Innovation in dye sublimation at ITMA 2019

Innovation in dye sublimation at ITMA 2019

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Images show Xaar 5601 printhead together with samples printed with the Xaar 5601 using waterborne sublimation inks that SPG specially created for this printhead. Samples printed single- pass at 100m/min and in dual colour mode
Images show Xaar 5601 printhead together with samples printed with the Xaar 5601 using waterborne sublimation inks that SPG specially created for this printhead. Samples printed single- pass at 100m/min and in dual colour mode

A technology collaboration between SPGPrints and Xaar will be showcased to a select group of visitors at ITMA 2019 taking place between 20 June and 26 June 2019 in Barcelona at Fira De Barcelona, Gran Via. The invitation-only event on the SPGPrints stand (H3-B203) will focus on a technical demonstration of the latest innovations in single pass dye-sublimation printing, giving guests a sneak preview of the new Xaar 5601 printhead together with the waterborne sublimation inks that SPGPrints created specifically for this printhead.

The dye-sublimation transfer printing process on polyester and other synthetic fabrics enable textile printing companies to print more efficiently with less ink while producing higher levels of color density for maximum impact. In addition, the Xaar 5601 sets new standards in digital textile printing that includes AcuDrp Technology and TF Technology ink re-circulation which ensures outstanding color uniformity and repeatability as well as exceptional print quality.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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