DuPont Artistri at Digital Textile Printing Conference 2022

The event highlighted the latest trends and developments in textiles

DuPont Artistri Digital Inks sponsored the ‘Digital Textile Printing Conference’, which took place from 9-10 June in Santa Monica (CA). Photo credit: Fespa
DuPont Artistri Digital Inks sponsored the ‘Digital Textile Printing Conference’, which took place from 9-10 June in Santa Monica (CA). Photo credit: Fespa

DuPont Artistri Digital Inks sponsored the ‘Digital Textile Printing Conference’, which was held online from 9-10 June in Santa Monica (CA). The hybrid event brought together luxury fashion brands, retailers, textile printers, original equipment manufacturers and material suppliers to discuss the latest trends and technological advancements fueling the growth of digital textile printing.

On 9 June, Eric Beyeler, global marketing manager for DuPont Artistri Digital Inks, presented on the topic ‘Direct to Garment (DTG)/ Direct to Fabric (DTF) productivity optimization’. Eric’s presentation focused on critical ink properties that will enable DTG garment printers to print more shirts in a litre and more shirts in an hour. The overall DTF and DTG processes were described, along with the critical parameters of inkjet printing and the mechanisms that make colors most brilliant and most durable.

Recently DuPont introduced the new series for its Pigment Inks portfolio, DuPont Artistri Brite P5500, specially designed for DTG printers, decorators and fulfilment houses looking to transition to or expand their digital printing operations to achieve repeatable high-quality, durable prints through a reliable, cost-effective printing process.

Eric added, “the new Artistri P5500 set of ink colors deliver the same great color of P5000 but with improved wash fastness with both press or oven curing and faster curing times. Artistri P5590 white ink adds longer shelf life to its customer-prized coverage effectiveness and stretchability. The high gamut volume aqueous-based ink set is designed to work in printers with low-viscosity piezo-electric printheads and is suitable for all direct to garment applications, including DTF.”

Key features of DuPont Artistri P5500 that benefit DTG printers

  • Brilliant colors – gamut volume > 175,000
  • White coverage – L*>92
  • Longer shelf life through improved redispersibility
  • Dark shirt wash fastness (after five washes at 45-degree celcius) for press and oven cure > 4 (0-5 scale)

Another important product for digital textile printing is the DuPont Artistri Xite P2700 pigment inks for roll-to-roll (RTR) printers. It offers the best-in-class color gamut with deep, rich blacks and outstanding color saturation, meeting the needs of quality-conscious textile printers in apparel and home furnishings.

DuPont Artistri Xite P2700 pigment ink is formulated with the exclusive DuPont technology and is compatible with industry-standard calendars and frames for drying and curing. The pigment ink yields excellent fastness when used with several commercial pretreatments.

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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