FESPA: MIMAKI MAKES MOVE INTO DTF
Mimaki has launched its first DTF direct-to-film print system, the TxF150-75, which it says provides an easy and affordable system for decorating apparel, in particular t-shirts.
The company has a three pronged message at the show; with innovation, sustainability and collaboration the key words.
It is seeking greater collaboration with industry associations in particular, in sustainability it is working on multiple fronts, for instance introducing cardboard ink containers rather than plastic cartridges. Arjen Evertse, sales manager at Mimaki said, “Sales have already started in Japan, the rest of the world will follow, we estimate just on the SS21 ink we will save 29 tonnes of plastic going to landfill, and 38 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
In innovation it is DTF that marks the major move by Mimaki, its first time in the market. Evertse said, “Printers have been asking us if we can produce a DTF system. The market is growing fast, and they want a DTF with Japanese engineering.
“The process with Mimaki DTF is straightforward and easy, and DTF opens up the entire world of garment decoration, there are no restrictions on materials and no issues with weeding small details.”
All inks for the new TxF150-75 are Oekotex Eco Passport certified, which is a requirement in the fashion industry.
Among the other print systems on the Mimaki stand was the new JV-330 series, which comes with a three roll media loading system.The JV330-160 eco mild solvent 50sqm an hour printer on show is available in four-colour or eight colour versions, and comes with an inbuilt XY slitter.
Also on show is the new JFX600-2513, Mimaki’s large format flatbed LED UV printer. It comes with six colours available including light colours, a large table size and a vacuum table that supports media as thick as 60mm.