YR is a UK fashion tech company working with global fashion brands and event organisers to deliver live customisation experiences to their customers - including Michael Kors, DKNY, Selfridges, Nike and Levi. Working on projects from product launches, retail pop-ups to exhibitions and global campaigns. With the latest venture being YR Masks.

The promotional goods market is creative and varied, covering everything from luxury corporate gifts to cheap-and-cheerful giveaways. But as the sector gets busier, and the events calendar recovers from a fallow period, it's essential that businesses in this market work smarter.

Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson") has announced that Group companies Fratelli Robustelli S.r.l. ("Robustelli") and For.Tex S.r.l. ("For.Tex") will merge.

Consort Display Group provides customers with access to cost-efficient, durable display solutions specializing in designs for harsh weather conditions. Founded in 1983 by architect Roger Lepley as Kalamazoo Banner Works, Inc. (KBW), the company was the first to offer innovative street banner mounting hardware created to dissipate wind force. KBW/Consort installed hardwearing banners for museums located outside the windy city of Chicago, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Bring your freshest ideas to market faster and more cost effectively than ever before with Mimaki's (r)evolutionary dye sublimation printer: the TS55-1800.

Fisher Textiles announces the launch of Disenfectex™ printable fabric enhanced by HeiQ V-block in collaboration with HeiQ. Marketed as HeiQ Viroblock in other countries, HeiQ V-block is an antiviral textile technology for industrial use, specially engineered to work against enveloped viruses, such as influenza viruses and human coronaviruses. Treated fabrics submitted by HeiQ have been tested by the Doherty Institute in Australia to be effective against 99.99% of SARS-CoV-2.

Ricoh is offering businesses the chance to win a Ricoh Ri 100 direct-to-garment (DTG) printer package, an entry-level solution for the personalised apparel market.

MailPix, the photo-printing, canvas and gifting site, announced personalized face masks are now available. Customers can choose to upload their own photo, choose from pattern, or create their own personalized text message.

Krasnodar, Russia-based,IZOSTUDIA, is a perfect example of a powerful, diverse, end-to-end advertising production company with twenty years of business history. Its portfolio covers the entire sphere of the advertising market — outdoor and interior advertising, shop and gas station design, decorative lighting of buildings, printing, souvenirs, as well as branding and promotional support for various events, including everything from holidays to state forums. Today, the geography of IZOSTUDIA’s orders embrace almost the entire European part of Russia, due to its broad offering, smart marketing policy and well-thought-out logistics.

CADlink Technology Corporation’s latest release into the digital printing segment of the personalization/customization market features an all-inclusive, professional software solution for dye sublimation producers.

Essex-based Natural Print Solutions has installed Ricoh's latest direct-to-garment (DTG) printer, the Ricoh Ri 100, to bring the production of branded workwear and personalised merchandise in-house. The company says it is now able to offer its clients a same-day service at ‘exceptional' levels of quality.

In the Spring of 2020, Spoonflower, a North Carolina-based supplier of decorated textiles serving entrepreneurs, graphic designers, and DIY artisans worldwide, installed four new Kornit Presto S systems for roll-to-roll, direct-to-fabric digital decoration. This installation, which effectively doubled Spoonflower’s production capacity, was fast-tracked to answer a considerable increase in topline growth since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions disrupted the industry.

Epson has announced its first 76-inch large-format printer in its LFP history. The SureColor SC-F10000 is a sophisticated, dye-sublimation printer that has been developed for the textile production market; where high productivity, speed and reliability are central to the success of the business. The numerous applications include: fashion, sportswear, home furnishings, promotional goods and soft signage.

French software developer Caldera has announced a new initiative that will help furnish the increasing demand for face masks for private individuals, while at the same time supporting their printing clients during a difficult time for businesses. Based on their successful SportsFactory concept which launched at FESPA Berlin 2018, the MaskFactory micro-factory platform will allow consumers to design personalised masks, which will then be manufactured to French AFNOR norms and dispatched to them.

Based a bit north of Rome, Teetaly provides custom apparel on demand, including t-shirts, hoodies, baby apparel, aprons, and hats. They serve a broad array of customers, including agencies and professionals purchasing large quantities of custom gear, artists creating their own line of merchandise, and end-consumers wanting to create something unique for themselves (or as gifts for friends and family). Teetaly’s online store includes a design tool to facilitate these customers in bringing their creations to life.

The world now accepts the reality of wearing face masks and coverings. This will be part of our daily lives for the foreseeable future. As expected the immediate demand for mask personalisation and design decoration has dramatically escalated over the past few weeks. This will continue to do so for many years to come. Currently there appears to be a vast range of options, materials and styles. Together with various claims relating to specification and personal safety.

Maverick Concepts, a creative design and fabrication business serving top retailers and major consumer packaged goods companies, has completed new investments to drive new opportunities. The Garland, Texas-based company purchased two advanced print technology solutions from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. – an EFI™ VUTEk® FabriVU® 340i dye-sublimation printer and EFI Midmarket Print Suite MIS/ERP workflow software.

It is long past time that cutting was an obstacle in the process of design, printing, calendering, cutting to sewing. With today's technology, machines have become better aligned and much easier to use. However, suppliers can help customers even more by investigating which associated systems are compatible with each other. For this purpose, HP evaluated and tested the Summa L Series laser cutters with the HP Stitch Printer Series. Summa proudly confirms it has received the validation by HP. This acknowledgement shows that both technologies work seamlessly together, providing added value to customer workflows.

Epson, have introduced its first desktop dye-sublimation printer – the 24-inch SureColor F530. Delivering fast, reliable dye-sublimation printing right out of the box, the new SureColor F530 is ideal for promotional products and fashion apparel, including personalising mugs, mousepads, and garment embellishments.

Many manufacturing companies have decided to convert production to contribute to addressing the COVID-19 crisis. In the textile sector in particular, print service providers have started producing masks and other kinds of facial protection, due to the sudden surge in demand and limited supply.

How can you make a difference in today’s world of digital textile printing? Today more than ever, this extremely fast-paced sector requires great versatility in production, along with a wide variety of creative and profitable applications for different markets. And that is precisely why Mimaki developed its innovative TX300P-1800 MkII digital textile printer – a truly hybrid solution in terms of printing processes, the inks and the range of printable fabrics and substrates. With outstanding operational flexibility, it fully meets the needs of small to medium print service providers handling different types of orders in small runs.

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