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Billions of dollars spent and what next? Core technologies for digital textile printing to be showcased at The Inkjet Conference 2016

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It has been a long path in digital textiles but with the mergers and acquisitions of the past couple of years we can see a new landscape forming. We see the giants of the screen print era still there but several under changed ownership. Stork (since 2013 SPGPrints), MS Printing Solutions, Reggiani Macchine, Buser and Zimmer were the big names of the rotary and flat screen technology. Four out of five have made the transition to digital and three out of five are under new ownership.

The mergers and acquisitions kicked off in February 2014 with the acquisition of MS by Dover Corporation, a few months later SPGPrints was the next to be sold to Investcorp. One year later, in July 2015, Reggiani was acquired by EFI, and by the end of 2015 Mimaki announced intentions to acquire La Meccanica. At the beginning of the present year, Ricoh reached an agreement to buy Anajet and just last June Epson purchased 100% of capital of Fratelli Robustelli.

Meanwhile the same companies that acquired the equipment manufacturers have been on a buying spree for ink manufacturers. Dover went on to acquire Kiian Digital, J-Teck3 and Sawgrass Industrial (as JK Group) in October 2015. EFI purchased dye and colour systems developer Rialco in March 2016 and Epson had acquired For.Tex prior to its acquisition of Robustelli. Other notable acquisitions have been Sensient buying Xennia, Kao Chemicals buying Collins Inkjet and Chimigraf, and Lubrizol acquisition of Diamond Dispersions.

But it is not just ink and equipment manufacturers that are being acquired. Kornit has just announced its purchase of the assets of its North American distributor SPSI, and EFI acquired the software house Optitex.

COMPANY LOCATION ACQUIRED BY DATE VALUE
MS Printing Solutions Caronno, Italy Dover Feb-14 $70m
SPGPrints Boxmeer, Netherlands Investcorp Jul-14 $240m
Xennia Letchworth, UK Sensient Technologies May-15 undisclosed
Domino Printing Sciences Cambridge, UK Brother Industries Jun-15 $1.5b
For.Tex Como, Italy Epson Jun-15 undisclosed
Reggiani Bergamo, Italy EFI Jul-15 $140m
Matan Rosh Ha'Ayin, Israel EFI Jul-15 $48m
JK Group Novedrate, Italy Dover Oct-15 $520m
Xeikon Eede, Netherlands Flint Group Dec-15 undisclosed
La Meccanica Bergamo, Italy Mimaki Dec-15 undisclosed
AnaJet Costa Mesa, USA Ricoh Jan-16 undisclosed
Rialco Bradford, UK EFI Mar-16 undisclosed
MACtac Soignies, Belgium Avery Dennison Apr-16 $227m
Optitex New York, USA EFI Jun-16 $53m
Robustelli Como, Italy Epson Jun-16 undisclosed
Chimigraf Barcelona, Spain KAO Chemicals Jun-16 $98m (combined)
Collins Inkjet Cincinnati, USA KAO Chemicals Jun-16
Engineered Printing Solutions East Dorset, USA Xaar Jul-16 undisclosed
Diamond Dispersions Sheffield, UK Lubrizol Jul-16 undisclosed
SPSI Maple Grove, USA Kornit Jul-16 undisclosed

After busy months in the world of mergers and acquisitions we are left with a more integrated supply chain with even bigger players with the financial might to support the additional R&D funding required to keep the development of next generation systems. The evolution of inkjet has not yet reached a plateau. From the abstracts submitted to the third edition of The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC) we are seeing further development of core technologies in both hardware, software and ink chemistry. Among the presentations dedicated to digital textile printing are:

  • “Upcoming trends in digital technologies for textile” by Prof. Marc Van Parys from TexZeppelin
  • “Fastness and disperse printing” by Will Van Daal from Huntsman
  • “Collaboration of new screen print and Digiace inkjet print” by Nathan Unger from Matsui
  • “Benefits of using pigment inks for textile printing” by Guy Evron from Bordeaux Inks

Leading printhead manufactures, Fujifilm Dimatix, Konica Minolta, Seiko Instruments, Toshiba TEC and Xaar, will provide technology updates, some of them announcing for the first time printheads suitable for textile printing. Caldera, ColorGATE, Global Graphics, Global Inkjet Systems and TTP Meteor will give technical talks about software driving the printers and enhancing image quality and print performance. Furthermore, key manufacturers in laboratory equipment will speak about ink formulation and analysis.

Interest for inkjet pushes new market players to join TheIJC 2016

In 2015 TheIJC brought together 400 inkjet experts

drupa 2016 showed the direction of digital printing future, now TheIJC invites all who look ahead to technological insights of inkjet engineering and chemistry, and who build the future. Supported by drupa, sponsored by MS Italy and organised by ESMA, the third edition of the world’s largest inkjet event returns to Swissôtel Düsseldorf/Neuss on 4-6 October 2016. So far, more than 20% of the tabletops have been booked by new exhibitors and 50% of delegates registered to date have never attended TheIJC before.

drupa has been the supporting partner of The Inkjet Conference since its inauguration in 2014 and enabled creating a venue for 400 technology developers, engineers, chemists, researchers and decision makers. During the fair in June 2016 many of TheIJC delegates and exhibitors presented new products and solutions, and all of them confirmed to join the conference in October. Given the numbers of registered newcomers and a setting for at least 70 tabletops, a record breaking attendance is expected.

Presentation titles already confirmed

Over 50 companies have already confirmed and many of them have submitted their presentation titles with abstracts for review. Among the first-time exhibitors and presenters are:

The detailed and continuously updated list of presentation abstracts is available at http://theijc.com/event-program. The range of topics reflects the complete spectrum of components which contribute to the performance of an inkjet system. “Inkjet and digital cover a diverse range of topics and technologies, including precision engineering, chemistry, electronics, software, database management, hydraulic systems, surface science, colour management, inkjet printheads and of course a huge knowledge about the specific application. In isolation each of these topics are quite straight forward, but it is their interaction and a weakness in any one of them that will affect system performance. Just as we start to understand one area, we discover several more to explore. To know where to start is always a challenge. TheIJC offers guidance for both newcomers and professionals from specific domains who want to broaden their expertise“, says Steve Knight, Co-founder of TheIJC.

Workshop spaces filling quickly

Dedicated to its educational objectives, The Inkjet Conference 2016 has been extended with six workshop sessions on 4 October 2016. The workshops are offered for free to first 100 delegates who register for the main event and the spaces are filling quickly with “Inkjet in Packaging” chaired by Sean Smyth being the most popular so far. Other sessions will provide the participants with practical knowhow about waveform tuning (chaired by Dr Steven Hoath from University of Cambridge and ImageXpert), colour management and print (Oliver Kammann and Fogra), functional fluids (David Chapman) and speciality effects in textiles (Prof. Marc van Parys). A hands-on introduction to inkjet background and terminology including practical demonstrations will be given by Steve Knight and Johannes Renner from the iPrint Institute.

Delegate registration

The Inkjet Conference will feature two tracks with 50 technical presentations, an exhibitor area of at least 70 tabletops and an exquisite networking dinner on the evening of 5 October 2016. Together with one inkjet workshop of choice, lunches and refreshments, it is all included in the delegate fee of 695 euro + VAT. ESMA members pay 605 euro and academics enjoy a special rate of 160 euro. Group bookings unlock additional discounts. Registration is available http://theijc.com/about-event/registration-2016

Some of those who have already confirmed for the TheIJC 2016 as exhibitors, speakers or delegates include: Aako | Actega | Adphos | Albea | Allnex | Agfa | Archipelago | Arcolor | AT Inks | Atlantic Zeiser | Barberan | Barbieri Electric | Baumer Inspection | Bühler | Caldera | ChemStream | Collins Inkjet | ColorGate | Digital Direct | Domino | DPS Innovations | Duralchrome | Eckart | Excelitas | Fujifilm Dimatix | Fujifilm Imaging Colorants | Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems | GEW | Global Graphics | Global Inkjet Systems | Hapa | Heraeus | Holding Textile Hermès | Hönle | Huntsman | Hymmen | IACS | ImageXpert | Impress Surfaces | Industrial Inkjet | Integration Technology | INX Digital | iPrint Institute | Isimat | ISTEC Faenza | KBA-Kammann | KBA-Sheetfed Solutions | KHS | KIWO | KNF | Kodak | Konica Minolta | KWH Mirka | Leibniz Institute for New Materials | Malvern Instruments | Mankiewicz | Marabu | Matsui | Megnajet | Microtrac | Nazdar | NMP Systems | NTS Group | Océ Technologies | Pall | Particle Metrix | Phoseon | Rex-Tone Industries | Ricoh | RJA Dispersions | Roland DG | Schott | Seiko Instruments | Sensient | Smithers Pira | Stillemans | STS Inks | Sun Chemical | TexZeppelin | Thieme | Todema | TTP Meteor | Toshiba | Unilin Industries | University of Cambridge | Velvet Jet | Weber Marking Systems | Wifag-Polytype | Windmöller & Hölscher | Winner Screen Machines | Xaar | Xeikon Manufacturing

Mobile app

For 2016 The Inkjet Conference has introduced an app developed for all mobile devices (Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Phone). It is available in the stores as “TheIJC 2016” and contains all conference details with automatic updates. Read more at http://theijc.com/medias/mobile-app

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