Garment Printing Australia is installing the country’s first digital polyester print system, the Kornit Digital Avalanche Poly Pro.
Nayyar Samad, CEO, who co-owns the business with his wife Sadia, told Print21 that the company already ran DTG, screen printing, vinyl transfer, and laser transfer equipment – but needed a solution for polyester.
“It was hard to print on polyester, and we were looking to add more machines to our operations. For a black shirt, for example, we can’t do dye sub – we would have to do vinyl transfer. However the Kornit machine has no limitations.
“Kornit came to us and showed us samples, and they were incredible – high-quality and durable. Australia has a big market for performance wear, and we wanted to grab that market,” he said.
According to Samad, the Poly Pro excels in short-run printing, meaning customers don’t need to order garments in bulk.
“With this kind of machine, there is no minimum order,” he said.
“Business is great – we’ve always been busy, that’s why we bought the bigger printers to keep up with demand.
“In future, I think there will be no room for small printers – big printers will have most of the work. It won’t be feasible to just have one printer for DTG. The market will be more professional,” said Samad.
According to Omer Kulka, vice president of marketing and product strategy at Kornit, the single-step Poly Pro “reinvents” polyester printing with a new process and inkset.
“We continually work to break technology boundaries, so that our customers can innovate and open new markets and new business opportunities, while being more operationally efficient,” says Kulka. “The new NeoPoly Technology is further proof of this innovation and reinvention mission.”
The Poly Pro will be exhibited on the Kissel + Wolf stand, number H37, at PrintEx before being installed at Garment Printing Australia in mid-August.