It would appear that Italian digital textile printing machinery companies have become a much sought after acquisition following EFI’s purchase of the Bergamo based Reggiani Macchine last year, and now the Japanese inkjet giant Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. has snapped up the stocks of another Bergamo based textile printing machinery company, La Meccanica Costruzione Tessili-S.P.A.

The increase in demand for bespoke and short run interior textiles – be it for furnishings, décor or display graphics – is showing no sign of abating. This is why Mimaki is set to launch a 3.2-m wide, roll-to-roll, dedicated transfer paper printer - TS500P-3200 - for the textile industry. The new Mimaki sublimation inkjet printer is ideal for a broad range of applications including home furnishing textiles and indoor soft signage.

Leading wide format printer manufacturer, Roland DG has revealed the findings of its Texart Digital Textile Survey, carried out at ITMA 2015 in Milan. Roland enjoyed a highly successful show with its ‘Go Digital’ themed booth packed with innovative profit-making textile solutions, creative samples and live demonstrations which captured the imagination of attendees.

Hollywood Monster has played a part in the launch of the latest Star Wars movie – Star Wars: The Force Awakens by creating blockbusting 15m x 4m textile wall graphic for Cineworld in the heart of Birmingham.

Roland DG has introduced a second new textile inkjet printer - Texart XT-640 - featuring dual print heads for high-speed performance at print speeds up to 63m2/h. The company says its new XT-640 is designed especially for the production of colourful fashion, sports apparel, interior design and soft signage, and comes bundled with ErgoSoft Roland Edition RIP software, developed especially by ErgoSoft for this printer.

A new range of digitally printable textiles is now available from Amari Digital Supplies (ADS). They are manufactured in Germany by JM Technical Textiles and carry the Mediatex trademark brand.

Mimaki has announced it will be introducing a brand-new super-fast 1.8m roll-to-roll direct-to-textile inkjet printer at ITMA in Milan next month. The company says its new printer is designed to meet the market demand for smaller lot sizes, faster delivery times and the ability to quickly produce samples.

FESPA Textile, formerly FESPA Fabric, will open its doors alongside FESPA Digital 2016, at the RAI Amsterdam from 8-11 March 2016. Occupying a dedicated hall of 7,342 m2, with textile equipment and applications on display throughout many wider areas of the FESPA Digital show. Visitors will have every opportunity to investigate the most appropriate digital textile solutions for their business. As the most comprehensive showcase of textile print technologies and applications in Europe in 2016, the event is not to be missed.

Korean based digital inkjet/textile printing solution provider Digital Graphics Incorporation (DGI) has awarded exclusive distribution rights for its range of sublimation and textile printers to Sabur Digital Ltd for the UK and Ireland. Sabur is also a significant distributor of Roland’s broad range of wide format printers.

Printed table cloth specialist Harberson Ltd has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the corporate linens industry, with the business transforming itself from simple supplier to now offering bespoke dye-sublimation printing of tablecloths and linen for the exhibition industry thanks to its investment in a Mimaki TS34-1800A.

Wide format digital print specialist Fosco Hayes Hurdley has moved into the direct to textile print arena with the purchase of a new MTEX 1800 printer. The Birmingham based business is looking to use the printer for clients operating in the retail POS sector, but has plans to expand into other growth areas such as contract interiors, hotels and interior decoration.

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