We will go International with our very first ‘Inkjet Forum Asia’ conference on Digital Textile Printing in South East Asia. The details for the same will be announced shortly.
Inkjet India 2016 - Digital Textile Printing Conference
Date: February 2016
Feature: Inkjet Design Trends
In its 6th year, Inkjet Forum India will organize its its flagship ‘Inkjet India’ series conference enlighten the stakeholders of this area about the flourishing trends of Digital Textile Printing.
IndusPRINT 2016 - Industrial Print Conference
Date: October 2016
After the 1st event in Bangalore,IndusPRINT 2016 will provide the best networking opportunities for the stakeholders involved in this field of industrial inkjet and printing technology.
Electronics For Imaging (EFI) reports that it’s made two key acquisitions, acquiring industrial inkjet-textile printer provider Reggiani Macchine, and Matan Digital Printers, a provider of technologies for super-wide-format display graphics and other industrial-printing applications. EFI also launched a new Fiery server, the Fiery FS200 Pro.
Reggiani Macchine Acquisition
EFI says the Reggiani acquisition gives it an industry-leading presence in the high-growth inkjet textile-printer market. Based in Bergamo, Italy, Reggiani markets an extensive lineup of industrial inkjet printers that use water-based inks for printing on fabric, an application recently identified as the industry’s most “exciting growth application” by a new, global survey from industry association FESPA and analyst firm InfoTrends.
According to EFI, Reggiani’s inkjet technologies, which will be rebranded as EFI Reggiani, address the full scope of advanced textile printing, with versatile printers suitable for water-based dispersed, acid, pigment, and reactive dye printing inks. In its 60+ year history, Reggiani has been marketing a full range of industrial solutions for textile manufacturing, including printers for fashion and home-furnishing textiles, with a portfolio spanning the company’s original rotary-screen technologies, to more advanced inkjet textile printers and inks. EFI says Reggiani has also established relationships with many of the leading textile manufacturing companies around the world, and provides an integrated offering, including equipment for all stages of the textile printing process, centered around its digital inkjet textile printers.
“This acquisition gives EFI an immediate leadership position in one of the world’s largest industries undergoing the transformation from analog printing to digital. The textile printing market is just beginning that transition, which will enable manufacturers to shift from long-run to on-demand manufacturing, responding to the increasing demands of short runs and customizations,” commented EFI CEO Guy Gecht. “The addition of Reggiani’s innovative team and their ‘Made in Italy’ textile-printing technology, which is renowned worldwide, will drive continued growth in industrial textile, and also enable EFI’s customers to expand into soft signage-based display graphics using Reggiani’s water-based industrial inkjet printers.”
Reggiani has customers in more than 120 countries served by a distribution network and agents in over 40 countries.
To acquire all of Reggiani’s outstanding shares, EFI will repay Reggiani debt of about €20.1 million ($22.6M USD), pay the former Reggiani shareholders up to about €27.4 million ($30.8M USD), and issue the former Reggiani shareholders up to about €27.4 million ($30.8M USD) of EFI stock. It will also pay up to €50 million ($56.2M USD) for up to the next 30 months based on Reggiania’s revenue and profitability. Reggiani’s work force of approximately 190 employees joins EFI.
EFI’s acqusition of Matan will given EFI an “even broader range of products to help our customers capture important opportunities in super-wide-format display graphics printing,” says EFI CEO Gecht. “Matan’s strong R&D capability will further accelerate EFI’s inkjet innovation, while filling a key spot in EFI’s portfolio for a lower-acquisition cost-line of roll-to-roll production printers focused on signage, banners, billboards, and fleet graphics.”
Based in Rosh Ha’Ayin, Israel, Matan has developed digital printers and presses for a wide range of industrial applications for more than a decade. The company’s digital industrial-inkjet printers are designed for high productivity, quality, and durability, while ensuring a low cost of ownership. EFI says Matan’s focus on roll-to-roll workflow has resulted in one of the industry’s strongest offerings of material-handling features, such as in-line cutting and slitting.
Matan’s work force of approximately 70 employees has joined EFI, giving EFI a significant presence in Israel,. Matan’s CEO Hanan Yosefi has joined EFI as vice president and general manager for EFI Inkjet Israel.
EFI’s acquisition was an all-cash transaction in which EFI paid the shareholders of Matan approximately $29 million to acquire all of Matan’s outstanding shares.
New Fiery FS200 Pro
EFI also recently launched the newest platform for its industry-leading Fiery digital front ends (DFE) for digital-printing systems.
The DFE platform, which will be incorporated in several new digital presses from EFI partners starting in the third quarter of 2015, features tools for higher-speed processing and expansion to CMYK+ colors. It’s also said to provide robust capabilities for print-shop automation and connectivity. As the industry’s only CIP4-certified JDF DFE, the Fiery platform can connect with other JDF-based devices. Users can also establish fully automated, bi-directional communication and integration with EFI’s MIS/ERP and web-to-print products.
According to EFI, Fiery DFEs are powered by EFI’s proprietary ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) with RIPChip technology that can process print files significantly faster than alternative DFEs. It says the Fiery FS200 Pro also expands the performance advantage on high-end servers with EFI’s Fiery HyperRIP offering. HyperRIP now has a mode optimized for multiple jobs, as well as the previous, single-job mode, boosting processing performance up to 55 percent compared to the performance without HyperRIP. Now, the Fiery FS200 Pro platform can RIP (process) up to four print jobs simultaneously.
The new Fiery platform also includes a Rush RIP mode that opens up a fifth RIP to process rush print jobs when all four main parallel processors are busy, allowing operators to accommodate last-minute rush print jobs without interrupting the ongoing workflow or cancelling jobs that are already being processed.
The EFI Fiery FS200 Pro system also improves color management with the introduction of a CMYK+ feature set for incorporating expanded-gamut process-color imaging beyond standard four-color imaging. CMYK+ is said to “open the door” to a range of inkjet press technologies that may be capable of incorporating five-, six-, or eight-color process imaging. Print businesses can more precisely match a wider range of brand colors on digital presses. offering expanded toner-imaging capabilities.
EFI has also released color correction and process-control improvements for the Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition including:
- A new features in Fiery ImageViewer that provides greater consistency in the color workflow, with automated color adjustment between similar print jobs using custom color curves.
- A WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface to edit control bars, providing users with more control over placement and content.
The first DFEs based on the Fiery FS200 Pro platform will be available in the third quarter of 2015.
Cambridge: 2nd July 2015 – Xaar targets growth in manufacturing applications with the appointment of Keith Smith to the new role of Director of Advanced Manufacturing.
Keith, who is based in the US and reports directly to Xaar CEO Doug Edwards, is responsible for identifying and developing strategic advanced manufacturing opportunities and partnerships outside Xaar’s established markets. He joins Xaar from Chinese touch sensor manufacturer Token ITO, and has 16 years’ experience in direct and channel sales management and selling B2B solutions to Fortune 500 companies. His appointment marks a return to Xaar, having been Sales Manager for North and South America from 2002-05.
“I’m excited and delighted to be returning to Xaar in this new position which recognises the huge opportunities for our technology in advanced manufacturing applications,” says Keith. “In particular, there are exciting possibilities in the touch sensor display sector as consumer electronics manufacturers look to reduce costs as well as increase touch-screen functionality. Interest in inkjet is also high in semiconductors, production 3D printing, and robotic coating applications within automotive and aerospace manufacturing.”
“We are fortunate to have recruited Keith into this important new role in Xaar,” says Doug Edwards. “He brings the ideal combination of in-depth knowledge of key growth markets for Xaar technology and global sales experience in B2B technology in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and North and South America. As an ex-Xaar employee, it’s also good to welcome him back!”
Due to the infrastructure expansion initiatives by he government, the digital signage industry is set to witness an exponential growth by 2020
Dubai. International Expo Consults (IEC) part of Falak Holding, stated that Dubai will play an integral role within the US$20 billion digital signage industry due to the state of the malls that are being developed in the Emirate. The company also stated that the digital signage avenues have witnessed a rapid growth surge in the region. The global digital signage market is also expected to touch $20.03 billion by 2020; according to a new study by Grand View Research Inc. SGI Dubai 2015 had several innovative digital signage products on display, for both outdoor and indoor deployment.
"Due to the infrastructure expansion initiatives by the government, the digital signage industry is set to witness an upsurge in investment by the year 2020. Old equipment is slowly and steadily being phased out to usher in new technology. This growth translates into large scale opportunities for printers, raw material suppliers and print equipment suppliers. Growing demand from industries such as retail and healthcare is expected to drive the local and regional market in the coming years," said Mr.Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Chairman of IEC.
The 'SGI Dubai 2016' show will be held from January 10th to 12th at the Halls 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. This forum will also include seminars and workshops conducted by industry experts. The show will have a dedicated pavilion for the Digital Signage industry. SGI Dubai 2015, an official DSF event welcomed over 400 global exhibitors from across 34 countries and registered over 12,781 trade visitors from 78 countries.
"Digital signage is considered to be more strategically beneficial in the market in comparison to static signage as the content which updates more often can be digitally be updated. Apart from that, digital signage has the capacity to be compatible with image capturing devices, imbedded touch screen and motion detection devices. The extensive utilisation across a vast gamut of industrial sectors as an efficient platform for interactive advertising and curtailed costs of installation, maintenance and purchase also predicts in the spiral growth and future of the signage market," said Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC.
"There has been a renewed zest and enthusiasm from our digital signage exhibitors from across the globe especially UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. GCC and Mena regions have created a huge demand for the sign, graphic and imaging industry with several high-end malls, new airports, industry exhibitions around the clock and launch of many other upscale clusters," added Mr.Rahman.
Sign and Graphic Imaging Dubai (SGI Dubai) is an ideal converging point where visitors and exhibitors can reach out with architects, sign makers, print and production manufacturers, media agencies, real-estate developers, brand and image consultants among others. The event is a deep-rooted close to two decades old business forum which is recognised globally and constitutes workshops and seminars held by industry experts.
SGI Dubai 2016 will take place from January 10-12 2016 at the World Trade Center in Dubai (UAE).
Until SGI Dubai 2016 starts, printers, exhibitors, visitors can keep themselves abreast of new developments, trends, news and all that refers to signage and print by visiting the SGI Resource Center at www.signageresource.co
Messe Frankfurt is tapping into an exciting growing market for the textile manufacturing industry: In collaboration with WTiN (World Textile Information Network), Messe Frankfurt is creating a new platform for digital textile printing technologies called Avanprint. Avanprint will be launched from 15 to 18 February 2016 – at the Texworld and Apparel Sourcing international shows in Paris. The presentation will then be refreshed annually in parallel with the Paris winter textile exhibitions. Our partners in this venture, WTiN, have recently signed a joint agreement to promote this new focus in the area of apparel fabrics and sourcing.
Textile printing machines, inks, software and services – Avanprint will be offering the latest developments in digital print technologies. “With our new show Avanprint, we are creating an innovative platform for digital print on fabrics and, with that, new sales opportunities for forward-thinking exhibitors and visitors that are passionate about design. At the same time, we are expanding our global portfolio in a strong and growing market. In WTiN, we are very happy to have found a partner with extensive knowledge, longstanding experience and a global network,” said Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies of Messe Frankfurt when signing the contract.
WTiN representative Managing Director Mark Jarvis stated: “WTiN maintains close liaison with the digital textile printing technology community and received a clear message that this rapidly maturing sector would value its own exhibition platform, in order to expand its interaction with manufacturers, brands and retailers. We have a longstanding and positive relationship as a publishing partner with Messe Frankfurt’s textile shows and it was natural that the two companies would work together on this project. WTiN brings its intimate knowledge of the digital textile printing market, gained through ten years of publishing Digital Textile magazine, while Messe Frankfurt offers its organisational strength and the opportunity to co-locate with a set of already successful textile exhibitions.”
The new product area offers huge potential for growth as the new technologies create competitive edges: Printing processes have been streamlined and accelerated. New printers can reach top speeds of 75 metres per minute. The new machines also reward in sustainability terms: New technologies use a third of conventional water consumption along with environmentally friendly inks, considerably relieving the strain on resources. In addition, the new printers impress with significantly improved colour fastness. Outstanding printing quality now reaches around 1400 x 1400 dpi allowing textile designers to be more creative and flexible in their work using enhanced models and forms. Textile agents also are able to react to changing consumer needs quickly and individually.
Establishing new developments
Despite their competitive advantage, these developments are only just beginning to filter through to the market. Barely an estimated two to three percent of textile prints are produced digitally. However, an annual growth rate of 25 percent is expected globally. By 2017, the rate of digital textile prints should increase to five percent. Digital printing technologies show the highest potential for growth in the field of apparel fabric and fashion and made up 45 percent of digital print products on the global market in 2014.
Messe Frankfurt: Global market leader for textile shows
Twice a year – in February and September – Messe Frankfurt France organises Texworld und Apparel Sourcing exhibitions in Paris. Every six months, Le Bourget exhibition grounds host up to 15,000 visitors and around 1,200 international exhibitors. All around the world, Messe Frankfurt, the global market leader for textile trade fairs, stages events for the textile manufacturing industry. The ‘Texpertise Network’ currently encompasses 45 textile events in 10 countries.
Cambridge, 9th June 2015 - The IMI Europe Industrial Inkjet Technology Showcase 2015, the world leading ink jet summit, will be held in Munich between June 24th – 25th. Now in its 14th year and with interest in industrial ink jet having grown to a record high, the 2015 event will discuss ink jet trends and issues while highlighting a variety of new and existing industrial ink jet powered technologies, applications and new business opportunities - in markets including; packaging, retail, interior design, glass and ceramics.
For the first time this year, the event will also feature a new Industrial Print Forum managed by the organisers of the world leading industrial print show, InPrint. Exploring industrial applications within the manufacturing process, this track will use industry overviews, presentations on emerging applications, tech talks and presentations from key industry experts and suppliers to explain why industrial printing represents a significant growth market opportunity.
With visitors representing developers, research centres, universities, commercial laboratories, government departments or ink jet developers, the event’s programme is designed to enable all delegates to develop the ink jet knowledge and market contacts for continued businesses innovation.
Event highlights include:
- NEW InPrint Industrial Print Forum - Sponsored by Xaar – a leading print head manufacturer and hosted by Frazer Chesterman and Marcus Timson, (organisers of InPrint) focusing on industrial print; leading consultants, brand owners, suppliers and end users will present the current and future capabilities of industrial digital print, outlining key market challenges and opportunities. Diamond Dispersions will also be sponsoring a lunch on Wednesday 24th June as part of the Forum.
Sessions dedicated to a range of core topics including Packaging, Brand and Retail; Design and Décor and Future Technologies will be covered. Speakers include: Charterhouse, Tonejet, ThePackHub, Kuei, Markus Benesch Creates, Erfurt & Sohn KG, Xennia Technology, Xaar, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ferdinand, Laboratory of Applied Inkjet Printing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield & Xaar.
- Industry Overviews - A range of industry expert speakers including, Mark Hanley of IT Strategies, Jason Oliver of Heidelberg and Ingo Ederer of Voxeljet will discuss market trends and issues and explore new markets and applications. They will focus on where ink jet is either contributing towards streamlined operations or creating new profitable applications.
- Exhibitor Presentations - Leading suppliers of hardware, inks, curing systems and other components and services will also talk about their products and service offering, and outline how they can help businesses unlock or maximise the power of ink jet printing.
- FREE TRAINING - Ink Jet Tech Talks - At no extra cost, registrants to the Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2015, will also have the opportunity to learn from experts, discuss the latest scientific findings and techniques, and gather information they need to progress their operations.
- Valuable Networking – Visitors will also be able to use refreshment breaks and evening receptions to network and meet with key industry leading manufacturers, suppliers and experts to further foster industry relations and potential business partnerships.
- adphos Field Trip & Bavarian Evening – Showcase attendee’s are invited to a guided tour of the adphos manufacturing and testing facility nearby, followed by a Bavarian Evening in a local brewery on the final evening of Thursday 25th June.
Mike Willis, Managing Director, IMI Europe Inkjet Technology Showcase 2015, comments: “Thanks to continued innovation and the benefits of inkjet printing, this year’s event promises to be bigger, better and more insightful than ever before.
“We are really excited about our new industrial print track focusing on innovation within ink jet printing for manufacturing. This market is growing quite significantly and now represents a huge opportunity for our exhibitors, speakers and visitors alike. We look forward to opening the doors on June 24th.”
With modest beginnings in 2010 and thereafter successfully producing the 'Inkjet India' conference brand for 5 years, Inkjet Forum India (IFI) has successfully established itself as a leading knowledge transfer platform for digital printing.
IFI recently made a foray into China with the Printing & Dyeing Technology Seminar 2015, which was organised at the Crowne Plaza, Guangzhou on 10-11 June 2015 in partnership with WIS Consulting, China. The technology seminar was specially designed for senior executives from the printing & dyeing industry. This seminar, spread over 2 days covered the market scenario in China, product development and technology intelligence in the area of printing & dyeing. IFI & WIS Consulting have finalized a long term strategic partnership to setup a knowledge transfer platform for digital printing in China and to organize conferences jointly in areas of mutual interest. IFI has finalized a long term strategic partnership with WIS.
IFI will be lending its support to PrintPack+Sign (PP+S) as a Media Partner this year. PrintPack+Sign (PP+S) is Singapore’s only printing, packaging & signage event, conceptualised to highlight and present the best in the industry and will be held from 29 - 31 July 2015 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
IFI will be associated as a Media Partners with the 24th Shanghai Advertising & Sign Expo or commonly know as the 'APPP expo' as a Media Partner to be held at the National (Shanghai) Center for Exhibition and Convention from 9 - 12 March 2016. The APPP Expo is one of the world biggest shows for the advertising and signage industry with, over 2,000 exhibitors and about 130,000 professional visitors. Every year, exhibitors from more than 30 countries and visitors from nearly 100 countries attend the show to seek business opportunities, understand industry information and research the trends.
Inkjet Forum India, has collaborated with Meckler Media and Colour Publications to launch the Inside 3D Print Mumbai Expo and Conference which will be hosted from 3 – 4 December at the Nehru Centre, Mumbai. The “Inside 3D Printing” brand has quickly grown to become the largest professional 3D printing event worldwide. Inside 3D Printing Mumbai will feature two days of conference sessions led by top industry experts, plus two days of exhibitions presenting the latest 3D printers and services. Session topics will explore the ways to apply additive manufacturing to meet industrial and commercial needs in various industries including rapid prototyping, product development, medicine, automotive, technology, software, and more. A visitor to this event will be able to explore the business applications of 3D printing through the conference sessions, keynote presentations from industry influencers, add valuable contacts to their network, and watch the latest 3D printers and services in action. Join us in Mumbai for valuable networking opportunities, engaging session topics and understand how the 3D printing boom with affect your brand or business !
Commitment towards the Digital Textile Industry - Inkjet India 2016
In-line with their commitment towards the digital textile printing industry IFI will shortly announce the 6th edition of their largely successful conference focusing specifically on digital printing of textiles for apparel & home textile - 'Inkjet India 2016' - which will build further on the knowledge sharing platform created. Over the past couple of years it has been observed that the industry understands the commercial and creative opportunities that exist in this sector and it has been felt that the focus now should be more on improving the quality of digital textile printing and create revenue generating networking opportunities for textile printers, buyers, machine manufacturers and ink manufacturers. Within the programme, which will be developed together with their partners, will include designers, printers, brands and, of course, representatives of the machinery and ink community.
About Inkjet Forum India
Inkjet Forum India strives to lead the global printing industry towards innovation. Aimed at keeping the printing industry updated with the latest technological developments, innovative applications & market trends in the areas of digital textile printing, industrial printing, packaging, labeling and 3D printing.