Live demonstration of the Xaar printhead at ITMA 2019

Xaar printhead with waterborne sublimation inks by SPGPrints

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Xaar introduced its latest printhead, the Xaar 5601, to the textile industry at ITMA Barcelona 2019 held from 20 to 26 June 2019. The Xaar 5601 is equipped with Xaar’s technologies – AcuDrp and TF technology for ink recirculation – which ensure color uniformity and repeatability as well as print quality.

The technology collaboration between Xaar and SPGPrints was highlighted through a live demonstration at the SPGPrints stand giving guests a preview of the new Xaar printhead together with the waterborne sublimation inks that SPGPrints created specifically for this printhead.

The demonstration showed single pass printing at 100 meters a minute and in dual color mode. The dye-sublimation transfer printing process on polyester and other synthetic fabrics enables textile printing companies to print more efficiently with less ink, while producing higher levels of color density for maximum impact.

Also on display at ITMA, was the Xaar 1201 printhead. With its high print quality, compact design and ability to jet 1, 2 or 4 colors, it is suitable for a wide range of small- and mid-range scanning textile applications.

The versatility and performance of the Xaar 1201 printhead was showcased within the latest version of the Papyrus Arete Combo, a 6-color hybrid dye sublimation printer from d.gen, capable of printing on both fabric and transfer paper.

We were delighted to have such a strong presence at ITMA 2019, thanks to SPGPrints and d.gen. With the Xaar 1201 for low to mid volume scanning and the Xaar 5601 for high volume scanning and single pass, we successfully showcased the complete range of capabilities which the Xaar printheads bring to the textile market,” said Gerard Winn, textiles segment business manager at Xaar.

We’ve received positive feedback, especially from the guests who were invited to see the Xaar 5601 technology demonstration. The quality, speed and color consistency clearly resonated with OEMs and end users alike who were impressed with the capabilities of the Xaar 5601 printhead,” Winn added.

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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