Launched at this year’s FESPA event in London, the MTEX 5032 digital fabric printer manufactured by the Portuguese company POD Iberia, is already in huge demand. Notable UK installations include Hollywood Monster, Xtreme Graphics and C3imaging where the printer has been installed and supported by Digital Print Innovations (DPI).
The 3.2 metre-wide MTEX 5032 printer installed at Hollywood Monster was one of the first to be delivered in the UK. The company is a leading provider of wide-format printing and renowned for its excellence in design, print and delivery capabilities. Sales Director Simon McKenzie commented: “When you have several customers asking for a particular kind of print, for example dye sublimation, we have to listen and seek out the best direct-to-textile printer to meet their needs. The MTEX 5032 ticked all the boxes for us.”
One of the first jobs produced on the printer following its installation, was for a 30 x nine-metre backdrop created for the Birmingham REP theatre and its latest production ‘Tartuffe’, which had to be both lightweight and creasefreeThe project, which took around seven hours to print and five hours to piece together, required a combination of a 220g fabric and dye sublimation technology in order to deliver the vibrant colours required. Hollywood Monster also produced around 400 square metres of digital wallpaper for the same project.
Xtreme Graphics, a leading provider of all kinds of large-format printing and a pioneer in direct-to-textile printing, has now installed two new MTEX 5032 printers to bring the total of MTEX printers in operation to four. The machines are used primarily for the production of flags and lightweight banners.
Earlier this year, the company gained special recognition for its ‘crowd surf’ 30 metre-wide and 20 metre-high banner marking the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster that claimed the lives of many Manchester United players and staff.
Improved customer choice was said to be behind the purchase of the MTEX 5032 printer installed at C3imaging. National Accounts Manager, Nigel Davies explained the rationale behind the investment, saying: “We specialise in bespoke premium digitally printed short-run graphics, displays and exhibition materials and we realised that soft signage was a future growth area. Having met with DPI at both FESPA and Sign & Digital UK, we realised that the MTEX was a stand-out machine and was the right fit at the right time for our business, as it could help us to take full advantage of exciting new soft signage opportunities.”
C3 has a network of branches in the UK and the new printer was installed at the Liverpool site. Nigel Davies added: “The MTEX printer provides a superb all-in-one direct-to-textile solution, printing at up to 1440dpi and at speeds of up to 58 square metres/hour direct to textile, using vibrant water-based inks. Having a direct-to-textile printer like the MTEX has really simplified what had previously been a fairly technical process.”
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