand, Chaiyaboon Brothers has been using digital direct-to-garment (DTG) technology for more than a decade, most recently implementing the Kornit Avalanche HD6 system for industrial-scale decoration of short- and long-sleeve t-shirts. Currently, the business imprints 600-800 pieces for FOTL Thailand per day, most of them one piece per order. With print-on-demand capabilities, they ensure a consistent profit margin for these small orders.

CMYUK has launched its Safer Spaces range, a collection of specialist products and materials designed to help jump-start the UK’s digital wide-format sector back to work.

Continuing to help its customers expand digital and textile printing capabilities, Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., is excited to announce it has joined forces with DGI USA, a manufacturer with deep roots in dye sublimation, to deliver solutions that combine DGI’s highly productive printers with Canon Solutions America, Inc.’s robust support services and market expertise. The new DGI Dye Sublimation printers, DGI POSEIDON, DGI FT-3204X, and DGI FH-3204, provide an excellent solution for print service providers looking to expand their businesses into soft signage.

CMYUK Textiles has secured a substantial UK stock provision of 300,000 non-permeable, protective healthcare gowns and 1.5m community grade facemasks per week.

The Italian company, a specialist manufacturer of functional sportswear, conducted research and began producing masks in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Alchemie Technology are announcing the accelerated launch of Novara, a breakthrough new high-throughput digital precision coating technology for technical textiles. The textile technology innovator is supporting the global efforts to combat COVID-19 by applying its Novara technology to the manufacture of safety-critical products including anti-viral facemasks. Alchemie is actively partnering with manufacturers worldwide to build production lines to address acute personal protective equipment needs and medical textile shortages.

Aquario Design, formerly EFITM Fiery® DesignPro and Generation Digital, a provider of textile and fashion software solutions built as plug-ins to Adobe® Creative Cloud, today announced its acquisition by FOG Software Group (“FOG”), a division of Constellation Software, Inc. [TSX:CSU].

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is now producing “community masks” in its demo center at the Brixen headquarters in South Tyrol, Italy. The masks are produced in the first step for employees of Durst Group and sister company Alupress and afterwards the production capacity will also be available for other companies. The know-how for the production of the “community masks” will be made available to interested print service providers worldwide through its branches.

Pete Astles from Peak UK, winner of the Roland Hero contest, is having to revise his plans due to the wholly necessary postponement of the Tokyo Olympics. Thankfully, with the support of Roland dye sublimation technology, he will be working hard to prepare for the Games in 2021.

Inèdit Software launches the Inèdit Quarantine Bootcamp, their new free initiative based on weekly formative pills on color management, digital printing and surface printing design through webinars and meetings.

Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF1850 Rebound® Ultra Lite, a lightweight version of its popular GF2000 Rebound® printable carpet, to its Grand Format lineup for dye sublimation printing.

Rosie Lees took over The Embroidery Barn in 2018 with no experience of producing promotional and personalised clothing, but investment in equipment such as the Roland VersaSTUDIO BT-12 has helped her sail into success.

While large format printing might traditionally be associated with outdoor advertising – billboards, posters, vehicle graphics & more – in its purest form it’s simply another way to print any kind of imagery or graphic material. It presents a wealth of creative opportunity for artists and, in particular, photographers, as this fantastic project we worked on with Perou goes to show.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group is proud to announce the addition of Expressions Poly Banner & Expressions Poly Banner Plus to our popular Expressions family of printable textiles.

Media One customer TentCraft is launching Hospital and Medical screening tent packages to help combat the spread of COVID-19, and keep potential patients in drive-thru, independent, and isolated locations outside of the general hospital populations to keep them safe from exposure.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, has announced that it will host an interactive, action-packed online event, dubbed The Mimaki Virtual Print Festival, designed to provide customers and prospects with a unique combination of information, product demonstrations, competitions and networking opportunities. The event will comprise a series of group webinars and individual virtual meetings, starting the 24th March 2020, the same date that FESPA 2020(1) was originally scheduled to open its doors, with Mimaki revealing new features and content every week until the end of April.

Bluemedia, a large format printing company headquartered in Tempe, AZ focused on décor, fabrication and technology for venues and experiential activations has recently made the move to Durst digital printing equipment. In need of greater reliability and maximum uptime to meet increased capacity due to tight turnaround times and higher customer demand, Bluemedia looked to Durst print production technology for a solution. As a result Bluemedia added a Durst large format printer, the Rho 312R, and textile printer, the Rhotex 325, to their 120,000 sq ft. facility.

Printful one of the largest custom on-demand printing and warehousing companies in the world has started beta testing the new Kornit Avalanche Poly Pro printer with a select group of customers. The printer produces high-quality direct-to-garment (DTG) prints on 100% polyester, helping Printful enter new apparel niches such as activewear. Printful has invested $600,000 to acquire the new printer and plan to launch printing for all customers in the coming months.

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