Epson launches 76-inch dye-sub textile printer in America

An industrial digital textile printer for volume production

Epson SureColor F10070 inkjet printer for high volume industrial and textile printing Photo Epson

On 21 August 2020, Epson America, announced a new 76-inch wide SureColor F10070 industrial dye-sub textile printer. This new 76-inch industrial-level dye-sublimation solution offers reliability, versatility and round-the-clock productivity at what is claimed by the company to be ‘a low total cost of ownership.’ Engineered to meet the textile industry’s evolving needs, it features four 4.7-inch PrecisionCore printheads and a new hot-swappable ink system.

The F10070 delivers continuous roll-to-roll performance at production speeds up to 2,700 square feet an hour or approximately 250.8 square meters an hour. This is about four times the speed of the 44-inch wide SC-F6270 printer that Epson sells in India and runs at 63.4 meters an hour.

A solution for textile print shops looking to fulfill large orders, the F10070 produces high-quality, bright textiles for fashion, sports apparel, home décor, and soft signage. The SureColor F10070 comes equipped with an array of industrial-level features for productivity and continuous production. The new user-replaceable 4.7-inch PrecisionCore printheads deliver high-productivity with extreme drop placement accuracy for sharp detail, bright colors, and outstanding 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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