Heimtextil 2017 Preview

Heimtextil 2017 Preview

TextileFuture presents selected exhibitors and their novelties at Heimtextil 2017


Spotlight on new opportunities for home textiles and fast fashion at Heimtextil 2017

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announced that it will have a significant presence at Heimtextil 2017, scheduled for January 10-13, 2017 at Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany. Mimaki will be located in Hall 6, Stand D10 at the show, and will also be participating in the Theme Park’s Digital Textile Micro Factory. Visitors to the show will also be able to hear Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA, speak about how digital printing is going mainstream, bringing significant change to the textile market.

“There is a big change happening in textile printing,” Horsten said. “This is being driven by a number of factors, including the advancements in digital textile printers and inks, as well as the demand for shorter runs, faster cycle times and more customised textile-based products for home and fast fashion. Digital textile printing addresses these market requirements and offers a new, greener way to produce outstanding textiles. Those are the topics I will cover during my talk on Wednesday, 11 January from 2:30 to 3:00 PM in the Green Village, Hall 8. Plus, visitors to our stand, and to the Digital Textile Micro Factory, will have the opportunity to see these digital textile printing solutions in action and speak with our experts about how digital textile printing can be incorporated into their businesses for increased flexibility, profitability and environmental sustainability.”

Solutions tried, true and new on display at the show

“We are very excited to be bringing a brand new printer to the show, on display for the first time at a global exhibition,” Horsten continues. “Following our acquisition of La Meccanica, including their more than 40 years of experience in digital textile printing, Mimaki has launched the Tiger-1800B direct-to-textile printer using reactive inks. We believe attendees will be quite impressed with the capabilities of this industrial-strength digital textile printer.”

The Tiger-1800B is a no-nonsense digital textile printer that simply does the job – highly productive, high quality textile printing for industrial needs. With its strong frame, stable media transportation mechanism and dedicated print head maintenance system, the Tiger-1800B is unmatched in its class. With a maximum print speed of 385 m2/hour, 600 dpi print resolution and a maximum print width of 1.850 meters, the Tiger-1800B is ideal for high volume digital production that could only be cost-effectively achieved in the past using traditional textile printing technologies. Optional units can be added to expand the printer’s capabilities, including feeding units for jumbo rolls or folded fabrics, heating units and a folding arm unit for storing fabric in the box after printing. It is ideal for the production of tapestries, flags, sports apparel, interior fabrics, fast fashion and more.

Also on show in the Mimaki stand will be:

Mimaki  TS300P-1800 The Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printer with pigment inks, a 1.8-meter textile printer for the ultimate results in on demand creation of outstanding textiles. This entry-level model fits perfectly in facilities with limited floor space, such as design studios or schools. It enables printing on a variety of textiles, including thick fabrics and woven patterns or raised fibre surfaces at a maximum print speed of 66 m2/hour.

The Tx500P-3200DS 3.2 meter direct-to-textile sublimation printer suitable for the creation of soft signage or home furnishing products withMimaki Tc500 P-3200 DS print resolution of up to 720×1080 dpi. Its simultaneous printing and colour fixation and its maximum print speed of 130 m2/hour reduce production time while delivering superior image quality.

Mimaki 1The TS300P-1800, a next-generation 1.8-meter sublimation transfer printer that produces beautiful printing on affordable thin transfer paper. Printing at up to 115 m2/hour, this printer features a cockling-reduction media transfer mechanism and uses Mimaki Sb410 high performance, low cost sublimation transfer inks. During the show, it will be producing applications using fluorescent inks, ideal for sportswear and other products.

New: The Digital Textile Micro Factory

New at Heimtextil 2017 is the Digital Textile Micro Factory, a live illustration of the entire digital production cycle, from design, digital printing and automated cutting to serial manufacturing integrated into the workflow. “We are very excited to be participating in this unique experience,” Horsten reports. “It is an ideal opportunity for visitors to the show to gain a deep understanding of the digital textile printing process and to understand the benefits it brings to textile printing operations of all types and sizes. Our Tx300P-1800 direct-to-textile printer with pigment inks and our TS300P-1800 sublimation transfer printer with fluorescent inks will be featured in this special interactive exhibit.” The Digital Textile Micro Factory is located near the Mimaki booth, in Hall 6, Stand B30.

“Digital textile printing is rapidly going mainstream,” Horsten concludes. “This will be extremely clear to Heimtextil 2017 visitors, who will be able to quickly understand how they can incorporate digital printing into the mix for their benefit and that of their customers. We are looking forward to a very interactive show and exhilarating discussions with attendees as they explore the future of their businesses.”




SPGPrints announces digital solutions for interior decor and wallcovering at Heimtextil

SPGPrints will introduce new digital printers for the interior decor and wallcovering markets based on their unique Archer® Technology on two stands at Heimtextil 2017 (Hall 3, Level 1, Stand B17, and Hall 6, Level 0, Stand B22), January 10-13, 2016, Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany

The stand in Hall 6 features live demonstrations of the new wide-format JAVELIN® digital inkjet printer for decorative textile products including bed linens, curtains and upholstery. The Hall 3 stand will feature SPGPrints’ leading solutions for rotary screen printing and information on the new PIKE® Decor printers for home deco applications.

At the heart of the new JAVELIN and PIKE printers is SPGPrints’ established Archer Technology that accurately fires variable drop sizes to create sharp detail, fine lines, solid blotches and smooth gradations on a wide range of substrates.SPGPrints JAVELIN 20cm 300dpi

Wide-format digital textile printing     

Making its global debut at the show, the new wide-format JAVELIN digital inkjet printer has a 3200mm width capability to enable the printing of home deco textiles including bed linens, curtains and hangings. Shorter runs, limited editions, and custom designs can be printed for domestic use as well as for hotels and resorts.

JAVELIN prints up to six colours at 550m2 per hour. It features a robust build and offers ease of use and maintenance.  Live demonstrations will take place in Hall 6 and SPGPrints personnel will be available to discuss applications, configurations and how this new digital capability can complement your existing production methods.

Digital printing for laminates and wallpaper

Details of two exciting new PIKE digital inkjet printers are being presented in Hall 3 aimed at providing the many advantages of digital printing to laminates and rigid decor applications and wallpaper.

A 700mm-wide PIKE printer uses a central impression cylinder to apply graphic images, textures and protective coatings to laminates. These can be used to create a wide variety of effects like stone, wood, brick, ceramic tiles, among others, to enable maximum creativity cost-effectively. A wide range of protective coatings may be applied for gloss, matt, satin and silk effects, enhancing the printed images. Textures may also be added to create additional verisimilitude to furniture and other surfaces.

A 1300mm flat-bed PIKE printer enables the direct printing of rigid substrates. Doors, table-tops, ceiling tiles and panels can be quickly imaged and customised products produced.

Both these PIKE printers deliver the digital advantage of cost-effective short runs, fast change overs, minimal waste, fast time-to-market, streamlined logistics, reduced stock-holding and warehousing. These benefits go straight to the bottom line and have the power to transform the production of furniture, kitchen units, and furnishing for hotels, restaurants, hospitals and other private and public spaces.

Furthermore, SPGPrints has successfully adapted its Archer Technology for wallcover printing applications, and is working to develop a printing line for this application.

SPGPrints leading rotary screen technologies

Rotary screen printing remains a vital method of printing for the wallcovering industry. SPGPrints provides solutions for every step in the workflow.

Information on SPGPrints wide range of screens and laser engraving systems for textile applications will be available on the Hall 3 stand enabling visitors to compare the options and receive guidance on selecting the best solution for their specific requirements.

SPGPrints is a global leading company in the textile, label and industrial printing markets. It provides total system solutions, with a portfolio including screens, lacquers, inks, digital engravers, and a broad range of rotary screen and digital printing systems. The company has applied its electroforming expertise to developing both highly reliable rotary screen technology and an extensive programme of precision metal products.



OEKO-TEX to discuss Sustainability and Millennials at Heimtextil

Grummt, Czerwinska, and other OEKO-TEX® experts will be available throughout the Heimtextil show in Hall 8 Level 0 Booth D96.

Millennials, or young adults born between 1981 and 1997, are the largest generation in history, outnumbering Baby Boomers and representing a consumer segment no manufacturer or retailer should ignore. Sustainability is an important consideration for Millennials. Most Millennials claim that they are willing to pay more for products that offer sustainability benefits. That is potentially good news for home textile products and service companies who are committed to positive social and environmental impact. However, communicating a message that resonates with Millennials and builds lasting brand loyalty with them can be challenging.

This engaging panel features Jennifer Marks, Editor-in-Chief of Home & Textiles and Carola Grummt, Head of Business Development and Product Management for the International OEKO-TEX® Association. Moderated by Anna Czerwinska, Head of Marketing and Communication for the International OEKO-TEX® Association and an expert in sustainability communications, the panelists will review the highlights of the Millennial market including key trends and the personal values that drive their purchase decisions. The experts will discuss independent, transparent third party certification as a strategy to build trust and credibility with Millennials as well as with brands, retailers, and other consumer groups.

“Accountability is a fundamental component of a marketing strategy that is effective with these socially and environmentally aware consumers,” says Czerwinska. “Millennials are looking for companies and brands who do the right thing and can prove it. Transparency is incredibly important to them.”

OEKO-TEX® offers a full range of testing and certification products that help home textile manufacturers, sourcers, brands, and retailers ensure that their products are safe, compliant, and more sustainable from fibre to factory to finished product. The event “Does Your Marketing Message Build Confidence with Millennials?” takes place Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 4:00-4:30 PM, Hall 8 in the Green Village.



Epson demonstrates latest Digital Textile Printing Solutions live

At Heimtextil Epson will demonstrate its most advanced range of digital textile printers developed to meet the professional textile market’s demand for flexible, cost-effective and sustainable production solutions. From entry-level, short-run digital printers to high-end, production-level systems, Epson delivers a choice of solutions that combine superb engineering, Epson Micro Piezo printheads and dedicated inks.

●  Epson and Robustelli highlight range of digital textile printers to meet all home décor manufacturing needs from short-run/sampling all the way to high-volume, production-level printing

● Epson teams up with young textile designers in ‘Design for Living’ initiative to showcase flexibility and potential of digital printing to create a variety of home décor and homeware products

● January 10-13, 2017, Messe Frankfurt, Stand C10, Hall 6.0

For the first time at Heimtextil, Epson will show the innovative Monna Lisa® digital production printer. Over the last 10 years, the Monna Lisa has revolutionised the digital textile printing market by moving it from the pioneering phase of sampling to reliable full-scale production. Manufactured by Robustelli with Epson printheads, and using Genesta® inks designed by Epson in cooperation with For.Tex, the Monna Lisa is a unique Total Solution for the professional textile market. Available in three print widths (180, 220 and 320 cm), it gives users the advantage of reduced production times, the ability to print customised designs on any fabric and low-cost sampling flexibility.

Today over three million square meters of fabrics are printed with Genesta pigment inks: at Heimtextil the 160cm Monna Lisa T16 model will be using eight-colour Genestapigment inks to print onto natural fabrics for a variety of home textile applications. Visitors will see quality printed fabrics with high chromatic accuracy, reproducibility, resistance and colour fastness. In addition, because printing on the Monna Lisa with Genesta pigment inks requires no steaming or washing, it is a very eco-friendly process and meets the industry’s increasing focus on sustainable production techniques.

Epson will demonstrate the affordable and easy-to-use SureColor SC-F9200 64-inch model from its SureColor range of dye-sublimation printers. This highly flexible machine is ideal for producing small-to-medium volumes of high-quality textiles and for sublimating bespoke designs onto hard substrates such as splash backs, table tops, mugs, cutlery, vases and coasters. A four-colour printer, using UltraChrome DS ink with high density HDK Black, the SC-F9200 features dual Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP printheads to ensure consistent and reliable results with superb colour and clarity.  Visitors to the stand will also see the desktop Epson SureColor SC-F2000 direct-to-fabric printer in action producing a variety of T-towels, aprons, cushions and tote bags on-demand and in minutes.

Epson works closely with textile designers and colleges around the world to explore the power of digital printing within the fashion and décor industries. For Heimtextil, the company has teamed up with four young European textile designers from its ‘Design for Living’ initiative to showcase the flexibility and potential of digital printing to create a variety of textile products.  The stand will feature a customised design from one of these student designers implemented across multiple fabrics and homeware products to showcase the considerable freedom and opportunity that Epson and Robustelli technology gives to designers and manufacturers.

Giovanni Pizzamiglio, Head of Pro-Graphics Sales, Epson Europe, says: “Choice and customisation is what the home textile industry wants today and Epson’s highly versatile dye sublimation and direct-to- natural fabric printers are designed to meet this demand. The significant range of wool, linen, cotton, silk and polyester-based fabrics that can be printed, combined with the latest in Epson digital textile printing technology, means that it is now possible to reproduce high quality, vibrant and durable designs in any volume. Our aim is to give designers, manufacturers and retailers the ability to produce quality, bespoke textile products cost-effectively and quickly to meet fast-changing market trends.”



SGCCI to develop mega textile park at Pinjrat, India

During the Gujarat summit, SGCCI, the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) for the development of mega textile park at Pinjrat will be signing a memorandum of understanding (Mou) with Gujarat government. The chamber will be signing an MoU with the Gujarat government for allotting 70 lakh square metres of land at Pinjrat near Olpad.

SGCCI president B S Agarwal said that the mega textile park is the dream project and it will change the face of Surat’s textile sector.

SGCCI office-bearers said that the presentation has been prepared by IL&FS and that it was well received by the senior government officials. The SGCCI has appointed around 15 directors to head the SPV for the mega textile park.

The mega textile park project conceived by the SGCCI is worth over Rs 1,800 crore. The park will accommodate around 100 textile processing units, 40 water jet weaving units, around 225 garmenting units and other textile supporting units, attracting a total investment of Rs 10,000 crore.

As per the proposed plan, the mega textile park will house giant textile processing units, each having average capacity of manufacturing over 3 lakh metres of fabric per day. Around 50 per cent of the fabric manufactured in the processing units will be converted into home textiles and garments. The rest of the fabric will be sold outside the state.

The processing units in Surat are located in Pandesara, Kadodara, Palsana and Sachin industrial could be shifted to the mega textile parks.

At present, the textile sector contributes around 40 % of the synthetic cloth in the country. But its share in export is quite low, because the export market requires huge quantity of cloth of same quality which cannot be supplied by the processing units in Surat.



HeiQ brings its high-performance technologies from the running tracks to the textiles at home

The high-performance technologies of Swiss textile innovator HeiQ are not only well known for its use in sports apparel, they bring added value to home textiles too. International home accessory retailers as well as specialized manufacturers such as BekaertDeslee have already enhanced their home textile collections with HeiQ’s technologies to create differentiation, added value and well-being for their consumers


Originally developed for use in outdoor and sportswear, HeiQ’s technologies work perfectly for home textiles. They provide increased hygiene, thermos-regulating, freshness and quick dry functionalities, reducing cost as well as the environmental footprint of household textiles. Upholstery, carpets, curtains, bed sheets, mattress ticking and towels can be successfully upgraded with HeiQ’s bluesign approved and Oekotex conform technologies. The sell trough and growth for HeiQ partners in home textiles has been strong.HeiQ Logo

Intelligently thermos-regulating HeiQ Smart Temp and odor-controlling HeiQ Fresh Tech create an ideal sleeping environment, whereas environment friendly HeiQ Eco Dry keeps carpets and rugs clean and stain free for longer.

Companies are increasingly aiming at a reduced carbon footprint and spending a significant amount of money on renewable energy and climate change prevention. HeiQ is delighted to be able to offer HeiQ Clean Tech as a solution that significantly reduces carbon emissions.

Applicable to any home textile based on polyester, HeiQ Clean Tech improves the dye quality and accelerates the dyeing process with disperse dyes by 1/3 to achieve cost, water energy and CO2 savings of about 30%, thereby strongly reducing waste water and lower the carbon footprint.

HeiQ will present its full product range at the Heimtextil from January 10-13, 2017, inviting customers and interested parties to visit its booth 8.0 K45. The trend setting and leading Heimtextil is the biggest and most important tradeshow for home and contract textiles worldwide.



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