EFI Reggiani unveils new entry-level textile printer at ITMA Asia

Efficient, sustainable industrial inkjet printing

EFI Reggiani showcasing its textile printing at ITMA Asia
EFI Reggiani showcasing its textile printing at ITMA Asia

EFI Reggiani has introduced a new, industrial, entry-level scanning printer, Blaze, at the ITMA Asia tradeshow, which is being held from 12-16 June in Shanghai, China. The printer will help textile companies enter the world of efficient, sustainable industrial inkjet printing. It is equipped with EFI Reggiani’s state-of-the-art technology, offering the highest quality, reliability, and flexibility on the widest variety of designs.

“Despite the impact of the pandemic, EFI Reggiani has continued to invest and develop the next trailblazing technology for the textile market,” said company’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “Our customers are our number one priority no matter how small or big they are. With the EFI Reggiani Blaze, we are able to offer an ideal solution for companies that want to enter the industrial textile digital printing space. We are excited to be able to offer such a solution and look forward to embarking on this journey with our customers.”

A compact footprint

The EFI Blaze printer allows textile companies to enter the digital textile printing market with a compact solution. The new 1.8-meter wide printer offers a continuous recirculation ink system equipped with a level sensor and degassing and a printhead crash protective system for longer printhead life and superior uptime.

The Blaze printer can produce up to 125 linear meters per hour with a printing resolution of up to 600×1200 dots per inch (dpi). The printer has eight 300-dpi dual-channel printheads and can print in up to eight colors with full variable drop size.

Flexible fabric feed 

The EFI Reggiani Blaze is equipped with a continuous and switchable belt washing unit to remove water and fabric hairs. In addition, an embedded device for adhesive application offers the possibility to use thermoplastic, resin, and permanent adhesives.

The printer also includes other features for enhanced productivity and value, including a 400-mm roll unwinder, expandable shafts, an air gun, and a pneumatic bar for standard fabrics.

The Reggiani Blaze printer offers a user interface with real-time image processing and flexible queue management. The software also runs a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) job editor and tools to predict printing speed accurately and ink usage.

The entry-level Blaze launch is the first in an important series of 2021 product introductions coming from EFI Reggiani, including another advanced digital inkjet printer – a higher-volume EFI Reggiani Hyper model making its debut in July.

EFI Reggiani Terra Silver enhancement

EFI has also released an enhanced version of the EFI Reggiani Terra Silver printer, a 1.8-meter wide printer operating with EFI Reggiani’s unique Terra pigment ink with binder solution for high-quality, highly sustainable, direct-to-textile printing without steaming or washing.

The new-version Terra Silver printer is part of EFI’s complete Terra line-up of pigment ink printer solutions for a greener, smarter, a short process in industrial textile printing and features:

A new recirculating ink system for superior reliability and minimum maintenance at start-up and during production

Water-based reactive ink

At ITMA Asia, the company has announced a new service provided to Chinese customers, offering EFI Reggiani Aqua water-based reactive inks that EFI Reggiani is now manufacturing in China. Designed to deliver outstanding quality on cotton, silk, viscose rayon, linen, and lyocell, AQUA inks are ideal for producing home textile and fashion products with deep, intensive colors.


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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