Industry research analyst company Smithers says the DTG market size will almost double in the next five years, meaning opportunity for print businesses. Wayne Robinson assess the implications.

Kodak is looking at growing into the textile sector, it has just opened a textile test centre, following the launch of its Kodalux light-blocking fabric coating material five years ago.

Digital print solutions developer Mimaki has launched its first direct-to-film print system for garments, and says it offers opportunities to all kinds of print businesses.

Some 1400 exhibitors have booked into the rescheduled ITMA Asia + CITME textile machinery show, which includes print systems, a 15 per cent rise on the last event. It will take place in November.

The Epson Monna Lisa textile print system is celebrating two decades in production, with its new entry-level system providing opportunities for local, onshore digital printing of textiles.

Epson has used global textile show ITMA to launch the Monna Lisa ML-16000/Hy, which it says can digitally create any type of special effect on fabric, printing from 16 PrecisionCore printheads.

Mimaki has launched the Tiger600-1800TS roll-to-roll sublimation transfer inkjet textile printer at global textile show ITMA, with sales to start in the third quarter.

EFI Reggiani is showcasing sustainability and digital workflow advantages of its textile solutions at ITMA, and presenting its sustainable Reggiani ecoTerra pigment printing line up.

Kornit has launched the Apollo platform at ITMA, which it says is the ultimate in high-throughput digital production at scale, and is among a raft of digital textile print solutions it has at the show.

GJS and Brother have launched a new BIA Excellence in Digital Decorating Award for TAFE NSW Cert II students, and Brother will pay the TAFE tuition fees for a year for the student that wins it.

Textiles and garment printing are always a feature of Visual Impact, visitors interested in this area have been able to print their own t-shirt at the Velflex One Stop Transfer Shop.

Epson will show a sample of its upcoming new SC-F2260 direct-to-garment and direct-to-film printer at Visual Impact, on stand C12, which it says comes with faster performance and finer detail capability.

Impression Technology Australia has launched its Merch Factory QO-T, a dedicated direct to film desktop sheet format printer for garment transfer application.

Printing onto t-shirts, sports shirts, tote bags and the like is potentially one of the best ways for print industries to increase their revenue streams. Veflex will enable print businesses to do just that themselves.

Mimaki is entering the direct to film (DTF) inkjet printer market, with the launch of the TxF150-75 at its Global Innovation Days event.


Direct-to-garment offers print businesses the opportunity to add another revenue stream, by leveraging many of their existing skills, with relatively low investment needed to start.