Mimaki to show high quality fabric printing at InPrint 2014

Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing, EMEA

Mimaki is perfectly positioned and very proud to be a founding partner of the InPrint Show 2014.  The company’s expertise and innovative industrial design concepts provide a solid platform to give Mimaki a key profile at this show. With industrial printing taking giant leaps forward and inkjet technology playing a significant role in this booming market Mimaki’s innovative product portfolio based upon its UV-curable inkjet technology is bound to excite the visitor with the promise of a range of interesting business opportunities. Meeting the trend for personalisation and on-demand garment decoration, Mimaki's range of fabric printers are paving the way.

A key focus for Mimaki at the InPrint show will be demonstrations of print onto diverse fabrics. Mimaki's sublimation printer the TS500-1800 will be among the systems showcased along with solutions from Mimaki’s UJF and the JFX plus Series highlighting the company’s broad textile printing portfolio. “We're constantly raising the bar in terms of the cost, quality and flexibility metrics for high quality small lot printing of textiles, even when using stretchy fabrics," says Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA, Mimaki Europe B.V..

Mimaki’s equipment is designed to improve productivity in the textile and clothing sectors and in fabric printing. These sectors are experiencing serious growth in runs similar to the growth of digital printing.  It is visible to the market that with this technology the possibilities for printers are endless.  The machine can make flags, banners, all kinds of signs, PoS materials, sports clothes, t-shirts and other garments, home textiles and a whole lot more.

There has been huge interest in the market for these types of applications in recent months and a stand-out example of this is Mimaki customer, Estampados Pérez, a family company located near Barcelona, Spain in the city of Mataró.  They are experiencing exceptional profits with Mimaki sublimation technology.  In business for some thirty years, the company has traditionally focused on printing on fabric and therefore has considerable experience.  They operate from sites in Spain as well as in Morocco and now have a suite of Mimaki printers in operation 24/7 sourced through their supplier, Digidelta. The owner José Pérez states the addition of the innovative sublimation printers has given Estampados Pérez an incredible volume of growth in a difficult economic climate.  With a customer base including Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius, Desigual and Mango, Estampados Pérez states that without a doubt Mimaki’s printing systems have been an outstanding success and that they can now claim to have printed over 230,000 metres since the first Mimaki machine was installed.

Horsten concludes, “Industrial printing is a vital manufacturing process and inkjet technology is increasingly being used in the industrial sector.  Mimaki’s innovative printing technologies can be used in the production of many goods across many sectors.  The InPrint Exhibition is a forward looking arena where we can communicate with Europe’s decision makers who will be looking out for innovation for industrial print production.  The Mimaki machinery is bound to speed up the gradually growing transition to digital printing in the worlds of textiles and apparel. They will enable fashion designers and others in the industry to produce vibrant small lot products on unique materials, not previously possible with digital printing. This includes cotton, silk, hemp and rayon - all popular fabrics in the world of fashion design.   We are looking forward to InPrint 2014 to demonstrate the quality product that Mimaki machines can produce.”