Mimaki highlights new opportunities for home textiles and fast fashion at Heimtextil 2017

Mimaki has announced that it will have a significant presence at Heimtextil 2017, scheduled for 10th to 13th January at Messe Frankfurt in Germany. Mimaki will be located in Hall 6, Stand D10 at the show, and will also be participating in the Theme Park’s Digital Textile Micro Factory.

Visitors to the show will also be able to hear Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA, speak about how digital printing is going mainstream, bringing significant change to the textile market.

“There is a big change happening in textile printing,” says Horsten. “This is being driven by a number of factors, including the advancements in digital textile printers and inks, as well as the demand for shorter runs, faster cycle times and more customised textile-based products for home and fast fashion. Digital textile printing addresses these market requirements and offers a new, greener way to produce outstanding textiles. Those are the topics I will cover during my talk on Wednesday, 11th January from 2:30 to 3:00PM in the Green Village, Hall 8. Plus; visitors to our stand, and to the Digital Textile Micro Factory, will have the opportunity to see these digital textile printing solutions in action and speak with our experts about how digital textile printing can be incorporated into their businesses for increased flexibility, profitability and environmental sustainability.”

Solutions tried, tested and new on display at the show

Following the company’s acquisition of La Meccanica, Mimaki is looking forward to showing the new Tiger-1800B direct-to-textile industrial printer using reactive inks, for the first time at a global exhibition.

The Tiger-1800B is a high production, industrial digital textile printer designed for companies seeking a volume printing solution. With its sturdy construction, stable media transportation mechanism and dedicated print head maintenance system, the Tiger-1800B is unmatched in its class. With a maximum print speed of 385 sq m/hour, 600dpi print resolution and a maximum print width of 1.85m, the new Mimaki is ideal for high volume digital production that could only be cost-effectively achieved in the past using traditional textile printing technologies. Optional units can be added to expand the printer’s capabilities, including feeding units for jumbo rolls or folded fabrics, heating units and a folding arm unit for storing fabric in the box after printing. It is ideal for the production of furnishings, flags, sports apparel, interior fabrics, fast fashion and more.

Also on show on the Mimaki stand will be the 1.8m Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printer running pigment inks; specifically designed for on-demand creation of high quality textile output. This model fits perfectly in facilities with limited floor space, such as design studios or education establishments and enables printing on a variety of textiles, including thick fabrics and woven patterns or raised fibre surfaces at a maximum print speed of 66 sq m/hour.

Exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hybrid Services, the company’s National Sales Manager – Textile & Apparel, Stephen Woodall comments; “Mimaki’s expanding portfolio of textile and dye sublimation printers offers opportunities for an increasing number of companies, with home textiles and fast fashion a key focal point at Heimtextil. With many of the machines available to test either in Hybrid’s showroom or with our network of specialist textile resellers; companies unable to make it to Germany in January are also very welcome to arrange a demonstration with us.”

Mimaki will also show its Tx500P-3200 3.2m direct-to-textile sublimation printer which is suitable for the creation of soft signage or home furnishing products with a print resolution of up to 720×1080 dpi. Its simultaneous printing and colour fixation and maximum print speed of 130sq m/hour reduces production time while delivering superior image quality.

In addition to its direct-to-textile machines, Mimaki will also demonstrate the TS300P-1800; a next-generation 1.8m sublimation transfer printer that prints on affordable, thin transfer paper. Printing at up to 115sq m/hour, this popular solution features a cockling-reduction media transfer mechanism and uses Mimaki Sb410 high performance, low cost sublimation transfer inks. During the show, it will be producing applications using fluorescent inks, ideal for sportswear and other products.

New: The Digital Textile Micro Factory

New at Heimtextil 2017 is the Digital Textile Micro Factory, a live illustration of the entire digital production cycle, from design, digital printing and automated cutting to serial manufacturing integrated into the workflow. “We are very excited to be participating in this unique experience,” Horsten reports. “It is an ideal opportunity for visitors to the show to gain a deep understanding of the digital textile printing process and to understand the benefits it brings to textile printing operations of all types and sizes. Our Tx300P-1800 direct-to-textile printer with pigment inks and the TS300P-1800 sublimation transfer printer with fluorescent inks will be featured in this special interactive exhibit.” The Digital Textile Micro Factory is located near the Mimaki stand, in Hall 6, Stand B30.

“Digital textile printing is rapidly going mainstream,” Horsten concludes. “This will be extremely clear to Heimtextil 2017 visitors, who will be able to quickly understand how they can incorporate digital printing into the mix for their benefit and that of their customers. We are looking forward to a very interactive show and exhilarating discussions with attendees as they explore the future of their businesses.”