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.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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