Based in Middleton, Manchester Print Services has grown over its eight-year history to attract a range of customers in the retail POS and exhibitions markets. Recognising that these industries were moving away from typical board graphics and towards fabric materials, the business has invested in dye-sublimation and direct-to-textile printing systems – and, in 2018, a new Blackman & White laser cutting and routing table.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) have partnered to produce the Digital Textile Printing Conference 4.0, taking place on December 11 - 12, 2019 in Durham, NC. Registration for the two-day event is now live. The conference covers an array of topics including the newest digital textile ink and printing technologies, key market drivers and conditions, color management and workflow developments, design software, and digital manufacturing and integration.

Michael Crook sits in the quiet eye of the storm. Commercial Director at CMYUK for the last six years, he is responsible for the consumables side of the business. As such, he is both a witness to the growth in proliferation of digital wide-format textile applications, and an active enabler in the adoption of these by print service providers and non-traditional businesses beyond.

Kornit Digital (Nasdaq: KRNT), a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology and Spreadshirt, the self-expression global e-commerce company, announced an expanded partnership for Spreadshirt to grow and renew its fleet of DTG printers to support increased demand and to expand into new categories.

In this digital age, customer reviews and complaints — and how apparel decorating businesses react to them — can significantly impact a company’s reputation and bottom line. At the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) THREADX 2020 conference (February 23 - 25; Scottsdale, Ariz.), keynoters Jay Baer and Scott Wozniak will discuss successful approaches for securing a raving customer fan base and how to address not-so-raving reviews.

Mimaki’s TS300P dye sublimation printer plays a starring role in Episode One of the highly anticipated second season of Killing Eve.

After a couple of years away, the Diversification Zone returns to The Print Show this year, with the idea of highlighting expansion opportunities to visitors at the NEC.

Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, announces the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Matthews, NC. With the move, Fisher almost doubles its office and warehousing space, from a 42,000-square-foot building to an 82,000-square-foot state of the art facility.

Long-time EFI customer Imaged Advertising Creations (IAC), Toronto, is the first company in Canada to install the 17-foot wide EFI™ VUTEk® FabriVU® 520 dye-sublimation printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. IAC, which is a full-service visual communications company, will leverage the quality, productivity and expanded format of the printer to grow its dye-sublimation business into new markets and industries.

Something is stirring in Sheffield. It’s the sound of the wide-format print division of ProCo stepping beyond its litho and digital, small-format heritage into the wide-format print arena.

As the notorious beauty hall of luxury department store Harrods is currently having a face-lift of its own, Kendu has been working with high-end beauty brand Chantecaille to create an alternative pop-up space to sell their products in another part of the iconic Knightsbridge building.

CANAPA Paper Technologies, which participated in ITMA 2019 for the first time this year, introduced its range of sublimation papers developed and renewed in accordance with the requirements of textile manufacturers, to the visitors from all over the world.

A hotbed of innovation in textile and garment manufacturing, ITMA 2019 is a key event for the textile printing industry. Bringing together manufacturers and suppliers from across the supply chain, 2019’s event was the biggest yet with a 38% increase in the number of exhibitors compared with the previous show. For Sensient, it’s a must-attend show that gives us the opportunity to meet with customers and partners face-to-face, share ideas and explore the biggest trends.

Digital textile printing pioneer, Epson, has announced the two winners of its New Designers ‘Outstanding Use of Print in Textiles’ prize, awarded on the first day of the prestigious annual two- week New Designers Exhibition, held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London (26-29 June & 3-6 July 2019).

Printable material manufacturer and distributor Soyang Europe is teaming up with Very Displays as they put on the Trade Displays Expo in Dublin, Ireland from 4 – 5 September 2019.

Eighteen months ago, Irish graphic design and print services provider Printroom, decided to become a house of Pongs, using the renowned German manufacturers materials for all its digital textile output. The company has not looked back.

Thinking of getting into textile? You’ve seen the numbers, so why wouldn’t you? To recap, a recent survey by Smithers Pira highlighted a predicted growth rate for digital textile printing at over 17.5% per annum over the next six years. In this period, the survey forecasts that the total available global market for digital textile printing will more than double from $1.73bn in 2018 to $3.bn in 2023. That’s a lot of opportunity - but where to begin? With CMYUK, is the obvious answer.

When Jodie Comer’s pop-art-pyjamaed character, Villanelle strode through suburbia in episode one of the hotly anticipated second season of the BBC’s Killing Eve, viewers took to social media in their droves to try to locate the design.

Chris Drury and Chris Melia, joint Managing Directors of Brook International, met with the FESPA (Federation of European Screen Printers Associations) UK team at the FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 in Munich, to discuss their vision for the future of Brook International.

Themed ‘Innovating the World of Textiles’, the 18th edition of ITMA, the world’s most established textile and garment technology exhibition, concluded successfully in Barcelona, Spain.

French RIP software specialist Caldera has announced a range of new technologies and product updates to be showcased at this year’s ITMA. The company will be exhibiting a new version of TextilePro, its production suite for textile printing, along with developments in the SportsFactory E2E web-to-workflow solution and Kit Builder custom clothing designer software, and will be demonstrating automation via Nexio. ITMA will take place in Barcelona, between 20 and 26 June, and Caldera will be in booth H3-B105.

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