20/04/2017 – Texprocess — auf Deutsch lesen

Digital textile printing a focal-point theme

Digital textile printing is one of the focal-point themes at this year’s Texprocess, 9-12. MAy 2017 in Frankfurt.


Digital textile printing is one of the focal-point themes at this year’s Texprocess (Photo: Messe Frankfurt) © Messe Frankfurt


The offers are European Digital Textile Conference and Texprocess Forum and moreover, the Digital Textile Microfactory in Hall 6.0 which will present a textile production chain in action – from design, via digital printing and cutting, to making up. As well, numerous exhibitors, including Brother, Epson, Ergosoft and Mimaki, will be showing digital printing technologies.

“We are expanding our programme on the subject of digital printing in response to the growing demand for digitalised technologies for processing garments, technical textiles and flexible materials. This programme is of particular interest to manufacturers of technical textiles and companies that process textiles”, says Michael Jänecke, Head of Brand Management, Textiles and Textile Technologies, Messe Frankfurt. Elgar Straub, Managing Director, VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies: “Thanks to digital textile printing, it is now possible to print apparel, shoes and technical textiles directly. Given the general trend towards individualisation, demand for individualised products is increasing in the apparel industry. This is turning digital textile printing into one of the future-oriented technologies for companies that process garments and textiles.”

Originally developed for fashion fabrics, digital textile printing is also used for printing technical textiles, such as sports clothing, and textiles for the automobile industry whereby the primary focus is on functionalising textiles. For example, swimwear can be made more colour fast to resist frequent contact with water and chlorine, and exposure to the sun. Also, textiles can be finished by applying chemicals via an inkjet printer and thus be given dirt-repellent, antimicrobial and fire-retardant properties. Additionally, using an inkjet printer in the finishing process is advantageous in terms of sustainability and efficiency.

Texprocess is being held concurrently with Techtextil, International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, for the fourth time (also from 9 to 12 May 2017).