Epson Italia S.p.A. is to acquire 100% of the capital of Fratelli Robustelli S.r.l. (Robustelli), a leader in the textile printing industry.  Located in Como, the heart of the Italian and European high-quality printing textile industry, Robustelli specialises in the development, manufacture, and sale of digital inkjet textile printers, notably the Monna Lisa series (above), which it began developing with Epson in 2003.

EFI has acquired Optitex, an emerging, fast growing global player in integrated 3D design software that enables the textile industry's digital transformation and accelerates the adoption of fast fashion. With offices in the U.S., Italy, India, Hong Kong and Israel, privately held Optitex will be integrated into EFI's Productivity Software business unit.

A recent investment in a new MTEX Blue dye sublimation printer by Soyang Europe has enabled the company to significantly increase its sample production and testing, benefiting its customer base with an improved service.

Roland DG is to release a series of fluorescent inks specifically formulated for its Texart XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format dye-sublimation printers.

Dye sublimation is the most versatile textile digital printing process and while it is not suitable for every textile substrate, it is certainly the best route for signage professionals to dip their toe in the world of printed textiles, and potentially other rigid materials with the same hardware. Here textile printing expert Magnus Mighall of R A Smart explains how.

Hybrid Services has announced a couple of competitively priced dye sublimation printer packages with an attractive entry price and low running costs. The two packages are ideal for companies looking at adding dye sub printing to their service offering.

An Essex-based family-run company is taking the first steps towards revolutionising the way that wide format wall décor will reach the domestic home interior décor market.

Roland DG has announced that both R A Smart and i-Sub Ltd will both add the Roland DG Texart XT-640 dye-sublimation transfer machine to their portfolio of printers as consumer demand for digital textile sublimation printing continues to rise.

Kornit Digital has announced that its long-term customer Blur of Barcelos, Portugal, has purchased an Allegro single-step digital textile printing solution. Already highly successful with its Kornit Avalanche direct-to-garment systems, this enterprising company is now moving into the market for the full digital production of fast fashion products with the addition of full roll-to-roll printing capabilities.

The first UK installation of EFI’s VUTEk FabriVU 340 soft signage printer has gone in to theatrical industry supplier Prompt Side Theatrical Drapery. Already a user of a VUTEk GS3250LX Pro LED printer, the company was seeking a way to add polyesters and other fabrics to its portfolio to extend the types of scenery, backdrops and drapery it produces for a vast range of applications.

Graphic production and installation company Extreme Display has added a second MTEX direct to textile printer to its fleet, investing in a new 3.2m MTEX 5032Pro to sit alongside its MTEX 3200.

PEARL’s a winner

March 03, 2016

Texo Trade Services (TTS) says it is now possible to print seamless 5m wide canvases for light boxes with its new PEARL Lightbox textile material.

Sabur Digital has been appointed as a Mimaki reseller by UK and Irish distributor, Hybrid Services, introducing the product range into the company’s portfolio of textile hardware systems.

Macclesfield Rugby Union Club is competing in the 2015/16 season with the benefit of sponsorship from local textile print specialist and Mimaki reseller R A Smart who is sponsoring the first team’s kit.

FESPA Textile 2016 will open its doors in just two weeks’ time as the largest digital textile event to date, occupying two halls at the RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam, from 8-11 March.

With the most comprehensive showcase of digital textile print technologies and applications in Europe this year set to open in just two months, FESPA is pleased to announce its two strategic Textile partners: Kornit Digital as FESPA Textile Corporate Partner, and d.gen as Digital Textile Partner. These partnerships bring the benefit of the industry leader’s combined knowledge to the FESPA visitor.

Textile printing is proving to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the digital wide format print industry, and with technology a key driver for the changes, demand for education is high on the agenda for print service providers. At FESPA Textile 2016 (8-11 March), FESPA is supporting printers with a daily programme of unmissable seminars from industry professionals, and alongside these is also hosting a one-day Digital Textile Conference, with the objective of providing a comprehensive learning platform for anyone looking to develop in this area.

It would appear that Italian digital textile printing machinery companies have become a much sought after acquisition following EFI’s purchase of the Bergamo based Reggiani Macchine last year, and now the Japanese inkjet giant Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. has snapped up the stocks of another Bergamo based textile printing machinery company, La Meccanica Costruzione Tessili-S.P.A.

The increase in demand for bespoke and short run interior textiles – be it for furnishings, décor or display graphics – is showing no sign of abating. This is why Mimaki is set to launch a 3.2-m wide, roll-to-roll, dedicated transfer paper printer - TS500P-3200 - for the textile industry. The new Mimaki sublimation inkjet printer is ideal for a broad range of applications including home furnishing textiles and indoor soft signage.

Leading wide format printer manufacturer, Roland DG has revealed the findings of its Texart Digital Textile Survey, carried out at ITMA 2015 in Milan. Roland enjoyed a highly successful show with its ‘Go Digital’ themed booth packed with innovative profit-making textile solutions, creative samples and live demonstrations which captured the imagination of attendees.

Hollywood Monster has played a part in the launch of the latest Star Wars movie – Star Wars: The Force Awakens by creating blockbusting 15m x 4m textile wall graphic for Cineworld in the heart of Birmingham.

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