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Tim Egerton soyang europeThe Sign and Graphics industry is experiencing some really exciting developments at the present time, and none more so than the huge interest currently being shown in the use of textile media, particularly in the run up Sign & Digital UK.

MTEX Technologies has plans to create a ‘UK first’ for direct-to-textile print solutions at Sign & Digital UK 2015, showing the newly launched MTEX Vision with direct disperse inks and the MTEX PAD coating machine together as a ‘snapshot’ of its total turnkey solutions.

Sign & Digital UK and Roland DG have announced an exclusive visitor prize giveaway of a Roland Texart RT-640 64” dye sublimation printer which also includes installation and a set of Texart inks worth more than £13,000. Also included with the prize is a one-year RolandCare Silver warranty.

As one of the many former editors of Printwear & Promotion magazine over the years I confess to being somewhat nerdy when it comes to anything to do with printing onto textiles and apparel. It’s an occupational hazard I suppose, which is why I think the Epson SureColor SC-F2000 direct-to-garment dye-sublimation printer is one of the most intriguing pieces of textile printing kit I have seen in recent years.

Soyang Europe has responded to market demand by increasing its wide and grand format textile offering by adding new lines to its three core product ranges. Suitable for printing on almost any dye sub, UV or latex printer, the company’s fabrics are highly regarded for use in either indoor or outdoor display applications in the retail, exhibition and soft signage sectors.

Spandex continues to evolve its family of ImagePerfect materials with the launch of a new self-adhesive wall textile substrate suitable for printing with eco solvent and solvent inks, as well as UV-cured and latex inks.

Epson is all set for Heimtextil (14-17 January 2015, Messe Frankfurt, Stand F15 Hall 4) as the company teams up with DMI, the German Fashion Institute, to show textile designers and producers how they can create, proof and digitally print their textile colours all the way from mood board to the final product using Spring-Summer 2016 trend colours.

The upsurge of interest in digital textile printing across the fabric arena, and marked upward trend for the versatility of ink-jet printing, has confirmed Kornit Digital’s attendance at, the world’s leading exhibition for textile and garment manufacturing, which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany, from 14 to 17 January 2015.

After the overwhelming success of Heimtextil India this summer, Messe Frankfurt has announced announce the next edition of inspiration - Heimtextil India 2015 that aims to bring with it enhanced opportunities to network during the Indian buying season, from 25 – 27 June 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The organisers, in a series of moves to scale up the exhibition level, have decided to focus on technical innovations, upcoming talents, knowledge sharing, as well as home furnishing and textile market developments through strategically planned fringe programmes.

Epson is teaming up with select fashion designers from across the Americas to bring a unique experience to the runway in New York City during Fashion Week in February. Marrying fashion and technology, the Epson ‘Digital Couture’ event will feature 11 designers’ collections created using Epson’s dye sublimation print technology and will demonstrate the design freedom and capabilities of the technology for the fashion industry.

Mimaki is set to showcase its latest textile printing technology at Heimtextil 2015. The international trade fair for home and contract textiles takes place at Messe Frankfurt, Germany from January 14th to 17th, 2015, where Mimaki is Gold Sponsor of the European Digital Textile Conference. Here Mike Horsten will discuss “Why the home textile sector will switch to digital” on Thursday, January 15th, in Hall 4.0 at 12:25 pm.

MTEX Solutions is all set for Heimtextil next week (January 14th to 17th, 2015) where the company is showcasing its new digital-to-textile printers and treatment machines for digitally printed textile solutions.

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