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Roland has officially launched its Texart XT-640S-DTG t-shirt printer, which it has already shown off as a prototype at several shows over the last year or so, and which I’ve written about here after last year’s Fespa show. Roland has developed this Texart XT 640S, which uses pigmented inks to print directly cotton, taking up to 12 jigs at a time. It is an interesting device as Roland has essentially adapted a roll-fed textile printer by mounting it onto a table that can hold up to 12 jigs to create a machine capable of a reasonable throughput. Roland says that it can...

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By Cassandra Balentine Textile printing is a hot and growing industry segment. Wide-format digital print technologies evolve to better serve this market, especially for direct printing methods. Advancements in inks, and media—including pre-coatings—are essential. However, printheads specifically designed for textile printing help improve speed and quality as well as reduce challenges commonly associated with textile printing. Water-based inks are popular for printing to textiles, and printheads designed for textile printing are advancing to better accommodate these inks. The number of nozzles per channel, droplet size, firing frequency, the area between the printhead and substrate, and ink circulation capabilities are all...

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FESPA.com looks back at some of the most creative and colorful printed t-shirts from the past 12 months.   T-shirt printing is big business for print companies all around the world, and as demand continues to increase for this type of work, we are only likely to see the market expand further. From top fashion designers and leading high street brands, through to individual bespoke jobs for customers, printed t-shirts come in all forms, making it one of the most creative areas of the industry. FESPA.com picks out some of the best examples of t-shirt prints from the past year. Match of...

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Bert Benckhuysen, the Senior Product Manager at Mimaki Europe BV discusses the current trends in the sportswear market.  The current sportswear market is huge and is set to become even larger and more influential over the next few years. Driven by international health and fitness trends, sportswear and performance apparel are currently one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global textile industry. According to Global Industry Analyst, the global sportswear market size is estimated to reach approximately US$ 278.7bn by 2020, while Euromonitor International predicts the global market for sports and fitness clothing will reach US$ 231.7 billion by 2024....

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Noted printing industry analyst Vincent Mallardi has been compiling an exclusive ranking of the Hot Markets for Printing for the past 40 years. His newest research report reveals the Top 25 industries/sectors for print buying in 2020 — which will account for a whopping $207.6 billion of total print demand potential — and he provides additional expert commentary on the actual types of printed products and printing processes that will be in high print buying demand for each market vertical. According to Mallardi, 12 sectors among the Top 25 Hot Markets that he tracks are projected to increase their demand for print by a...

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