Deliveries of new short-staple spindles, long-staple spindles, and open-end rotors respectively improved by 21%, 46%, and 24% from 2016 to 2017. The number of shipped draw-texturing spindles and shuttle-less looms increased by 23% and 13%. Shipments of new electronic flat knitting machines and finishing machines of the category "fabric discontinuous" each rose by 44% year-on-year. In contrast, deliveries of circular knitting machines stagnated in 2017 (+0.12%) and finishing machines of the category "fabrics continuous" fell by 2%.

Interior designers and architects all over the world are raving about the Squid® textile window decoration offering clients a printable privacy solution. After last year’s successful participation in FESPA 2017, the Belgian company returns to FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 in Berlin to expand its distributor range and feel the market for some novelty textile teasers. Squid will be in Hall 3.2 at stand C30.

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and Pantone LLC, announced today that their cloud-based digital color standard ecosystem, PantoneLIVE™, will include the official spectral data from the popular Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors System for cotton and nylon and the Pantone Matching System (PMS) for plastics and coatings. For the first time, color specifiers and manufacturers will have instant access to up-to-date spectral values for Pantone Colors for plastics, coatings and textiles, including the Pantone Color of the Year 2018: PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet. The new offering, PantoneLIVE Production – Plastic, Coatings and Textile, integrates with X-Rite color management tools to ensure seamless color communication from design to production, improving consistency between design intent and finished products.

Mimaki is focused on promoting the analog-to-digital transformation of printing processes in the textile and apparel market. This includes developing a total solutions approach, from pre-processing through printing and post-processing of digitally printed textiles. To that end, Mimaki Europe has established a joint venture with BOMPAN S.r.l., a leading distributor in Italy that has longstanding experience in the textile industry and has had a trusted business relationship with Mimaki Europe for more than two decades. Mimaki Europe retains a 51% ownership of the joint venture, known as Mimaki Bompan Textile S.r.l., and the majority of directors, including the CEO, Hirokazu Hayashi. Massimo Bompan is serving as Chairman of the joint venture company.

India’s premium fairs for home textiles, homeware and interior décor, Heimtextil India and Ambiente India have launched Bespoke Living, an exclusive product showcase arena dedicated to companies dealing with signature collections at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 27th – 29th June 2018. With four successful editions in a row, Heimtextil India and Ambiente India also slated on the same dates, have become the country’s leading business trade fairs to showcase the finest quality of dining, living, giving and home textiles. The launch of Bespoke Living aims to highlight one of a kind brands who deal with uniquely crafted designs that will range from plush statement pieces to extensive signature collections for home and retail furnishing.

In a constantly changing international market, innovation is the key. Texo Trade Services (TTS) not only brings what is needed now, but also what will become necessary tomorrow. Once again this year, the expert in transfer print media and printable textiles will be showing which products fit the bill at the FESPA trade fair in Berlin from 15 to 18 May 2018.

Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, introduces six new fabric medias that are optimized for Latex and UV printing. These fabrics are available up to 16 feet wide and are also stocked in smaller widths to accommodate a range of Latex and UV printers.

Digitally printable media specialist, Soyang Europe is set to showcase its most innovative products at the inaugural Pure Digital exhibition, scheduled for 17th – 19th April 2018 at the RAI in Amsterdam.

Many congratulations to Richard Quinn who received the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design from Her Majesty The Queen at the end of his spectacular London Fashion Week catwalk.

CMYUK has opened a dedicated premises to facilitate production of their popular Material Sample Binders. Showcasing 80 innovative application materials, the binders are being used as the ultimate reference tool by clients. They contain materials relevant to a wide range of industries and include Laminate and Adhesives, Décor and Design, Flooring, Soft Image and Textiles.

Top Value Fabrics introduces its new line of High-Definition Textiles by Georg+Otto Friedrich, engineered specifically for brilliant graphics displays.

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