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The Green Revolution: How Microfactories Can Change the Face of Fashion by Mark Sollman, Product Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe (c) Mimaki EMEA
Traditionally, apparel manufacturing has centred on a production chain model of sourcing materials and producing garments in bulk, microfactories are now enabling on-demand, on-location production
12.01.2022

Mimaki Europe: The Green Revolution

  • The Green Revolution: How Microfactories Can Change the Face of Fashion by Mark Sollman, Product Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe

With the all-important COP26 Climate Change Conference having taken centre stage in November, there is no time like the present for the fashion world to rally together in stepping up sustainability efforts and getting carbon emissions under control. Globally, the fashion industry is now estimated to account for around 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and 20 percent of wastewater , making the pursuit of greener production methods more pertinent than ever before. Thankfully, we are seeing a new era of production enter the fashion arena, with the increasing emergence of technologically advanced, highly automated microfactories.

Along with reducing unnecessary waste through on-demand production, microfactories have a smaller ecological footprint than traditional garment production and require no water use during the production process, making it not only a faster solution, but a greener one too.

  • The Green Revolution: How Microfactories Can Change the Face of Fashion by Mark Sollman, Product Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe

With the all-important COP26 Climate Change Conference having taken centre stage in November, there is no time like the present for the fashion world to rally together in stepping up sustainability efforts and getting carbon emissions under control. Globally, the fashion industry is now estimated to account for around 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and 20 percent of wastewater , making the pursuit of greener production methods more pertinent than ever before. Thankfully, we are seeing a new era of production enter the fashion arena, with the increasing emergence of technologically advanced, highly automated microfactories.

Along with reducing unnecessary waste through on-demand production, microfactories have a smaller ecological footprint than traditional garment production and require no water use during the production process, making it not only a faster solution, but a greener one too.

Last year’s FESPA saw Mimaki team up with fashion designer Carolina Guzman to bring her designs to life in real time at the show, setting up its own working microfactory live on-site to take her designs from screen to garment within just a day. Guzman’s designs were created using Mimaki’s TS100-1600 Sublimation Printer, before being transferred to textile, digitally cut and finally pieced together. Devised with a string of ethical and environmental objectives threaded throughout, the microfactory also exclusively utilised eco-friendly Greentex fabric, and any remaining material was donated to Sheltersuit: a wind- and waterproof coat that can be transformed into a sleeping bag, which is provided free of charge to homeless people and refugees.

Through working with a number of strategic partners – including transfer printing expert, Klieverik; paper solutions specialist, Neenah Coldenhove; and digital cutting equipment provider, Summa – Mimaki was able to produce a collection of unique, high-quality garments live on the stand during the tradeshow, demonstrating to visitors from more than 100 countries some of the key reasons that microfactories seem set to change the future of fashion…

Unparalleled speed and versatility
Where traditionally, apparel manufacturing has centred on a production chain model of sourcing materials and producing garments in bulk, microfactories are now enabling on-demand, on-location production, making it possible to create everything from unique, one-off pieces and samples right through to entire product lines – all at unprecedented speeds. This means greater flexibility and customisation, enabling designers to modify or update designs and respond to market trends as they occur.

Simplified supply chains and minimised risk
The microfactory setup brings production in-house and on-demand, minimising the cost of not only storing stock, but also of shipping it and responsibly disposing of unsold items. Where recent geopolitical events have highlighted the fragility of global supply chains, microfactories offer a unique independence from these systems, empowering garment manufacturers to future-proof their businesses, become less reliant on external systems and suppliers, and reduce the risk of disruptions.

A boosted bottom line and a greener future
Facilitating savings in a whole line of resources, from physical storage and production space to time and energy, microfactories ultimately have the potential to significantly increase profitability for garment manufacturers, with the additional benefit of being easily scalable as production increases. Perhaps even more compelling, however, are the environmental considerations. Demonstrated on a small scale through Mimaki’s recent project, the environmental benefits inherent to microfactory production will have an even greater impact as it becomes more prolific and commonplace throughout the fashion world, with the potential to effect meaningful environmental change as adoption increases in the years to come.

13.10.2021

Launch of EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver

  • EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver Makes Debut at Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 for a Short, Smart and Green Process
  • The new, industrial, entry-level EFI™ Reggiani TERRA Silver textile printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is making its debut at the Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 tradeshow, 12-15 October at RAI Amsterdam.
  • The EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver uses unique TERRA pigment ink for high-quality, highly sustainable direct-to-textile printing without steaming or washing.       

“This is one of the first trade shows to return after the pandemic, and we are very excited to again meet customers in person and showcase an innovative offering that delivers superior printing results while using less time, water and energy,” said EFI Reggiani Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “We are introducing this advanced EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver solution to the many print service providers at Fespa, presenting them with an ideal path to enter the industrial textile segment with a short, smart and green production process.”

  • EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver Makes Debut at Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 for a Short, Smart and Green Process
  • The new, industrial, entry-level EFI™ Reggiani TERRA Silver textile printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is making its debut at the Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 tradeshow, 12-15 October at RAI Amsterdam.
  • The EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver uses unique TERRA pigment ink for high-quality, highly sustainable direct-to-textile printing without steaming or washing.       

“This is one of the first trade shows to return after the pandemic, and we are very excited to again meet customers in person and showcase an innovative offering that delivers superior printing results while using less time, water and energy,” said EFI Reggiani Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “We are introducing this advanced EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver solution to the many print service providers at Fespa, presenting them with an ideal path to enter the industrial textile segment with a short, smart and green production process.”

The new-version TERRA Silver printer is part of EFI’s complete TERRA line-up of pigment ink printer solutions. It is a 180-cm wide printer that can print up to 190 sqm per hour with eight dual-channel printheads. The printer also features:

•    A new recirculating ink system for superior reliability and minimum maintenance
•    Several printing modes to ensure maximum flexibility in terms of design capability
•    New, real-time image processing that eliminates time spent in image pre-calculations
•    A user friendly, intuitive interface
•    A more-efficient polymerisation process that takes place as printed textile goes through the printer’s on-board dryer.

In Fespa stand 1-G71, attendees can see the EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver print smoothly and precisely on knitted and woven fabrics. The printer’s quality is evident in its high-uniformity printing modes, and it delivers numerous features that enhance the production process, including an accurate WYSIWYG interface and flexible queue management.
 
EFI Reggiani is also a leading developer of textile inks. The EFI Reggiani TERRA pigment inks used on the Silver model deliver excellent wet and dry fastness properties and remarkable sharpness in detail. Designed to leverage EFI Reggiani digital printers’ market-proven industrial performance capabilities, these eco-friendly, water-based inks provide an extraordinary level of print durability and yield longer print head life with reduced maintenance costs. The high-performance digital pigment inks also use an innovative binder technology for fast, sustainable, and cost-competitive industrial textile printing on the widest range of fabrics. Users also gain superior print definition and colour intensity.
 
This year, EFI Reggiani celebrates 75 years of heritage and innovation in the textile world. Always committed to deliver to the market new cutting-edge technologies, EFI Reggiani has world-class products offering boosted uptime and reliability, high performance throughput, and remarkable printing uniformity and accuracy – all while helping customers increase the sustainability of their textile manufacturing activities. Green EFI Reggiani processes give users fast, complete and sustainable solutions across a broad range of textile applications.
 
In this 75th anniversary year, EFI Reggiani has also launched several other ground-breaking solutions, such as EFI Reggiani HYPER, the fastest scanning digital printer on the market, and the EFI Reggiani BLAZE, an industrial entry-level, easy-to-use printer designed to give new textile companies the opportunity to adopt digital inkjet production with a compact solution to blaze a successful path into the industry.

Source:

Electronics For Imaging, Inc.

Mimaki präsentiert neue Anwendungsmöglichkeiten auf der FESPA 2021 (c) Mimaki Europe BV
LED-UV-Inkjet-Flachbettdrucker JFX600-2513
16.09.2021

Mimaki präsentiert neue Anwendungsmöglichkeiten auf der FESPA 2021

  • Neue Technologien von Mimaki für Werbetechnik, 3D- und Textildruck erstmals auf der Messe zu sehen
  • Innovation – das zentrale Motto für den Messeauftritt von Mimaki – mit Präsentation von Kunden- und Partneranwendungen

Mimaki Europe wird seine breite Palette an Digitaldrucktechnologien auf der FESPA Global Print Expo 2021, 12.-15. Oktober 2021, RAI Amsterdam, präsentieren. Dazu gehören der brandneue UV-Flachbettdrucker JFX600-2513, die Drucker der UJF-Serie mit hoher Geschwindigkeit und Qualität sowie der 3D-Desktop-Farbdrucker 3DUJ-2207. Im Rahmen einer interaktiven Ausstellung wird Mimaki auch erfolgreiche Anwendungsbeispiele seiner Kunden und Partner präsentieren.

Zu den neuen Lösungen gehört der JFX600-2513, ein LED-UV-Inkjet-Flachbettdrucker für das Großformat, der mit seiner hohen Geschwindigkeit und Produktivität speziell für den Druck großer Auflagen gedacht ist. Dank einer größeren Auswahl an Tintentypen und der höheren Medienflexibilität wartet dieses neue Modell mit einem breiteren Spektrum an Anwendungsmöglichkeiten für Druckdienstleister auf.

  • Neue Technologien von Mimaki für Werbetechnik, 3D- und Textildruck erstmals auf der Messe zu sehen
  • Innovation – das zentrale Motto für den Messeauftritt von Mimaki – mit Präsentation von Kunden- und Partneranwendungen

Mimaki Europe wird seine breite Palette an Digitaldrucktechnologien auf der FESPA Global Print Expo 2021, 12.-15. Oktober 2021, RAI Amsterdam, präsentieren. Dazu gehören der brandneue UV-Flachbettdrucker JFX600-2513, die Drucker der UJF-Serie mit hoher Geschwindigkeit und Qualität sowie der 3D-Desktop-Farbdrucker 3DUJ-2207. Im Rahmen einer interaktiven Ausstellung wird Mimaki auch erfolgreiche Anwendungsbeispiele seiner Kunden und Partner präsentieren.

Zu den neuen Lösungen gehört der JFX600-2513, ein LED-UV-Inkjet-Flachbettdrucker für das Großformat, der mit seiner hohen Geschwindigkeit und Produktivität speziell für den Druck großer Auflagen gedacht ist. Dank einer größeren Auswahl an Tintentypen und der höheren Medienflexibilität wartet dieses neue Modell mit einem breiteren Spektrum an Anwendungsmöglichkeiten für Druckdienstleister auf.

Die in diesem Monat auf den Markt gebrachten Drucker UJF-7151 plusII und Modelle der UJF-MkII e-Serie werden auch zu den Hauptattraktionen am Mimaki-Messestand gehören. Der für reibungslosen und zuverlässig hohen Durchsatz konzipierte UJF-7151 plusII ermöglicht eine um bis zu 190% höhere Druckgeschwindigkeit als sein Vorgängermodell UJF-7151 plus. Dieser Drucker unterstützt den Einsatz schwerer Schablonen – ideal zum präzisen Bedrucken schwerer Materialien wie Holz, Metall und Glas.

Als weiteres Beispiel für das Portfolio von Mimaki und ebenfalls brandneues Produkt wird auch der Mimaki 3DUJ-2207 erstmals auf der FESPA präsentiert. Dieser einfach skalierbare 3D-Desktop-Drucker soll Designern und Produktentwicklern eine Welt voller Möglichkeiten eröffnen, die den 3D-Druck mit all seiner Farbenpracht bislang noch nicht nutzen konnten.

Source:

Mimaki Europe BV