Eighteen months ago, dye sublimation didn’t even register on the dial at Manchester Print Services, the wide-format digital printing company set-up by Lee Egan and Andy Lambert in 2010.

Michael Crook sits in the quiet eye of the storm. Commercial Director at CMYUK for the last six years, he is responsible for the consumables side of the business. As such, he is both a witness to the growth in proliferation of digital wide-format textile applications, and an active enabler in the adoption of these by print service providers and non-traditional businesses beyond.

Epson has announced two 64-inch, dye-sublimation printers, the SureColor SC-F9400H and the SC-F9400. The printers have been developed primarily for fast, high-volume printing, for clothing, textiles and soft signage, as well as other printed merchandise. The SC-F9400H also offers businesses the option of printing with two genuine florescent ink solutions (yellow and pink), which brings bright, vivid colours to the production of sportswear, workwear and fashion items. The SC-F9400 series is an evolution of trusted Epson print technology and provides enhanced quality with even greater productivity and reliability.

Mimaki’s TS300P dye sublimation printer plays a starring role in Episode One of the highly anticipated second season of Killing Eve.

Epson America today announced the next-generation SureColor® F6370 44-inch dye-sublimation printer. Featuring speeds up to 680 square feet/hour,1 the new dye-sublimation printer quickly and efficiently produces high-quality images for promotional products, soft signage, cut-and-sew fabrics, and more. Designed with ease-of-use in mind, the intuitive SureColor F6370 comes equipped with new Epson Edge® Print workflow software, featuring an Adobe® PostScript® 3™ engine, as well as a built-in cutter for roll-to-sheet convenience and an optional take-up reel system for unattended printing. The SureColor F6370 replaces the SureColor F6200 to join Epson's line of SureColor F-Series printers, including the SureColor F9370 and SureColor F7200.

With the recent installation of a VUTEk FabriVU 340i, Hollywood Monster has now purchased 11 EFI VUTEk printers from CMYUK in a total investment approaching £5m.

AccuLink, the largest commercial printer and mail house in eastern North Carolina, will significantly increase their dye sublimation production after investing in the Panthera S4-1.8m, a revolutionary high-speed digital dye sublimation printing system, at the 2019 FESPA Global Print Expo in Munich.

For the last 20 years the ethos at Watford-based Rocket Graphics has been to turn £50k accounts into £100k ones, £100k into £200k. You get the picture. Alongside this drive to deeply serve its client base has been a strategy of considered investment in technology, which means that whatever its customers want, Rocket can deliver.

Ottimo Digital has a full array of wide format service provision, which according to its two founder directors Lee Crew and Nick Lindwall are offerings you simply can’t refuse. Whatever you require from super-wide graphics, through to PVC banners, Foamex, backlits, POP and everything in between, this Newport, South Wales-based print shop has got it covered.

Thinking of getting into textile? You’ve seen the numbers, so why wouldn’t you? To recap, a recent survey by Smithers Pira highlighted a predicted growth rate for digital textile printing at over 17.5% per annum over the next six years. In this period, the survey forecasts that the total available global market for digital textile printing will more than double from $1.73bn in 2018 to $3.bn in 2023. That’s a lot of opportunity - but where to begin? With CMYUK, is the obvious answer.

When Jodie Comer’s pop-art-pyjamaed character, Villanelle strode through suburbia in episode one of the hotly anticipated second season of the BBC’s Killing Eve, viewers took to social media in their droves to try to locate the design.

Quality Print Services (QPS), a wide-format print specialist, key reseller for Roland DG and the main UK distributor of Nazdar digital inkjet ink products, has installed two new Roland Texart XT-640 printers at cycle jersey specialist EventureWorks. Both high-speed dye sublimation devices are running Nazdar's NDT600 Series bulk ink systems.

When the ITMA opens its doors in Barcelona from 20 to 26 June 2019, Felix Schoeller presents its S-RACE dye sublimation paper portfolio in a completely transformed brand look. This includes a complete new naming structure of all S-RACE products. Moreover, visitors will be able to see the world’s fastest drying thermal-adhesive paper ‘live in action’.

Parallax Digital Studios, a leading large format print provider, has invested in the first superwide HP Stitch S1000 dye sub production printer for textiles in the US, expanding its capacity to supply soft signage and décor items.

A technology collaboration between SPGPrints and Xaar will be showcased to a select group of visitors at ITMA 2019. The invitation-only event on the SPGPrints stand (H3-B203) will focus on a technical demonstration of the latest innovations in single pass dye-sublimation printing, giving guests a sneak preview of the new Xaar 5601 printhead together with the waterborne sublimation inks that SPGPrints created specifically for this printhead.

The versatility and performance of the Xaar 1201 printhead was showcased in the new hybrid printer from d.gen, launched at FESPA Munich, Europe’s largest speciality print exhibition, held between 14th to 17th May.

Universal Woods is the world’s leading manufacturer of hard-surface coated substrates for the sublimation of images. Universal Woods exports to over 80 countries worldwide and offers thousands of products from the head office, located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States and the EMEA office, located in Boom, Belgium.

From 14 to 17 May 2019 in Munich, Sihl presented innovative products in the fields of advertising, POS and dye sublimation which are suitable for numerous applications.

To debut at FESPA Munich 2019, HP will introduce the new HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed for high productivity and simplified operation, unleashing new production possibilities for interior décor and soft signage.[i]

Printing textiles and hard substrates with impressive results: this is what Transjet dye sublimation papers from Sappi stand for. The new Transjet Drive is a sublimation paper optimised for industrial printers with a glue-belt system and will be showcased for the first time at FESPA trade fair in Munich. Sappi will also be presenting its inkjet papers for large-format applications, the Fusion Topliner containerboard and various silicone base papers at Stand B6-B30.

FESPA has revealed the line-up of technologies and exhibitors for its Print Make Wear microfactory feature, which will take place at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 from 14 to 17 May at Messe Munich, Germany.

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