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Mimaki’s Tiger 1800B textile printer raises the bar

Mimaki’s Tiger 1800B textile printer raises the bar

Mimaki’s Tiger 1800B production-class textile printer enjoyed an enthusiastic reception from the industry professionals who saw it in action at a series of industry trade shows during 2016 and 2017.

The Tiger 1800B is available in direct to textile (reactive ink) and sublimation (heat transfer) versions. With a maximum printing speed of 385sq m/h, it fulfills the needs of high-volume production environments that have traditionally used analogue printing methods, as it imakes it more efficient and cost-effective to produce short runs, customised fabrics and garments, and samples.

Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe, commented: “Mimaki was an early mover in digital textile printing, and we have developed a wide range of digital textile printers, together with an industry-leading array of inks that enable our printers to image just about any fabric on the market.

“With the Tiger 1800B, we have moved from entry-level and mid-range offerings to a true production model that will help speed the analogue-to-digital transformation the industry is currently undergoing.

“Digital textile printing has grown by an average of 30 percent over the past five years, and we believe it is poised to enter the hockey-stick phase of growth over the next couple of years.”

Van den Broek added that the digital transformation is now largely being driven by brands and retailers who are now presenting more frequent collections and thus require speedier turnaround times together with a reduced stockholding and less supply chain waste.”

He continued: “We hear from our customers that they can receive orders on a Saturday and have stock in stores the following Saturday, a speed previously unheard of in the industry. Digital printing of textiles also addresses the problems associated with the fact that the textile industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters.

“Governments, especially in Europe, are moving to reduce this, especially as it affects water quality. However, as more textile manufacturing moves to digital, we will see less pollution. When using production level machines such as the Mimaki Tiger 1800B, manufacturers of garments and home goods can run a more sustainable operation, while also providing brands and retailers with the benefits they are seeking.”

 In a further move to encourage the expansion of digital printing in the textile and apparel market, Mimaki Europe formed a joint venture in mid-2017 with BOMPAN, a leading distributor in Italy. This joint venture is tasked with offering total solutions, including everything from pre-processing to post-processing and with promoting digitalisation within those markets.

Additionally, in order to ensure a streamlined end-to-end digital textile ecosystem all under one roof, Mimaki acquired La Meccanica, a digital textile printer manufacturer with more than 40 years of history in the market, and Rimslow Global, a leading manufacturer of textile pre- and post-processing machinery.

Mimaki is exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hybrid Services and the company has installed a Tiger 1800B at its Cheshire-based showroom.

For further details of Mimaki’s product range, visit: www.hybridservices.co.uk

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