EFI Reggiani achieves success with BOLT digital textile printer

Four units sold so far

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EFI Reggiani showcased its BOLT digital textile printer at the ITMA textile industry tradeshow in Barcelona that was held from 20-26 June. The 72-inch (1.8-meter) wide printer has been sold to four customers so far globally.

At the show, the company also honored the four customers and on 22 June presented EFI Reggiani Innovation Pioneer Awards highlighting these customers’ efforts to drive innovation in textile supply chains using the latest technology.

The awards ceremony during ITMA recognized the quartet of customers investing in the Reggiani BOLT – the first commercially available, single-pass inkjet printer capable of direct-to-textile production at speeds up to 295 linear feet (90 linear meters) per minute. The first of those customers, Italian digital textile company Texprint s.r.l., has already installed and is operating the world’s first EFI Reggiani BOLT printer.

The second and third honorees in the EFI Reggiani awards ceremony were Hunbul Tex Pvt. Ltd. – one of Pakistan’s leading digital textile printing businesses – and Pakistan-based apparel brand and retailer Firdous Cloth Mill Pvt. Ltd. Both chose the Reggiani BOLT to produce designs for men’s and women’s fashions. The fourth honoree, Zaman Textile Mills Pvt. Ltd., purchased the BOLT printer on display at ITMA; the Pakistan-based company will use the printer to produce textiles for home décor and apparel.

“These four customers deserve our Innovation Pioneer Award for their investment in state-of-the-art technology, and they will show the world just how much more efficient and profitable digital can be using the new breakthroughs the EFI Reggiani BOLT provides,” said Adele Genoni, vice president and general manager, EFI Reggiani.

The BOLT was launched last year during an open house event at the company’s facility in Bergamo, Italy. The BOLT has throughput speeds of up to 90 meters per minute (more than 8,000 square meters per hour) at a 600 x 600 dpi resolution. It features grayscale imaging in drop sizes from 5 to 30 picoliters, and also provides 600 x 4,800 maximum dpi resolution printing, allowing customers to address the full range of design needs. The printhead has been developed in partnership with a leading printhead manufacturer, and will be available exclusively for EFI Reggiani. The BOLT printer includes the new EFI Fiery BT-1000 digital front end (DFE).

In addition to the printer, the company displayed the entire digital product lineup of EFI technologies at ITMA. The exhibit also featured a complete range of water-based EFI Reggiani inks as well as EFI Mezzera indigo and dyeing technologies. In addition, EFI showed a complete textile ecosystem for end-to-end digital textile production.

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