Touchpoint textile – Digital textile printing gets its due at drupa 2020
12 February 2020, Mumbai : There was a time when drup show was focussed on offset, wide foramt digital, packaging, label, and other technologies and textile printing technologies could hardly get its recognition. However, realising the growing prominence of textile printing, drupa 2020 has planned to organise “Touchpoint textile”, a new special show for digital textile printing applications, in Hall 4. A variety of products, such as flags, t-shirts and bags, will be fabricated “hot off the press” every day.
Considering the continued digitalisation in textile sector, Sabine Geldermann, Director of drupa and Global Head of Print Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf said: “The growth potential in textile printing is phenomenal. It’s against this backdrop that we are dedicating a special platform to these applications.”
Meanwhile, as per the official announcement, Touchpoint textile is being supported by two main partners, viz, the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research (DITF) and European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA).
ESMA General Manager Peter Buttiens, in charge of the conference programme, said: “We are inviting speakers from research, development and industry to discuss printing and finishing technologies, workflows, market developments and sustainability. Textile printing is expanding rapidly thanks to innovations in printing processes. Both, digital and conventional technologies, can contribute to this change.”
Interestingly, DITF, Europe’s largest textile research centre, is setting up a Digital Textile Micro Factory at drupa, a fully networked, integrated production chain from customer specifications and design to fabric finishing. The said DITF Microfactory would demostrate how digital textile printing, cutting and colour management can be integrated in a fully connected production environment. DITF would demonstrate new possibilities for digitalisation and direct customer interaction, such as 3D garment simulations with direct data transfer to virtual and augmented reality (AR) applications.
Partners and sponsors of the Digital Textile Micro Factory include: Assyst (3D clothing simulation, digital twins), Vuframe (VR/AR), Mitwill (design network), Ergosoft and Caddon (RIP and colour management), HP and Multiplot (large format textile printing), Zünd (digital cutting), Juki (production and workflow) as well as Dommer, Berger Textiles and Kaspar (sponsors). Moreover, Albstadt-Sigmaringen University, another important contributor to overall concept development, is simultaneously integrating relevant subjects in its curriculum in order to equip tomorrow’s employees for new challenges.
Drupa Expo 2020 will be held from 16-26 June 2020 and digital textile printing will be an important focus of many exhibitors. drupa visitors are thus assured of getting a 360-degree view of current developments and trends in this important sector.