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Australia's biggest apparel direct-to-garment printer QTCo is having a stellar year, and has installed two more Kornit DTG printers to join its fleet of four existing models.

Two new Kornits: Dareen Fraser, managing director, QTco
Two new Kornits: Dareen Fraser, managing director, QTco

The company has installed two Kornit HD-6 digital inkjet printers, which are the high-volume 1200dpi systems which have CMYK plus red, green, and white. They are additional capacity to the first Kornit Storm II, two Kornit Avalanches, and a Kornit HD6.

QTCo owner Darren Fraser says: “The Kornit printers provide the quality, consistency and productivity that we need, and have proven it over the years. The new HD6 printers have a wider gamut with the red and green channels and produce the retail quality that we look for, therefore making them an attractive proposition for us. Kornit is the best platform for QTCo, we hope to have them as our partner as we move forward in the years ahead.”

The whole production line at QTCo is digitised, jobs come in through their API, which is then directly integrated to the large global customers they offer print fulfilment services to, and to some of the most popular web platforms, so that integration with smaller customers is also seamless. Fraser says: “We have all jobs that come into the factory going out of the door within a maximum of 48 hours.”

This speed to market has seen plenty of work that had been going overseas, particularly to the US, coming back onshore with QTCo. Fraser says: “We win with the delivery times. The customer experience we provide is excellent.”

The stock in trade products at QTCo are t-shirts, with fleeces not far behind. QTCo also diversified their range offering sublimated print-on-demand drinkware products.

It was only two years ago that QTCo moved into its new factory, tripling the floorspace of the previous site, giving it plenty of room to expand. Fraser says: “It was a smart move, we have been able to accommodate the new printers, and the inventory has doubled.”

To read a full feature story on QTCo go to page 50 in the latest issue of the nation's best print trade media title, Print21, or click here to go to the article online.

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