Kodak launches KodaColor Film-to-Fabric Ink System

KodaColor FTF can be printed on a wide variety of fabrics

Kodak has launched KodaColor Film-to-Fabric Ink System for the printing industry
Kodak has launched KodaColor Film-to-Fabric Ink System for the printing industry

Eastman Kodak Company announces the launch of a new ink system for Film-to-Fabric (DTF) printing projects.

Film-to-Fabric ink systems can be used with most modified inkjet printers and involve three simple components – powder, film, and ink. The benefits of DTF, like the KodaColor FTF (Film-to-Fabric) System, include the ability to print on a wide variety of fabrics (for example – natural fabrics, polyester, nylon, rayon, blends, and cotton), less investment in hardware for a startup, and more flexibility to accept customer printing projects.

Kodak’s FTF ink system is the ideal solution for print shop owners

KodaColor Film-to-Fabric Ink System includes KodaColor Powder, KodaColor Film, and Ink specially designed for use in a film-to-fabric application. Customers with existing Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printers can use KodaColor DTG Inks with KodaColor Film and powder to add KodaColor FTF System to their offerings.

For fabric, print shop owners want high-quality prints without the expense of a full-fledged DTG fabric printing system or want to offer additional print projects on fabrics other than cotton to their customers, Kodak’s FTF ink system is the ideal solution.

Grant French, Kodak’s DTG and FTF product manager, said, “We are pleased to announce the entry of Kodak into this market, giving more customers access to a high-quality, lower-cost business option to create amazing, printed fabric projects.”


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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